7 Fun Summer Crafts Ideas for Kids

summer crafts ideas for kids

Looking for ways to keep your kids busy during these lazy days of summer? Here are 7 creative summer craft ideas that use easy-to-find and inexpensive materials. Plus, they’re a lot of fun!

Garden Markers

Get your kids to help you create decorative signs for the garden (naming specific areas, or plants, for example) by providing them with rocks, popsicle sticks, even wooden spoons and some acrylic paints.

DIY rock garden markers ~ LuLu Bird Baby

Painted Rock Gnome Homes ~ Spoonful

Painted Rock Garden Markers ~ Crafts by Amanda

DIY Garden Markers ~ Ready-Set-Read!

Make Your Own Garden Markers ~ Skip to My Lou

Plant Markers Craft ~ For the love of food and photography

Decorating Clay Plant Pots

Get the kids interested in growing their own plants by giving them a plant pot each to decorate. After they’ve finished, they can use it for their own gardening projects!

Decorate Terra Cotta Pots using Stencils ~ Mama Smiles

Painted Hippy Clay Pot ~ Fave Crafts

Denim & Fabric Scrap Pots ~ Crafts by Amanda

DIY Bird Bath ~ La Dee Da Creations

Painted Pots ~ My Craftily Ever After

Bird Feeders

Of course there’s the DIY bird feeder made from a pine cone and peanut butter. But if you’re looking for something a little less messy, check out these super-creative ideas for making your own bird feeder.

Popsicle Stick Birdfeeder ~ The Crafty Crow

Feed the Birds: Making a Bird Feeder ~ PlanItDIY

Toilet Roll Bird Feeder ~ Factory Direct Craft

10 Homemade Bird Feeders ~ Spoonful

Salt Container Bird Feeder ~ Kiwi Crate

Sun Catcher

The simplest idea for a sun catcher is to pierce colored paper, or use tissue paper, so that the light shines through in different patterns. Other ideas include using old CD disks or creating a stained glass window effect by painting transparent sheets of plastic.

DIY Beaded Sun Catcher ~ All Our Days

Easy Sun Catcher ~ Stay.at.Home.Life

Watermelon Sun Catcher Craft ~ About Family Crafts

Simple Suncatchers ~ Sumo’s Sweet Stuff

Suncatcher Craft using Recycled CD ~ Education.com

Stained Glass Cds ~ Those Northern Skies

Paper Plate Crafts

Summer crafts for kids are more fun if they embrace the current season, which the paper plate sun definitely does! This is a really easy yet fun, decorative craft for kids of all ages.

Balloon Tennis ~ Fun Family Crafts

Teaching Time Clock ~ Fun Family Crafts

DIY Holiday Hats For Every Occasion ~ Alpha Mom

Paper Plate Purse ~ How Stuff Works

Paper Plate Frisbees ~ Make and Takes

Summer Leaf Prints

This craft is perfect for keeping kids occupied outdoors to find the materials they’ll need for the craft. Once they have a leaf they want to use, there are lots of different craft projects they can use them for.

Nature Prints ~ Family Education

Leaf Doodling With Metallic Pens ~ Kiwi Crate

Crafts with Leaves ~ Confessions of a Homeschooler

Leaf & Flower Butterfly Finger Puppet Kids Craft ~ The Crafty Crow

Big Leaf Printing Project ~ Kleas

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