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16 Boredom-Busting Fun and Frugal Summer Crafts & Projects

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Whether you need a break from the sun or need to entertain the kiddos, these summer DIYs are a great way to pass the time. Check out some favorites from Hip2Save and across the web!


1. Grow your own herbs in a DIY stacked garden.

Fresh mint, anyone? Get the DIY here on Hip2Save.


2. Make a planter that’s straight from the beach.

seashell planters from billabongPhoto from Billabong.

Why shell out cash when you can shell out shells for this cool coastal project? Get the DIY on the Billabong Blog.


3. Cool off with a soothing whipped coconut oil lotion.

aloe gel and coconut oil cooling lotion

Too much sun on your buns? This whipped salve is fun (and easy) to whip up! Get the DIY here on Hip2Save.


4. Create your own gorgeous sea glass from recyclables.

diy seaglass painted bottles from sadie seasongoods

Photo from Sadie Seasongoods

Yes, please! Get the DIY on Sadie Seasongoods.


5. Display your favorite photos with this floral hoop Dollar Tree DIY.

diy hula hoop photo display hanging on the wall

I’d almost change my relationship status for Dollar Tree. Get the DIY here on Hip2Save.


6. Feeling knotty? Make these hanging lanterns in an afternoon.

hanging jute string lantern diyPhoto from Love Create Celebrate

Better yet, this craft is lit. Get the DIY on Love Create Celebrate.


7. Keep drinks nearby with this Dollar Store pool noodle cooler.

Dollar Tree Pool Noodle Floating Cooler

These fab floats help you keep your summer chill. Get the DIY here on Hip2Save.


8. Skip the campfire and cook s’mores over small planter pots.

small planters with charcoal for diy mini fire pitPhoto from Elisabeth McKnight

Mind. Legit. Blown. Get the DIY on Elisabeth McKnight’s blog.


9. “Grow”  this zero-maintenance cactus garden.

painted cactus rocks in planter pots

My kind of garden! Get the DIY here on Hip2Save.


10. Macrame yourself the best seat in the house.

macrame hammock chair diy projectPhoto from Hunker

#ChairGoals are happening with this DIY on Hunker.


11. Grab 3 ingredients and make these ginormous bubbles.

Bubbles for DAYS. Get the DIY here on Hip2Save.


12. Light up DIY citronella jar torches to keep bugs away.

citronella mason jar candle diyPhoto from Dream A Little Bigger

Get the pests to bug off with this DIY on Dream A Little Bigger.


13. Get artsy with homemade puffy sidewalk paint.

I don’t care how cool you think you are; when there’s puffy paint, we’re ALL in. Get the DIY here on Hip2Save.


14. Play games on the go by making a travel Tic Tac Toe set.

diy tic tac toe rock setPhoto from Balancing Home

This game? It rocks. Get the DIY on Balancing Home.


15. Deck out your door with a Dollar Tree moss wreath.

diy moss wreath dollar tree project

We’re all kinds of heart eyes for this wreath! Get the DIY on our sister site, Hip2BeHome.


16. Paint up a vibrant citrus tray for drinks and snacks.

lemon citrus serving tray diy projectPhoto from I Heart Naptime

Pucker up and get the DIY on I Heart Naptime.


Want more ideas for summer activities? Check out this must-do Summer Bucket list!

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  1. Luna

    So cool excited to try few of these-a not so artsy person here 👋

  2. Lindsey

    I can’t wait to try the sidewalk paint! Thanks for all of these wonderful ideas!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re very welcome, Lindsey!

  3. amy

    Love all the fun, crafty, diy summer ideas! Thanks!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You are SO welcome!

  4. Brenna

    That adorable macrame chair is summer craft goal-worthy for me!

  5. Lesli

    I can’t wait to make the shell planter!! That’s super cute!

  6. Allison

    Thank you so much for posting! All of these ideas are adorable!! Can’t wait to try to make some of these!!

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