Lots of Hot Summer Crafts for Everyone
Cool Crafts for Kids and Adults to Make Over the Summer Season: Tutorials for Everyone to Enjoy
The long and hot school holidays are here and I put together this resource page full of lots of great summertime crafts. If you need to keep kids happy at home, there's some popular activities included including the hot, hot, hot, rubber loom band craze. And there are plenty of tutorials and things to make for older children, teens and adults, parents and grandparents too. Something to keep the whole family happy and occupied!
Many of the crafts have a summery theme from butterflies and bugs, sweet treats, juicy fruits, beach and flip flops, parties and flowers. So you can enjoy browsing the whole page to get some ideas on what to try or you can jump straight into a section of interest. I hope this keeps you busy and having fun.
Please Note: originally there were actually 50 listed projects. However, I have had to currently reduce that number slightly due to my work moving to a new platform.
1) Keep Kids Happy With Hot Loom Band Crafts
Sweet Beaded Loom Band Bracelet - A Crazy Hot Craft For Kids and Adults to Enjoy Working on Together
If you're entertaining school-age children this summer whether it is your own kids, grandkids, children for a party or activity session - one thing that is likely to be a huge hit is doing a rubber band craft. I know from my experience that my daughter and her friends have gone crazy mad over these things and she's always talking to me about different designs and can we learn how to do this one Mommy!
Thankfully this is a relatively inexpensive activity to keep children amused. You can get the rubber loom bands really cheaply and many children are happy to make designs using their fingers. Otherwise there are lots of loom kits and brands. The one I'm most happy to recommend for beginners (since we've had great luck with it) is the mini Monster Tail loom which is shown below.
A very cute project once you've got the basics under you belt is to combine beads along with the bands to create really pretty pieces of wearable jewelry. With this technique, you can make bracelets, hairbands, belts, keychains, rings and anklets. We love to combine our perler beads (since we have so many) along with the Rainbow Loom bands but you can also use pony beads and other beads with wide enough holes for the bands to squeeze through.
Rubber Band Loom Kits and Supplies
Make Sure You Stock Up for the Long Summer Days! If you are entertaining school-age children during the summer holidays, you can bet that they will at least have heard of Rainbow Loom rubber bands, if not be already actively making bracelets, necklaces, keychains, cords and other items with this hot craze. My own daughter picked this up from school and then ended up getting me addicted to it too as we worked on patterns and projects together. Here's some handy supplies.
More Loom Band Projects
- Beginner Pattern on the Monster Tail Rainbow Loom
The Monster Tail is the new (and easier to use) mini loom designed by the makers of the Rainbow Loom. If you have no experience with this fun craft or even some experience with working the colored rubber bands around your fingers to make bracelets...
- Fishtail Patterns for the Monster Tail Loom
Some of my favorite designs for the new Monster Tail loom are based around different versions of the beautiful fishtail pattern. This herringbone design of elegant V shapes worked across a length looks like the popular styles of hair plaits or...
- Maleficent Loom Bands Charm Bracelet Tutorial
Love the new Disney movie, Maleficent with Angelina Jolie as the good fairy turned bad? Now you can combine two hugely popular kid's crafts to make a Rainbow Loom rubber band bracelet with a fused Perler bead charm based on the evil Queen herself. ..
If you don't already have a loom, the mini Monster Tail is a great one to get and inexpensive to buy too. This kit comes with everything that is needed including plenty of bands for kids to use. Since it is small, it's ideal to take on vacation too.
Charms are fun to add on to completed bracelets. This is a cute set with smiley faces, hearts and flowers.
2) Juicy Summer Fruit Themed Tutorials
Easy Embellishment to Create With Fused Perler or Hama Beads
We eat lots of fruit in this season and cherries are a firm favorite. You can combine and easy fused perler bead pattern to make pink or red cherries and tie a couple together with some cute patterned ribbon to make a quick and easy embellishment that can then be sewn onto a handmade card (life is like a bowl of cherries - just thinking up a suitable sentiment there) a hat, a bag or even onto a small pillow or cushion which is what I keep meaning to do.
I really enjoy it more than ever when I use more than one craft technique together that way. This pattern can be made by older kids or adults - it's an easy pattern but a little fiddly since it is small. You really need at least two cherry pieces to work together and it makes it easier if you have more than one circle pegboard to use - small or large - since only having one would mean a grown up having to iron one cherry before being able to make the next one.
Pretty Kit of Perler Beads
This is a cute kit with butterfly, heart and cupcake shaped boards, beads and ironing paper. The cupcake design is very cute - there are lots of kits available if there's more than one child to keep entertained.
Crochet Some Plump Strawberries - Cute Embellishments for Hats, Cushions, Banners and More
This was the year I finally taught myself to crochet. Now I regret all the years I've missed out on not doing this wonderful yarn craft. You can make so many cool things from pincushions, throw pillows, blankets, afghan throws, toys, clothes, motifs, 3d designs and more. You're really only limited by your imagination. Just a hook and some yarn and you're well on the way.
This crochet strawberry design was one of the first that I made up - it's not exactly original in concept since there are already a lot of different designs and patterns out there based on this popular fruit. But this one is how I made mine.
Strawberries look very cute as motifs for baby hats, pillows, bags, purses, as pretend play food for kids and as I used it to make a little hanging banner as wall décor. They are quick, cute and fairly easy to make - a good introduction to amigurumi and toy making if you've never tried that yet with crochet.
More Fruity Projects and Patterns
- Summer Watermelon Perler Bead Pattern
Get a cool slice of summer already by making some fun fused bead watermelon designs and patterns. There is nothing more refreshing on a hot day than biting into this soft and juicy red fruit flesh. And it makes wonderfully cooling drinks too. The...
- How To Make A Watermelon Card Or Invitation For Summer Parties
Come learn how to make a watermelon card or invitation for some crafty summer fun. For my family, summertime means lazy days filled with good times shared with friends and family, while savoring the abundant bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables at..
- Make Perler Bead Fruit Slices
How to Make Hama Perler or Fused Bead Citrus Fruit Slices for Drink Decorations Fruit slices are easy and fun to make with fused Hama or Perler beads and a great summer craft especially to enjoy because you can quickly turn whole citrus slices...
- How To Make Natural Citrus Fruit Candles
I was so delighted when a friend showed me how to make an all natural citrus fruit candle using only a fresh piece of fruit and a little olive oil. They are so simple to make, cost very little, only use natural organic ingredients found in your...
Sunny Fused Perler Bead Kits
Perler beads are not just for children, there are plenty of adults who love used this fun fused beads too, but they a very good choice for getting kids to sit down and concentrate on something for a while. These regular ones are normally fine for school aged children and above.
I advise putting everything on a rimmed tray so that if any beads are knocked over (these are small) then they are contained in the tray. Patterns can be made with the shaped peg boards either just by adding on random colors or by finding patterns online - there are lots of pattern projects referenced on this page. Kits often help to keep kids occupied for a while.
The themed sunny days activity kit is ideal for summer and has everything needed to get started with 3 different shaped pegboards, beads and the special ironing paper too that an adult needs to iron over the patterns to melt or fuse them together.
This contains beads only so you already need to have some boards and ironing paper handy. But I love this set as it contains very cute pearly and striped beads which are more unusual if you're already used to just using plain ones.
3) Flip Flop and Beach Crafts
Make a Flip Flop Door Decoration - To Add in a Splash of Tropical Fun to Your Home
Flip flops are my favorite type of sandal to slip my feet into during the warmer weather - and they're a favorite for many other people too. Give a bedroom door, dorm door or front door a bit of a tropical beach makeover with this hanging flip flop door decoration. You can put your name on it, room or house number or a nice greeting phrase like Hola or Welcome.
This is an easy craft which was made with craft foam, cardstock, paper, cord and embellishments. This could easily be an adult and child project to work on together if the adult makes up the basic shoe design and lets the child go crazy with decorating it. Girls and boys could make these for their own bedroom and stick their name on using letter stickers.
Just to make it even easier, there is a free printable template included that you can use. Or if you are good at drawing, you can use the idea as inspiration and make your own design with your own flip flop shape. Tip: you can of course draw around a clean flip flop.
If you have the very popular Cricut cutting machine, you can enjoy plenty of paper craft projects on a beachy theme. This cartridge is packed full of motifs, words and alphabet for cutting items for your handmade cards and scrapbook layouts. Loads of options to explore.
Fun Perler Bead Flip Flops - Cute Beaded Sandal Embellishments Ideal for Handmade Cards
Yes, I'm mad on perler beads in case no one had noticed! I designed these tiny flip flop sandals which are made using the fused beads in two different ways with the beads being strung onto thin cord to create the beaded straps.
Use these mini flip flops and sandals as 3D embellishments, to hang on keychains, as themed party favors, bag and purse décor or something else.
Cool Beach Themed Craft Kits
Flip Flop Sandals are a Fun Firm Favorite. I don't know about you but I can't wait to get my feet into a cool pair of flip flops for the hotter and warmer days and I really enjoy crafts based on these cute summer sandals. Here's some kits that you should enjoy.
This is a kit to make and decorate two pairs of flip flops in both a small and medium size with a cute pink cheetah pattern and a hot black zebra one. Lots of included embellishments to bling them up.
For more of an adult based projects (kids can help out too) is this very cute flip flop stepping stone kit which is ideal to make a fun decoration for your garden that you can enjoy year after year.
More Beach and Seaside Themed Ideas
- Shell Wreath Ideas And Tips
If you love shell crafts as I do, then get ready to create some fun shell craft for your home or next party. These are easy to craft for your wedding if you're in a beachy theme . They would look great on the doors of your wedding venue or you can ge
- Life is A Beach Cricut Cartridge Summer Projects
Here are 7 Life Is A Beach Cricut Cartridge to inspire you. My Life Is A Beach Cricut Cartridge gets a lot of use from May through August! It is perfect for making cheery Cricut birthday cards and embellishing summer Cricut Scrapbook Layouts. Cruise.
- How to Make Fondant Seashells
These sweet seashells are easy to make and make great cake decorations. With simple tools and a little creativity you can make realistic looking shells from fondant or gum paste. They are tasty and can be made and dried for storage weeks ahead of...
- How to Make a Flip Flop Card with Template
See how to make a fun shaped handmade greeting card which is ideal for summer birthdays and celebrations with its footwear and vacation theme of flip flops. The tutorial shows you how to create a card which has an optional stand you can use to make..
- DIY Button Flip Flops
I am crazy about flip flops! I just can't imagine a summer without them and as summer is closing in fast it's time to get a bunch of flip flops (the cheap ones) and give them a makeover. My first project is a pair of colorful button flip flops and...
4) Beautiful Bugs and Butterflies
10 Best Butterfly Projects to Make - Have a Go at These Crafts Designed for Adults to Enjoy
Butterflies are a popular theme for warmer months of the year and I enjoy making a lot of butterfly crafts myself, so I put together a set of 10 great crafts that use this beautiful winged insect as the source of inspiration.
You will see how to make some beautiful glitter paper butterflies and many other favorites right from that page. This is one of my personal best themes that I love to work on in the warmer months.
More on Butterflies and Bugs
- How to Make Gorgeous Glitter Paper Butterflies
You can buy all kinds of pretty embellishments to adorn your handmade cards and craft projects but most of the time, I prefer to make my own. That's because, embellishments like butterflies are fun to make and very inexpensive too once you already...
- How to Make Pom Pom Pets
Have you discovered the versatility of pom pom's yet? They are a fantastic craft resource that your children will love, they can be combined with all types of common crafting materials to make a huge variety of different objects. They are cheap...
- How to Make Butterfly Bug Wands
Are you looking for a good project for the little ones that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, is fun, easy enough to pull off, yet hard enough to keep them interested? What if it resulted in something they will love playing with? It is possible.Check...
- Butterfly Coloring Pages
Butterfly coloring pages are favorites of children and adults who love nature. I adore butterflies; I photograph moths and butterflies that visit the flowers in my garden. I've photographed hundreds of insects, animals and birds in our garden over...
- Cute and Easy Crochet Butterfly Pattern
This crochet photo pattern tutorial will help you to make up some quick and easy butterfly motifs which are worked in 3 separate colors and have an optional detail of a cute button middle. The button not only adds a sweet extra detail but is also...
5) Cute Cupcakes and Sweet Treats
Create a Cute Cupcake Shaped Card - Ideal to Make and Send for a Sweet Birthday
This cupcake shaped card is the exact same design I have used over and over for years of card making. I love this design so much that I just don't tire of making it in different color combinations and with different embellishments on top.
Cupcakes are a theme I really enjoy year round but especially for summer birthdays. Everyone loves a cupcake, right! You can enjoy this fat-free but tempting version which comes with a handy printable template to make it nice and easy for you. What is your cupcake flavor going to be? Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mint chocolate, chocolate orange or something else. This is a fun project for people young and old to enjoy.
An Ice Cold Popsicle Card
A Refreshingly Cool Paper Craft for Summertime! Fun shaped card projects are handmade items that adults and children can enjoy making together or making independently.
All the basics you need are cardstock, paper and scissors. What better way to celebrate the summertime than with a cool ice lolly popsicle card.
There is a free pattern template that you can print off to use to make this shaped card or you can come up with your very own shaped card creation based on an iced treat. This one uses a popsicle stick to look like the real thing and makes a neat surprise for the person who receives it.
6) Summer Party and Celebration Crafts
Crochet Pennant Banner Party Bunting - Lots of Inspiration on Making Celebration Banners from Yarn
Crochet! I've gone a bit crochet mad this year since I discovered how easy it was to do and just how many more things I can make with this cool yarn craft. Bunting and banners are great - I love how you can instantly breathe some fun and life into a plain room with some bright and cheerful wall decorations.
For my daughter's birthday this year, I used crochet and other yarn crafts to make some colorful and cute wall décor and hangings. I made a pretty long blog post packed with pictures and showing what I'd done along with links to patterns and tutorials too. You can find that article named as Making Crochet Pennant Banner Bunting on my craftymarie website.
Party Perler Bead Patterns - A Couple of Easy Pattern Projects for Kids or Adults
Putting crafts to more practical uses is something I relish. It's not just about making 'pretty' things but about making useful items and things that serve a purpose too. Last year I had a brain wave when wondering what to do about party favors for all the kids coming to my daughter's party - I didn't want it to end up costing a small fortune so I was racking my brain over what to do. Then I looked at the massive mountain of perler beads we keep stocked up and ready to use and I started to come up with a plan.
I decided to keep my costs down by making some small and simple fused bead designs that could be transformed easily into magnets and keychains for the party favors. I worked out that if I used the large peg boards, I could make more than one design on a board at a time making it quicker to work the designs and then iron them once done. So that's what I did and we loved the end results.
More Party Themed Projects
- How to Make a Tulle Birthday Wreath
Birthday and celebration wreaths are easy enough to make yourself with some inexpensive materials and just a little time. Making your own ensures that you get to choose the exact color, shape and size that you want too which means it is easy to...
- Step by Step How to Make Tulle Pom Poms
Tulle netting is a beautiful, sheer fabric that is commonly used for adding volume and sophisticated layering to dresses and gowns. Because it has a real feminine quality to it, it's ideal for using to make girly party décor with and that is exactly.
- How to Make a Cute Felt Pennant Banner
I like to decorate on a budget which means making a lot of room and party décor myself. The plain white walls in my daughter's play room definitely needed something to add in some color and cheerful decoration so I created a rather easy spring...
7) Blooming Beautiful Flowers
Beautiful 3D Floral Paper Crafting - With Gorgeous Printed 3D Decoupage Sheets
A craft that I like to sit down on my own and do as an adult is 3D decoupage otherwise known as paper or papier tole. This gentle papercraft is something that will appeal to people who can enjoy something that is slower paced, requires a little patience and great cutting skills using a small and sharp pair of scissors or a craft knife.
Paper cutting is something I've always enjoyed - give me a pair of scissors and some paper and I'm really happy. With 3D decoupage, you can buy pre-printed sheets with repeats of the same design or elements of that design. You cut these pieces out carefully and then layer them up on top over the same part of the design using special silicone glue to give height or 3D foam squares. It creates a beautiful layered look ideal for very special handmade cards or box framed wall art. I hope you've enjoyed reading my lens or article today, thanks for your visit. Do have fun looking at the rest of the projects below and there is a poll to enjoy near the end of the page. Thank you.
Making Flowers to Embellish With
Whatever crafts you like to do, you can bet that flowers are involved somewhere. Floral crafts remain hugely popular with paper flowers being used to decorate scrapbook layouts, handmade cards and create cool paper sculptures and origami pieces. Knitting or crocheting floral motifs makes lovely embellishments that can be used to stitch onto blankets, afghan throws, pillows, clothing, hats and bags.
Klutz make fab books and kits for kids. This one's recommended for age 8 and up though some very crafter youngsters might be able to make these paper flowers with adult help. Step by step instructions and everything needed to make 20 fabulous flowers.
Knitters and crocheters have a book filled with 100 different floral motifs to make with yarn.
More Fun Floral Crafts for All Ages
- Make an African Flower Crochet Pincushion
If you're fairly new to crochet, you'll be looking for some easy beginner projects that you can make and this African Flower Pincushion is one of them. One of the first things I did when I started this craft was to start making Granny Squares...
- Crafting tutorial: yo yo flowers with a kick
Yo yo flowers are back! I've got a new twist on this old favorite. These yo yo flowers have a kick because I've added some layers and embellishments that you don't usually see. Making yo yo flowers is a good way to use all those leftover pieces of...
- Free Crochet Flower Patterns
All these Free Crochet Flower patterns are so easy, and once you make one, there will be no stopping you. Learning how to Crochet a flower is easy when you use these easy to crochet flower applique patterns, ideal for headbands, hats and scarves,...
- Make A Paper Flower Rosette Decoration
A paper rosette with big or small impact. Seven different craft ideas included with this tutorial.
- Polymer Clay Flower Tutorial - Make Bright Fantasy Flower Jewelry!
I love making polymer clay jewelry and polymer clay flowers. This winter I decided to combine the two to make some colorful polymer clay flower jewelry! There are many polymer clay tutorials for making pretty and realistic polymer clay flowers or...
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