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Five Crafty Projects for The Lazy Days of Summer

Updated on June 3, 2015
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Clearissa is a lifestyle blogger with an emphasis on organization, redesign, DIY and simply how to live your best life.

Paint Projects:


Nothing makes a decorating difference like changing the paint color.

Chandelier: There are a couple of ways to use a freshly painted chandelier.

· protect the electrical elements and continue to use as an electrical chandelier or

· pull the electrical elements and use the chandelier as a candelabra

This is one of the projects I tried and it was a success. Pictures below. My chandelier is actually a candlelier – I invented that word - (in orange) on our deck.

I removed all of the wiring and spray painted it a bright orange, placed candles on the wings and viola, a colorful chandelier that only cost me $10.00 plus the cost of paint.

Source

Linda Stetson's Masterpiece:


Linda Stetson over at MStetson does an excellent job of explaining how to turn an ugly duckling brass chandelier into a beautiful upscaled lighting fixture while maintaining the electrical integrity. Isn’t it gorgeous in that bright yellow?

Beautiful in Yellow

Chalkboard Trays:


Chalkboard paint is very versatile and has become a part of many projects. Karen over at Bella & Bambino has a great tutorial explaining how to turn a picture frame or metal tray into a stylish and very cute blackboard. This is a project that is perfect for you and the kids.


Bella & Bambino:

My Chalkboard Tray:


· do be careful if you use spray paint (do not allow younger children to actually spray and be sure to spray the piece outside or in a well-ventilated area)

· young children can get involved after the spray painting is complete by adding the decorative touches

I tried a similar project earlier this spring and I was thrilled with the simplicity and the outcome of the project.

Double Trays:

Garden Ideas:


Putting together a succulent garden is an easy and fun summer project. Suzanne Day over at HubPages shares a very colorful and informative tutorial on creating small succulent gardens. Her ideas are fantastic. The good thing about succulent gardens is the versatility. They can thrive in small spaces and are very easy to care for. And better yet, you can plant a succulent garden in almost any type of container. Glass containers are always very pretty but if you think outside of the box, you can plant a succulent garden in all sorts of containers, old shoes, tea cups, cinder blocks, and all sorts of pottery. These little flower gardens are like little jewels that you will enjoy all year long.

Succulent Garden:

Sharpie Crafts:


Sharpies aren’t just for shipping labels any longer. They now come in all sorts of pretty colors and the permanency of the ink make them perfect for creative projects. Take a look at the YesMissy website. Eileen, the blog owner, has written a wonderful article with lots of pictures and how-to’s for creating customized mugs, fabric, and even lamps. These projects can be created inside or outside while sitting by the pool. Keep your kids motivated and have some fun during these lazy days.

Sharpie Crafts by Yes Missy:

Summer Wreaths:


Finally, how about creating a summer wreath. It can be as intricate or as simple as you choose. I chose a relatively simple design for my summer wreath. You can read the tutorial here. And for $26.00, I think it turned out just fine.

My Summer Wreath:

Summer Wreath by Miss Kopy Kat:


Miss Kitty over at The Kopy Kat has an entirely different take on the simple summer wreath. Head on over there and read her tutorial and get ideas for another type of wreath. Miss Kitty has a fun and realistic blog. I’m sure once you visit, you will go back for more. I know I will.

Wreath by Miss Kopy Kat:

Show Your Creativity & Enjoy Your Summer:


Well, that’s it. Five fun crafts for your summer enjoyment. Nothing too complicated because the last thing we want during our relaxing days is stress. Just fun and basic crafts that you can do alone or share with your friends and family.

Enjoy your summer and happy crafting.

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      Clearissa Coward's Command Center 

      3 years ago from Cary,NC

      Hi Rachel,

      I am so happy you stopped by. We use the "candlelier" all the time and you are right I use insect repellent candles. I enjoy the lemony fragrance and the fact that the insects do not. :)

      The chalk paint is so much fun. I have a couple other projects with the chalk paint coming up soon so stay tuned.

      Congratulations on your scarf. I wish I could crochet or knit, but I do neither. Good luck with your beanie. I would love it if you would subscribe to my webpage and if you do, you will get a free cleaning checklist as well.

      Talk soon and enjoy your cozy winter. :)

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      Clearissa Coward's Command Center 

      3 years ago from Cary,NC

      Thank you Ikechi. I am so happy you are enjoying the posts. I hope you will give some of the ideas a try. Let me know if you do. :)

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      Rachel 

      3 years ago

      Hey Clearissa,

      You got some great ideas happening. I enjoyed your candlelier (the word and the item). And how romantic of an evening having candles and in summer you could even put insect repalent in the candles.

      I did not know about Chalkboard paint, well that has my mind going everywhere. I liked what you did with the trays - very creative. I am a fan of succulents, they are versatile and look pretty and the best thing about them is you don't have to be the best green finger for them to grow. Minimal water as well.

      It is winter in Australia, so I just finished my first ever croquet project of a circular scarf. Okay it is over a metre long and has areas have corners where it should be round, but it so cosy and warm and I wear it proudly. I am onto doing a beanie next. Thanks for a great post, I might go and visit some of the sites you suggest. Talk soon.

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      Ikechi 

      3 years ago

      Hi Clearissa

      Bravo. This is a great masterpiece. I see so much creativity in this post and it is so awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    • Clearissa profile imageAUTHOR

      Clearissa Coward's Command Center 

      3 years ago from Cary,NC

      Thank you so much Harleena. I am so glad you enjoy the posts.

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      Harleena Singh 

      3 years ago

      Hi Clearissa,

      Wonderful indeed :)

      I love the creative ideas you come up with each time! Moreover, these are just perfect to make during the Summer months, as you can sit and make them indoors, and if possible, even get your loved ones and kid's to help you with them - would keep them occupied too!

      I remember your Summer Wreath at your blog, and even the 'candlelier' and succulent garden seem worth a try. I guess anything creative must be tried. So, just let your creative juices flow, isn't it?

      Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)

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