Getting Summer Crafty

Summer break is just around the corner.  With school being let out, got plans for how to keep the kids preoccupied yet?  I recently came across plenty of DIY activities and it got me wanting to roll up my sleeves and get my craft on.   Here are my top 5 favourite summer projects for both kids and adults alike.


1) Tipis:


Image from A Subtle Revelry


When I started seeing backyard tipis and reading nook tipis popping up on my Pinterest feed, I knew I would have to make one one day for my Little One.  You will find that there are endless styles and methods for constructing a tipi/tent, but for the purpose of keeping things simple and portable, I like this one by A Subtle Revelry.  Purchase a set of tabbed curtains from any discount store for a no sew version (or make your own), 4 rods, and some twine and you’re good to go.  You can go with the whimsical sheer fabric that A Subtle Revelry has chosen, or select something thicker with a more canvas-like feel.  Set it up in a family room for sleepovers or bring it to the beach for some shade to stretch out under.


2) Dyed Blanket


Image from Say Yes


This is a project that the kids would love to help out with and you get to boast a one-of-a-kind piece for those trips to the park and beach.  The process is surprisingly easy and while this one is a sophisticated indigo, you can try it with whatever other colour that inspires you.  I could see this easily in a canary yellow or vibrant fushia pink.  These instructions from Say Yes talk about hemming the fabric too, but for easy-peasy no-sew, pick up a set of discounted white cotton sheets to use instead.  While you already have the dye mixed and ready, have your little ones throw in a few little white T’s or onesies (like this) for a new set of tie dye outfits.


3) Dipped Shoes


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If you can do picnic/beach blackets, why not shoes?  Liven up those canvas shoes and let the kids personalize them with their own colour.  I may need to make a pair in my size to usher in warm weather and bid a temporary goodbye to winter boots.


4) Braided Basket


Image from Corner Blog


Colourful and a great use of those old t-shirts that the kids and partner may have outgrown, this woven basket may help “clean up time” become a bit more pleasant.  …Ok, Fine.  It will probably not make any difference to how the kids accept putting away the toys.  But at least they get an activity out of making the basket, and you get something pretty to have in your home.





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