4 DIY Summer Crafts to Keep You and The Kiddos Entertained

By Morgan Hill

Now that the school year is over  it’s time for some summer fun!

Instead of turning to the TV to keep your kiddos entertained, break out the craft supplies and get creative! Here are 4 DIY summer crafts you and your kiddos will love!

DIY S’mores Pot… If you’re feeling hungry

If you are having an outside cookout, or if you are just wanting to eat something sweet, this is the perfect DIY!


  • 1 medium-sized terra cotta pot 
  • 1 roll of tin foil 
  • 10-15 pieces of charcoal 
  • 1 lighter 
  • Marshmallows
  • Milk chocolate 
  • Graham crackers 

Directions: You must be outside for this DIY

  1. Line the terra cotta pot with tin foil. 
  2. Fill pot with charcoal. 
  3. Carefully light the charcoal
  4. Roast your marshmallows on roasting sticks and make s’mores! 
Always supervise children around an open flame!  

DIY Painted Rocks… If you want something simple

This is the perfect activity for a beautiful summer day or a rainy day! The good news is you can do it anywhere, and the clean up isn’t that back if you plan ahead.


  • Rocks (from the backyard or a craft store)
  • Assorted paints 
  • Paintbrushes 
  • Clear craft sealant
  • Paper plates 
  • Craft paper to cover your table, floor or painting space


  1. Set your kids up with several rocks each and the paint colors of their choice. 
  2. Put the rocks on paper plates to try and minimize the mess. (This combined with a layer of craft paper will make sure you don’t have a huge mess to clean up while you are trying to DIY your summer!)
  3. After painting, let dry and spray with clear craft sealant to make sure the paint doesn’t come off the rocks. 


DIY Bird Feeders… If you want to see more wildlife around your house

This is great for teaching your little ones about nature! They will love seeing birds visit their hand-made feeders.


  • Pinecones
  • Peanut butter
  • Bird seed 
  • String or fishing Line 


  1. Tie fishing line around center of pinecone. 
  2. Lather pinecone with peanut butter (or nut butter of choice). Roll or sprinkle with bird seed. 
  3. Hang off tree branch, and grab your bird book!


DIY Summer Rag Wreath… If it’s “me time

Here is a craft for the parents to do while the kiddos are crafting!


  • A wire wreath form (found at craft stores)
  • ¼ yard of 3 different summer fabrics 
  • Scissor 
  • Ruler 


  1. Cut fabric into strips that are 3 inches wide and 8 inches long. Lay wire wreath flat on workspace. 
  2. Take 1 strip of fabric, fold in half and place it under one wire. Pull ends through and make a knot. 
  3. Repeat this process over and over, alternating your different fabrics. Push them together as you add more to create a full look. Repeat until wreath is full.  


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