10 DIY Craft Ideas for Summer

It’s never too late to celebrate summer! By now you might be tired of the heat, but whip up these projects pool-side or at home in the cool AC for tons of fun.

1. Stitch up a perfect picnic blanket.

Colorful Diamond-Patterned Blanket Hanging Against Natural Background

This strikingly beautiful yet simple Diamond Affair Quilt pattern by PunkinPatterns comes in 5 different sizes from baby to king. Whether your family is headed to the beach or to a quiet park, you’ll love taking this quilt along for comfort.

2. Turn summer fruit into homemade jam.

Jar of Homemade Jam with a Silver Spoon

Raspberries, strawberries, and peaches galore! Capture the bright flavors of seasonal fruit through the artisanal craft of cooking and jarring preserves alongside expert Rachel Saunders in the online Bluprint class How to Make Jam & Marmalade.

3. Sew up a summery outfit.

Woman in Yellow Skirt Walking on Beach

This chic top and skirt come together to create a comfortable and stylish dress. Enjoy the Taking Notes pattern by Sewing In No Mans Land.

4. Fill up your handmade beach bag with summer reading.

Colorful Beach Bag Sitting on Porch

This classic bag is great for carrying your summer reads, sunscreen, towels, snacks and more. Get the Beach Bag pattern from LAHelmly.

5. Give someone special a pool-worthy robe.

Little Boy Acting Silly in Bright Blue Robe

Sew this adorable Beach Robe pattern by susieq1202 for when your grandchild wakes up full of awesome and is ready to hit the pool- and be sure to watch out for water splashes headed your way.

6. Keep refreshing beverages cold with a DIY bottle cozy.

Two Glass Bottles with Knit Coverings

These cute cozies are perfect for a summer evening on the patio. Crochet them with guidance from the Glass Bottle Cozy pattern by aksurline.

7. Brighten up your patio with creative container gardening.

Metal Watering Can wiht Pink and White Flowers Inside

Join Katie Ketelsen in the online Bluprint class Container Gardening and learn how to build a water garden in less than 30 minutes, grow the freshest herbs right on your tabletop, and create perfect plant combinations for season-long color.

8. Make a customized beach towel.

Yellow Beach Towel with Embroidered Name and Picture

Learn how to tackle embroidery work on towels, velvet, fleece and more with instruction from Deborah Jones in Machine Embroidery with Terrycloth and More

9. Knit up a lacy shawl for cool summer nights.

White Loose Knit Shawl Overhanding Stairway Banister

Find out how to knit a romantic wrap for an evening out on the town with Sweetheart Shawls taught by Kristin Omdahl.

10. Celebrate summer with a beach inspired cake.

Beach-Themed Tiered Cake Topped with Sand Castle

Have a beach bash with a beautiful ocean inspired cake like this one, created by Gina Simpson from fondant and modeling chocolate.

Which summer craft will you make first? 

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