19 Summer DIY Projects That Will Brighten Your Home
Create a Succulent Tower
Stack a series of tapered pots and wide, shallow terra-cotta bowls to test the best arrangement for your succulent tower. Paint all the pieces and allow them to dry overnight. Place the tallest pot upside-down in the chosen location for your vertical garden container. Top with the widest bowl. Put three milk jug caps in the bottom of the bowl for drainage. Set the medium-size pot on the caps as a pedestal. Fill bowl with potting mix. Tuck in plants, leaving room between them for growth. Place a few trailing plants at the bowl’s edge to add a touch of drama to your tower garden. Continue stacking and filling.
DIY Outdoor Bar
Fashion your own outdoor beverage station with a pair of 30-inch stool ladders, a few planks of wood, and old wooden boxes. Paint stools and bottom board the color of your choice. Screw the bottom board to the stools. Then screw a tray in the center tray for added storage. Top the stools with vintage soda boxes and finish with a few boards to form the countertop. Outfit a pegboard with shelves and hooks to store glasses and utensils.
Bohemian Charger Plates
With outdoor dining a near-daily occurrence in the summer, try rethinking your run-of-the-mill outdoor serving pieces. These DIY boho-inspired woven charger plates are easy to re-create at home using colorful paint. The best part? The painted patterned plates can be used season after season.
Make a Watermelon Centerpiece
To make this adorable summer centerpiece, start by cutting open the top and scooping out the inside. Use fresh flowers from the garden or a pretty store-bought bouquet to finish this showstopping centerpiece. We love the way the pink and purple flowers pop against the watermelon shell and the greenery in the bouquet. Remember to add water!
DIY Cactus Terrarium
Dress up your outdoor dining table with this charming cactus terrarium. All you need is a container, white sand, your favorite cactus plants, succulents, and flowers. It only takes minutes to put together! Make a several and tuck them around the patio for a coordinated look.
Sure, you can pick up a ready-made tablecloth from the store, but chances are good that the same patterns and color schemes have made it into all the houses on your block. Set your seasonal tablescape apart with truly unique linens that only you can boast. It's easy to create something beautiful like this DIY ombre tablecloth using inexpensive dye, water, a white cloth, and a bucket, so give the craft a shot and prepare for lots of compliments at your next party.
Rope Tire Ottoman
Kick back and relax with a DIY outdoor ottoman made from a tire and colorful nylon rope. Casters make it easy to move the furniture piece for parties and outdoor get-togethers.
Watermelon Print Napkins
These cheeky watermelon-print napkins are perfect for those with a fruity summer sweet tooth. Get the look by cutting a sponge into wedge and rind shapes, then dip them into pink and green fabric paint. Next, press the paint-filled stamps onto plain white linen napkins, and finish by painting on black dots to mimic watermelon seeds.
It's time to graduate beyond plain store-bought terra-cotta pots. Make your own version of these DIY hand-marbled pots by pouring pigment on top of still standing water, then dipping your pots slowly into the floating paint. The results are always one-of-a-kind and can be tailored to your favorite color scheme.
Bud Vase Wall Art
With dreamy photos of fresh flowers filling social media feeds everywhere, it's only natural to crave a bouquet or two for your own home. Rather than splurging on big bunches of live blooms, try picking up one small handful of cut stems from the supermarket, and spread them across multiple glass vases. When hung in wooden wall-mounted plaques like this DIY craft, you can make your modest flower budget go further.
Color-Block Concrete Planters
Add a splash of bold color to your patio or porch with easy painted planters. Mark a design on inexpensive cinder blocks with painters tape, then fill in with your favorite paint color. Once dry, remove the tap and fill the cinder blocks with dirt and plants.
Wood and Copper Succulent Stand
Make the most of the abundant plant life that warm weather brings by creating your own version of this DIY succulent stand. Start by purchasing a ready-made wooden plank, then drill holes for concentric copper pipe fittings and funnels. Screw the metal pieces in place and fill the funnels with potting soil and succulents. Place against a wall where the funnels can drain, and enjoy your living outdoor decor.
Colorful Concrete Stool
Extra seating is a hot summer commodity, what with friends and family visiting each weekend to celebrate the sunshine and warm temperatures. Give someone an extra special place to sit with this DIY concrete stool. To make, mix concrete powder and water in a bucket and add wooden dowels for legs. Allow to dry completely, then remove the stool from the bucket and paint the seat in your favorite color.
Painted Tribal Print Welcome Mat
Give your guests something fabulous to wipe their dirty sandals on this summer with a tribal-inspired mat. Make your own by creating a hand-cut template or purchasing a stencil from your local crafts store. Use colorful outdoor paint to transfer the design onto a plain straw front door rug.
Floppy Sun Hat
Whether you're craving a tropical getaway, hanging poolside with your best friends, or working in your garden, a floppy sun hat is a stylish summer staple. Make your own with poms, rope, and a hot-glue gun. Glue pom-poms around the top of your hat. On the brim of your hat, glue hot pink rope to spell out "my happy place" (or whatever else you'd like). Use a pencil to lightly draw on your saying, then glue the rope on top of your markings.
Graphic Floral Monogram Centerpiece
Celebrate your namesake along with the summer season by crafting this easy DIY centerpiece. To make, purchase or create a hollow mold in the shape of your monogram, then tuck flower-filled vases inside. Showcase your DIY floral monogram in the center of your summertime dinner table or buffet.
DIY Outdoor Side Table with Hairpin Legs
Perk up your patio or porch with a fun patterned side table complete with retro hairpin legs. The lightweight DIY furniture piece can be rearranged as needed for summer parties.
DIY Tiered Hanging Plant Baskets
Since we all crave different flavors daily, give yourself room to grow lots of summer herbs. A tiered planter like this DIY hanging basket can be recreated by stringing together multiple woven containers wtih colorful cording. Hang outside your kitchen window or on your porch so you can snip off the sprigs you want and leave the rest for another summertime supper.
Custom Floral Throw Pillows
Make the look of fresh flowers last with this easy pillow project. Craft your own by using fabric markers and pens to add sketchy petal shapes to plain, solid-color pillows. Allow the ink to dry, then display the pillows on your outdoor seating. Tuck them away once autumn and winter settle in, then pull them back out in the spring.