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20 Summer Crafts for Adults

Summer is my absolute FAVORITE season, so I decided to put together this round up of 20 (!) summer crafts for adults.  Can you make some of these summer craft ideas with kids?  Totally!  Could many of these count as summer crafts for teens?  Definitely!  But there is nary a pipe cleaner nor melted crayon to be found in these 20 sophisticated and fun summer craft ideas. Whether you’ll be combing beaches for driftwood and beach glass this summer – or just happy to craft outside in the sunshine again – I hope you find some inspiration in these summer craft projects!

DIY Driftwood Wreath

I added a modern spin to an easy DIY driftwood wreath, but I also made some plain driftwood wreaths and they’re beautiful too.  If you’re combing beaches this summer, collect some small driftwood pieces to make your own driftwood wreath!

DIY Driftwood Craft Ideas

DIY Beach Glass

Can’t get to the beach?  Can’t find any beach glass, when you do?  Make your own beach glass for quintessential summer arts and crafts!

DIY Summer Arts and Crafts for Adults

DIY Ice Dyed Pillows

Nothing is beachier than the swirling pattern of ice dyed fabric!  Make your own iced dyed pillows to add some summery vibes to your space.

DIY Summer Home Decor Tutorials

DIY Framed Agate Art

I have always thought these framed teal agate slices looked like little pools or lakes.  Frame some dyed agates of your own for a subtly summery piece of art.

DIY Summer Crafts for Adults

DIY Clothespin Bag

Hang clothes out on the line in style with this convenient DIY fabric clothespin holder.  Mine still looks good, after all these years (thanks to this pretty outdoor fabric).


DIY Scrap Wood Daisy Napkin Rings

Some scrap wood, leftover paint, and faux flowers are all it takes to make these adorable summery napkin rings!

Summer Crafts for Adults and Teens: DIY Napkin Rings

DIY Concrete Bowl with Amethyst

Concrete is messy work and it’s much nicer to work with it in the warm summer months!  Make your own DIY concrete bowl (amethyst is optional) and maybe get ahead on fall decor by making DIY concrete skulls and DIY concrete pumpkins too!

DIY Concrete Bowl

DIY Iced Dyed Throw

Add some beachy vibes to your bedroom, living room, or picnic with this easy DIY iced dyed throw.  Check out the blog post tutorial to see the two different versions I made and – bonus – no sewing required!

DIY Summer Home Decor Ideas

DIY Driftwood Egg Cups

Slice a driftwood log and turn it into chic egg cups for summer brunches.  Or make the holes a little larger and make one of a kind driftwood napkin rings too!

DIY Driftwood Craft Ideas

DIY Driftwood & Yarn No Weave Wall Hanging

No weaving required to make this stunning wall hanging!  Wrapping the rings with yarn is the perfect relaxing craft to do while hanging out on the deck.

Summer Crafts for Adults: DIY Driftwood Wall Hanging

DIY Alcohol Ink Art

Grab a glass of iced tea and head outside to make some beachy, summery art with alcohol inks.  Alcohol inks can be a little messy, so these long summer nights are perfect because you can bring the mess outside.  While I love alcohol ink crafts any time of year, it’s especially fun as a summer craft.

DIY Summer Wall Art

DIY Shibori Pole Dyed Fabric

I love working with fabric dye outside, because I don’t have to worry about staining anything!  Grab a pole, some rubber bands, fabric and dye and create the perfect summer fabric for home decor or as a beach cover up/shawl.

DIY Summer Craft Ideas

DIY Coastal Abstract Painting

Make your own DIY coastal abstract painting to add some soothing vibes to your walls.  My Mom and I set up these canvases on the deck and painted them outside – with Lake Superior as our inspiration!  Grab a smaller canvas and a painting kit and head out to the water for some “en plein air” painting of your own.

DIY Summer Art

DIY Citronella Candles

Summer crafts for adults can be practical too!  Keep the bugs at bay by making your own DIY citronella candles with citronella essential oil.

DIY Citronella Candles

DIY Driftwood & Macrame Wall Hanging

Here’s a beginner friendly macrame idea: a single wavy line of knots adds a little interest to a very easy driftwood and string wall hanging.

DIY Macrame and Driftwood Wall Hanging

DIY Beach Bag

Bring everything you need to the beach with this oversized beach tote that keeps everything contained, thanks to a zipper closure.  I love the contrasting lining – which is easy to do but makes the finished tote look very polished.

Summer Crafts for Adults: HOW TO SEW A BEACH TOTE

DIY Beaded Napkin Rings

Grab some beads in ocean blues and whip up these pretty beaded napkin rings for deck and patio parties!  This would be so fun for a summer crafts party with friends.

DIY Summer Napkin Ring Idea

DIY Hydrangea Wreath

I love making seasonal wreaths and this pretty DIY hydrangea wreath could not be any simpler to make.

DIY Hydrangea Wreath for Summer

DIY Nautical Knot Bracelet

Whip up these easy nautical knot bracelets in an afternoon – they’re so lightweight and comfy to wear, perfect for those hot summer days and nights.  Kids and teens will love this summer craft idea too.


DIY Prada Inspired Sun Hat Hack

Inspired by a very pricey Prada bag, the raffia adornment on this basic straw hat is super easy to do.

Easy DIY Straw Hat Makeover

I hope you try some of these summer crafts for adults!  It’s so nice to be able to craft outside – and not worry so much about mess – but also just be inspired by the outdoors.  Whether you are basking in the sun in a small balcony or public park, or luxuriating beside your own in ground pool, I hope you’ll find inspiration outside.  Even just having this reprieve from the cold – and these gloriously long nights with beautiful sunsets – puts me in the mood to create and make some summer arts and crafts.

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20 Summer Crafts for Adults and Teens


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