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!
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
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
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