Discover 21 fun and easy DIY projects perfect for summertime! Spruce up your home and garden in just a weekend with these creative ideas for all skill levels.

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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Most Popular Summer DIY Projects to Try This Season

Summer is the perfect time to get creative with DIY projects that can transform your home and garden. Here are some of the most popular summer DIY projects that are both fun and functional:

DIY Outdoor Pallet Furniture: Transform Your Backyard

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

Creative Mason Jar Crafts: Brighten Your Home

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.

Mason jars are versatile and perfect for a variety of DIY crafts. Here are some popular ideas:

  • Lanterns: Create charming outdoor lanterns with LED candles or fairy lights.
  • Vases: Use mason jars as rustic vases for fresh or dried flowers.
  • Soap Dispensers: Convert mason jars into stylish soap dispensers with pump lids.
  • Storage Solutions: Organize small items like spices, buttons, or craft supplies.
  • Decorative Pieces: Paint or decorate mason jars to match your home decor.

DIY Outdoor Fire Pit: Create a Cozy Gathering Spot

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 is a rewarding project that enhances your outdoor space. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Choose a Location: Select a safe, level area away from structures and trees.
  2. Gather Materials: You’ll need bricks, pavers, or stones, gravel, and sand.
  3. Prepare the Base: Dig a shallow pit and add a layer of gravel for drainage.
  4. Build the Structure: Arrange bricks or stones in a circle, stacking to the desired height.
  5. Finish and Enjoy: Add sand to the base and your fire pit is ready for use.

This project is 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

DIY Vertical Gardens: Maximize Your Space with Greenery

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.

Vertical gardens are a fantastic way to add greenery to small spaces. Here’s how to create your own:

  • Choose a Structure: Use trellises, pallets, or wall-mounted planters.
  • Select Plants: Opt for compact, trailing, or climbing plants like herbs, succulents, and flowers.
  • Prepare Containers: Ensure good drainage by adding holes to containers or using specialized vertical planters.
  • Arrange and Plant: Position plants for optimal sunlight and water access.
  • Maintain Regularly: Water and fertilize appropriately to keep your vertical garden thriving.

Enhance Your Space with Outdoor Lighting: Bright Ideas

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.

Transform your outdoor area with these creative lighting solutions:

  • String Lights: Drape them along fences, trees, or pergolas for a festive look.
  • Solar Lights: Line pathways or garden beds with eco-friendly solar stakes.
  • Lanterns: Hang lanterns from hooks or place them on tables for a cozy ambiance.
  • Spotlights: Highlight features like trees, sculptures, or water fountains.
  • Firefly Jars: Create magical effects with mason jars filled with battery-operated fairy lights.
zen garden koi pond at night

DIY Patriotic Decor: Celebrate in Style

Get ready for summer holidays with easy and festive patriotic decor:

  • Patriotic Pillow Covers: Sew or paint pillow covers in red, white, and blue designs.
  • Flag Banners: Create flag garlands from fabric or paper to hang around your porch.
  • Wreaths: Craft wreaths with patriotic colors using ribbons, flowers, or mesh.
  • Table Centerpieces: Use mason jars, candles, and themed decorations for eye-catching table settings.
  • Door Decorations: Design patriotic-themed signs or door hangers to welcome guests.

patriotic decorating on the porch with white porch swing with red white and blue, outdoor planters filled with begonias and scaevola with an outdoor area rug.

15 More 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

How to Plant a Mosquito Repellent Garden

Do you love summer nights outdoors but don’t love the bug bites that come with it? There’s a way to keep the bugs at bay by keeping certain plants nearby. Learn how to plant a mosquito repellent garden with these simple tips.

no sew patriotic pillow cover by the ponds farmhouse

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.

coastal mermaid wreath by cottage on bunker hill

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.

blue and terracotta outdoor tablescape with the tattered pew

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.

paper mache bowl pottery barn dupe by amy sadler designs

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.

easy diy firepit table by simply 2 moms

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.

license plante hat rack wall decor by dabbling and decorating

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.

diy outdoor shower curtain by white arrows home

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.

aged terra cotta pots by wm design house

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.

how to paint a checkerboard floor peacock ridge

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.

how to make an obelisk by thistlewood farms

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.

Final Thoughts on Easy Summer DIY Ideas for Your Home and Garden

Embracing summer with DIY projects is a great way to enhance your home and garden while enjoying creative activities. From building cozy outdoor furniture and adding charming mason jar crafts to illuminating your space with unique lighting and celebrating with patriotic decor, these projects offer something for everyone. Not only do they improve your surroundings, but they also provide a sense of accomplishment.

Ready to get started? Dive into these DIY ideas and transform your space this summer! For more inspiration and detailed DIY guides, visit my blog DIY catalogue here.

Have you been working on any fun summer DIY projects you’d like to share?

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear! And feel free to share this post with anyone you think would find it helpful too.

15 DIY summer craft ideas

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Enjoy a beautiful day! xo

Stacy Ling

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20 Comments

  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.