School is out and that means laying by the pool, popsicle overload, and summer crafts for kids! Let’s bring the crafting mess outside with these super cute craft ideas that you can easily make out in the sunshine. “IM SO BORED!” is a term I hear far too often during the summer. If your household is the same way, take a look at these craft ideas to keep the kids entertained and playing with their masterpieces outside!
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Here are the crafts I found:
How To Make A Pinwheel
Source: Practically Functional
Kids love pinwheels, that’s a fact! But, if you are tired of buying them every few days because the last one broke, here’s a craft you’ll love. This tutorial shows you how to make a paper pinwheel in a few minutes. Plus, there’s a free template to make the craft even easier for you and the kids!
Handprint Campfire Craft
Source: Simple Everyday Mom
Feeling nostalgic about the outdoors and all the summers spent camping? Lets bring camping to your the comfort of your own home with this handprint campfire craft. Warm up your fridge with your kids artwork!
DIY Ocean Toy Soap
Source: A Pumpkin & A Princess
Looking for some crafts to fill your kids’ middays during the hot summer days? Take a look at this one! It shows you how to make an ocean toy soap yourself. It’s easy to make and works great as a party favor or sea/ocean-themed birthday party décor!
The Best DIY Puffy Paint Recipe
Source: Ryan & Marsha
Are your kids obsessed with puffy paint? We all are! Here’s a tutorial that shows you how to make puffy paint at home all by yourself. Sounds amazing, right? So, what are you waiting for?! Grab your supplies and get crafting with the kids!
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Sand Art Bottle DIY Craft
Source: Art Bar
Do your kids want to bring some keepsakes from your summer vacation? Are they collecting pebbles and sand to remind them of their fun-filled week? Here’s a craft that can turn their sand collecting passion into a real masterpiece. With some food coloring or liquid watercolors, they can turn the beach sand into a lovely art like this one!
How to Make Awesome Paper Airplanes
Source: Frugal Fun 4 Boys
If you have a son, the chance is he loves paper planes and playing with them. But, if you don’t know to fold any other form of plane other than the classic dart form, this craft is for you. It shows you how to fold planes in 4 different ways. Have fun!
DIY Shape Bubble Wands
Source: Red Ted Art
It’s no secret that kids love blowing bubbles in summer! That’s why you will love to create a craft that will keep them busy for hours. With pipe cleaners, colorful beads, cookie cutters, and scissors, they can create bubble wands like these. They can choose the colors and the beads to personalize them!
Paper Plate Sun & Rainbow Craft
Source: Easy Peasy & Fun
Want to bring some magic and light into your home? Check out this simple summer craft! With just a paper plate, and a few other materials you have yourself a cheap and easy craft day! Once you’re done with your masterpiece, take it outside to watch it shine in the wind!
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Beaded DIY Wind Chimes For Kids
Source: Crafts by Courtney
Don’t you just love the sound wind chimes make? This colorful wind chime craft is lovely and easy to make. Let your kids crativity run wild by choosing any color and style beads! So, gather the supplies you need and call your kids for a fun-filled afternoon in the yard
Cotton Round Ice Cream Craft
Source: Toddler at Play
Summer and ice cream go hand in hand. That’s why this is the must-have summer craft for your kids. Made of cotton pads and some cardboard, it’s super easy to make, which makes it perfect for preschoolers. Your kids will have their own ice cream in less than 5 minutes!
Confetti Fish Craft for Kids
Source: Dine Dream Discover
Do your kids love playing with confetti? Who doesn’t?! So, here’s a craft just for them! This confetti fish is easy to make and your kids can create a whole school of fish! Plus, there is a free template. A perfect summer craft!
Felt Flower Plastic Spoon Craft
Source: Crafts by Amanda
Looking for a craft your kids will enjoy during the summer days? Take a look at this one! All you need are plastic spoons and felt material to make these colorful lovely flowers. Grab your kids and create your own mini garden!
How to Tie Dye Shirts With Kids
Source: Happiness is Homemade
When summer comes, there are plenty of crazy and creative things to mind! And, tie-dying shirts is always one of them. If you are also up to this craft but don’t want the mess that comes with it, here’s a tutorial that shows you how to do it almost mess-free. Plus, there are tie-dye patterns, instructions, tips, and tricks to help you!
How To Make A Super Cute Seashell Turtle
Source: Fun Money Mom
Have your kids collected seashells on your last vacation? If they’ve been sitting in a bowl or a jar without any purpose, here’s an idea on how to use them. Turn them into a cute turtle. Just look at how adorable she is!
Paper Wind Sock Craft Tutorial
Source: Made With Happy
If you want to make crafts but aren’t look to make any special purchases, this craft is the one for you. Using a few simple supplies, you’ll make windsocks. You can make them in any color you want. The best thing about them is that they can be made in any season!
Bee Puppet For Kids
Source: I Heart Crafty Things
Which crafts are the best ones? Activities that are fun and educational at the same time! That’s why you need to save this bee craft for a cool summer night! Following this tutorial, you can make cute bees out of paper. Plus, there’s a free template to help you with crafting. Love it!
Paper Plate Boat Craft Tutorial
Source: Non Toy Gifts
No summer can go without a sailboat! Be it a real one or one made out of a paper plate, sailboats are always fun. This tutorial shows you how to make a sailboat on a paper plate using some yarn. It’s the perfect for preschoolers!
4th of July Flag Handprint Craft for Kids
Source: See Vanessa Craft
Summer is all about red, white, and blue! So, you have to find a 4th of July craft you kids can make almost by themselves. This handprint flag card craft is a perfect choice. You kids will have lots of fun making the handprints and dying their hands with paint!
Butterfly Suncatcher Craft
Source: Crafts on Sea
Suncatchers are one of the must-haves for the summer. But, instead of buying ready-made ones, you and your kids can make some yourself! They’re lovely, colorful, and look uh-mazing on the window. Here’s a free butterfly template to help when you’re making your own!
Coffee Mug Bird Feeders
Source: Craft Create Cook
Do your kids love watching birds flying across the yard? Then, why not feed them? No, you don’t need to buy any expensive bird feeders. You just need a coffee mug, some free time, and this tutorial to make lovely feeders for the little guests in your garden!
DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Source: The Best Ideas For Kids
If your kids are bored at home during their summer breaks, they need an outdoor activity. And, is there a better one than showing off their artistic talent on the sidewalk? I don’t think so. Let them draw and paint the sidewalk in front of your home with this chalk paint. Like the idea? Check out this tutorial to see how to make it!
Outdoor Tic Tac Toe Game
Source: Atta Girl Says
Everything comes alive in summer and all bugs, insects, and animals come around. If your kids are into insects, here’s a great craft for them! You can make a tic-tac-toe game with ladybugs and tadpoles made out of rocks. Just look at how nice it looks!
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How to Make a Kite
Source: About a Mom
Are you looking for a way to keep your kids away from technology during the summer days? The best way to do that is to keep them entertained outside. And, one of the most fun outdoor activities is flying a kite. But, if you can’t find or don’t want to pay the outrageous price of the ones sold in stores, you can make one with your kids following this tutorial. Enjoy!
Homemade Sand Slime
Source: The Best Ideas For Kids
Slime has undoubtedly been a kid’s favorite “toy” these past few years. But, if you’re tired of buying new slime over and over again, you can make some yourself. All you need is sand, baking soda, warm water, and a few other supplies. Check out the tutorial to learn how to make this super cool sand slime
Easy Paper Plate Suncatcher Craft
Source: Make & Takes
When the sun shines brightly during the summer, you can’t miss the chance to bring some sun rays into your home, right?! And, the best way to do that is with a suncatcher. This suncatcher is made out of a paper and few other simple supplies. It’s lovely!
Pool Noodle Pom Pom Shooter
Source: Hello Wonderful
Pool noodle crafts are a must-have for the summer! This pool noodle pom pom shooter is a great and fun activity you and your kids can make. Plus, it’s a perfect STEM activity. So, it’s fun and educational… just perfect!
How to Make a Paper Boat
Source: One Little Project
Are you looking for a fun outdoor activity your kids will enjoy for hours? Take a look at these paper boats. They’re super fun and easy to make. Your kids will have their boat ready in 5 minutes. Check it out!
Colorful Squirt Gun Painting
Source: Fireflies & Mud Pies
Summer has started, school’s out, and your kids are already bored? An outdoor activity is the key to hours of playing and fun time. And, this squirt gun painting is one of the best. Not only your kids will have fun playing with their squirt guns but will also make their first masterpiece!
How To Make A Whirlygig
Source: The Craft Train
Can we agree that kids love spinners? I think we can! They love these toys in the form of a modern spinner or the classic whirlygig. Here’s a tutorial that will show you how to make a colorful whirlygig easily. It’s as easy as a pie!
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DIY Fruit Fans
Source: The Idea Room
Looking for a way to cool yourself down on a hot summer day?! This is the perfect craft to make with the kids this year. Check out these super cute DIY fruit fans! Grab some craft paper, choose your favorite fruit, and get to crafting!
How to Make Melted Crayon Sea Shells
Source: Artful Parent
Seashell collecting is a must-have vacation activity. But just collecting and storing them in a bowl or jar is a real bummer. That’s why you need this craft. It shows you how to make decorative colorful seashells using melted crayons. Enjoy!
Pool Noodle Plane Summer Craft
Source: Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Summer is all about spending days in the yard and laying by the pool. This STEM activity will make your kids’ summer even more enjoyable and fun. With pool noodles and a few other supplies, they’ll create planes that really fly!
DIY Ocean Moon Sand
Source: Little Bins for Little Hands
Are you looking for DIY projects that will serve as sensory activities? Look no further! This colored moon sand is the craft for you! You’ll need some flour, food coloring, and coconut oil to make the moon sand…how easy is that?!
Jellyfish Cupcake Liner Craft for Kids
Source: A Little Pinch Of Perfect
Are you teaching your kids about marine life? If you are, here’s a great craft idea for you! You need a paper bowl, cupcake liners, craft paint, and a few basic craft supplies to make this jiggling jellyfish. Fun and educational!
Now that you have plently of crafts to last you all summer, you might want some easy printables to keep the kid entertained with out the mess! Check out the free printables that I made below!
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