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Easy Summer DIY Projects You Can Do in a Weekend

Looking for ways to spruce up your home and garden for summer? Wait until you see these easy summer DIY projects that you can do in less than a weekend.

I’ve been so busy in the gardens the last few months, I haven’t had much time to add the finishing touches to my home for summer.

There are so many little things I want to do to make my living spaces both inside and out feel more cozy and welcoming.

Are you feeling that way too?

I rounded up a few fun ideas to get the creative juices flowing. And now, I just need a free weekend to do them! LOL!

From accent lighting to small garden and decorating projects, this post has you covered with some fun DIY decorating ideas that will take little time to do.

Whether you’re a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a complete beginner, these ideas will transform your space and give it a fresh, cozy, and vibrant look.

So let’s dive into these simple gardening and do-it-yourself craft projects that will make a big impact to make your home and garden look better than ever before!

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While the popularity of summer DIY projects can vary based on personal preferences and trends, there are a few projects that tend to be consistently popular during the summer months.

Here are a few summer DIY projects that have gained significant popularity.

Outdoor Pallet Furniture

Transforming wooden pallets into outdoor furniture pieces has become increasingly popular. Have you noticed?

With some basic tools and creativity, you can create unique and inexpensive seating arrangements, such as pallet sofas, coffee tables, and even planters.

Pallet furniture provides a rustic and charming touch to any outdoor space.

A few years ago, my husband built me this charming potting bench made from wood pallets and a few scraps we had laying around.

I never knew how much I needed a potting bench until he built me this one!

It’s really big and kind of heavy so we debated moving it when we relocated to our current home. But it was well worth the move because I use it all the time!

diy potting bench in spring with terra cotta pots, plants, garden decor and vintage garden tools
DIY potting bench idea made from wood pallet

Mason Jar Crafts

Mason jars are incredibly versatile and can be used for a wide range of DIY projects.

From creating decorative lanterns with LED lights to making herb planters or even crafting your own citronella candles for bug-free evenings, mason jar crafts are a hit among DIY enthusiasts.

Outdoor Fire Pit

Building an outdoor fire pit is another favorite DIY project for those who love spending evenings outdoors.

Whether you opt for a simple ring of stones or a more elaborate design, having a fire pit creates a cozy gathering spot for family and friends.

It’s perfect for roasting marshmallows, sharing stories, and enjoying summer nights under the stars.

At our former home, my husband built our firepit with huge rocks and we LOVED it so much. I grew pretty plants and flowers around it, added some cozy lighting and we used it all season long.

summer night by the fire pit in the backyard garden

Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardening has gained popularity due to its space-saving nature and aesthetic appeal.

From repurposing old pallets or ladders as vertical planters to installing hanging baskets or creating a living wall using modular planters, vertical gardens allow you to add greenery to small spaces, balconies, or even walls.

Outdoor Lighting

Enhancing your outdoor space with various lighting options is always a hit during the summer.

From string lights and solar-powered lanterns to pathway lighting and landscape spotlights, creating an enchanting ambiance with outdoor lighting is a simple and effective way to elevate your outdoor gatherings.

If you don’t have a way to string lights in the backyard, I shared a great way to do it here.

Remember, the most popular summer DIY projects can vary from year to year, and it ultimately depends on your personal taste and the specific trends of the season.

Don’t be afraid to explore new ideas and add your own creative twist to make your DIY projects unique and reflective of your style.

zen garden koi pond at night

15 Easy Summer DIY Project Ideas You Can Do in a Weekend

Now that I’m done planting my gardens, I’m ready to tackle some easy home and garden do-it-yourself projects to level up some spaces.

Not only do these projects add a touch of personality to your space, but they will also help make your home feel more cozy and welcoming.

Join me as we explore a range of ideas, from gardening and decorating to home improvement and patriotic decor, that you can complete in no time.

Wait until you see how easy these are to do!

Lilac flowers by the Fire Pit Garden at night lit with solar lanters and surrounded by hostas and twinkle lights

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4th of July New Sew Patriotic Pillow Cover

The 4th of July is a time for celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with a patriotic pillow cover? Rachel from the Ponds Farmhouse shares this easy no-sew project that can be customized to your liking.

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Easy DIY Coastal Mermaid Wreath

Are you looking for a new Summer wreath? If so, then you’ll love this mermaid wreath with a coastal touch that my good friend Jen from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared. It’s perfect for your front door or beach house.

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Outdoor Summer Tablescape Using Blue and Terracotta

Need ideas for setting an outdoor summer table? My good friend Kelly from the Tattered Pew shared this summer tablescape using touches of blues and terracotta is casual yet elegant as the sun sets and the colors change. Come see how easy it is to set a pretty summer table outdoors!

summer door basket by eleanor rose home

How to Make a Summer Door Basket

A hanging summer door basket is a great way to add charm and beauty to your entrance, while offering a refreshing change from the usual wreath. My good friend Heidi from Eleanor Rose Home shared 5 easy steps to make your own door basket for summer with vibrant Americana colors.

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Paper Mache Bowl Centerpiece Pottery Barn Dupe

My good friend Amy from Amy Sadler Designs wanted to see if she could make some of her favorite Pottery Barn looks for less! Here is her attempt at the Paper Mache Centerpiece Bowl from Pottery Barn.

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How to Make an Easy DIY Firepit Table Cover for Under $30

Looking for a way to protect your firepit from the elements? Well, look no further than this easy DIY firepit tabletop cover! AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms made this with just a few simple materials for about $25.

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DIY License Plate Hat Rack and Wall Decor

Dabbling and Decorating found these old vanity Maine license plates in a family shed. Let Ann show you how she turned them into an adorable hat rack and wall decor.

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DIY Outdoor Shower Curtain

My good friend Kristin from White Arrows Home shared how to add a DIY curtain to an outdoor shower for pretty privacy around an often used patio space.

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Easy Ways to Age Terra Cotta Pots and Style Them

Want to make your terra cotta pots look like they’ve been around for centuries? Try aging them with fertilizer, yogurt, or salt! Wendy from WM Design House shared these three methods offer a unique and easy way to achieve an aged look.

easy patriotic flower pot by cottage in the mitten

How to Create an Easy Patriotic Flower Pot

Are you looking forward to celebrating the 4th of July? My good friend Kim from Cottage in the Mitten shared an easy holiday decor project with this simple patriotic flower pot you can create yourself! It’s perfect to use inside or out on your patio.

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How to Paint a Checkerboard Floor

Create a timeless and beautiful checkerboard floor in your greenhouse for an extra whimsical touch. Learn how to get the job done quickly and easily with this DIY project by Peacock Ridge Farm!

diy lake patriotic wreath by lora b create and ponder

DIY Lake Themed Patriotic Wreath

Looking for a fun and easy summer wreath idea? All you need is a few simple things to make this unique wreath to coordinate with your lake-themed summer decor. It will fit in perfectly with vintage skis or paddles, and all those fun family water-fun pictures! Learn how to make a DIY Lake Themed Patriotic Wreath with my good friend Lora from Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder.

rain barrel on on abudget by midwest life and style

DIY Rain Barrel on a Budget

Conserve water for your garden and add curb appeal to your outdoor living spaces with this easy step-by-step tutorial to build a DIY water barrel shared by my good friend Jen from Midwest Life and Style.

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How to Make and Obelisk

You will never believe what I made this garden obelisk from. Here’s a hint. You probably have one sitting in a closet. My good friend KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms shared this fun project that makes any planter even prettier.

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  1. What a great variety of fun summer projects! Your mosquito garden idea is brilliant; they are so bad here this year!

  2. SO many great summer ideas, Stacy. Like you, now I just need to find the time to do them all! Thanks, for sharing your great gardening tips too! I can’t wait to look into some of your suggestions for my flower beds.