22 Summer-Perfect DIYs You Can Tackle This Weekend

Photo: Courtesy of Burkatron.
This weekend marks the official start of summer, and with it comes many long days perfect for tackling an assortment of crafting projects that your apartment would pretty much be naked without. For spaces in need of a little brightness — and for those among us whose best memories of summers past involve the arts-and-crafts table at camp — we've rounded up 22 DIY projects that pack a dose of sunny energy and a dollop of good vibes.

From painted, patterned plates to modern, suspended herb gardens (ideal for the yard-deprived), there's a project for every interest, every skill level, and every long, luxurious, sun-soaked day.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Crafted Life.
Easy Planter Makeover By The Crafted Life
Turns out, an hour is all it takes to transform a terra cotta planter into a multicolored masterpiece.
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Photo: Sara Albers.
No-Sew Rope Coil Basket By Alice & Lois
Stow beach towels and flip flops in this sturdy rope basket, which, believe it or not, is held together entirely by glue — no needle and thread required.
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Photo: Courtesy of Burkatron.
Letter Planter Centerpiece By Burkatron
Do one better than fresh flowers; grow your own centerpiece (in your initials, no less) with soil, seeds, and wooden craft letters.
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Photo: Geneva Vanderzeil.
Tasseled Rug By A Pair & A Spare
Is your picnic blanket in need of a pick-me-up? Embellish a store-bought rug with festive, easy-to-make tassels fashioned from balls of yarn.
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Photo: Mette Jakobsen.
Leaf Art By Monsters Circus
A palm frond and a simple, wooden frame are all that’s required for this eye-catching art piece. (Scroll through the original Danish for instructions in English.)
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Photo: Courtesy of Dream Green DIY.
Palm-Print Pillows Ny Dream Green DIY
Custom-printed palm-frond cushions deliver a healthy dose of tropical sunshine straight to your sofa.
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Photo: Courtesy of Almost Makes Perfect.
Block-Printed Napkins By Almost Makes Perfect
Stamp up a storm with cork board and craft foam cut in the shapes of your choosing.
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Photo: Courtesy of Make and Tell.
Eye-Shaped Trinket Dish By Make & Tell
Get your hands on some air-drying clay and acrylic paint, and this charming trinket dish is yours in the blink of an eye.
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Photo: Courtesy of Almost Makes Perfect.
Faux-Ceramic Napkin Rings By Almost Makes Perfect
Dress up a summer dinner party with a set of napkin rings made from painted polymer clay.
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Photo: Sarah Sherman Samuel.
Eucalyptus Wall Hanging By Smitten Studio
Good news for the craft-challenged among us: Designer Sarah Sherman Samuel calls this DIY showstopper — which makes magic of eucalyptus, yarn, and a trio of walnut dowels — one of her easiest to date.
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Photo: Stephanie Teng.
Paper Quote Banner By A Pair & A Spare
Design your own paper banner to make whatever statement you like — but we’re ready to adopt this one as our unofficial slogan for the season.
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Photo: Jared Smith.
Pattern Throw Pillows By Sugar & Cloth
Cushion covers splashed in sunset hues bring new life to pillows that are worn out after a long winter of couch-sitting.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Fresh Exchange.
Modern Vertical Herb Garden By The Fresh Exchange
No space for a garden? No worries. Think outside the planter box and build a hanging garden that utilizes vertical space (like walls and fences). Time-consuming, maybe, but well worth the effort.
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Photo: Corrie Beth Hogg.
Papier Mâché Cake Stands By The House That Lars Built
These quirky, cardboard stands — made for cakes, but also just right for summer’s fruit pies — are ideal additions to an alfresco sweets spread.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Merrythought.
Pegboard Wall Organizer By The Merrythought
After long days of outdoor adventuring, use this handy pegboard as a vertical catchall for keys, purses, parasols, and picnic paraphernalia.
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Photo: Dara Tippapart.
Little Nicki’s Ojos De Dios By Nicole Valentine Don For The Jungalow
Made of sticks and your choice of colored wool, these traditional Mexican ornaments are easy to construct and infinitely customizable.
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Photo: Courtesy of Paper & Stitch.
Patterned Plates By Paper & Stitch
Update summer serving ware with unexpected prints, like Brittni Mehlhoff’s bewitching black tulips. (Bonus points if you top said servingware with her blueberry-pear crostini — recipe included.)
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Photo: Courtesy of Treasures & Travels.
Copper & Wood Side Tables By Treasures & Travels
Free up some bedside space with these spic-and-span wooden surfaces, which are fastened to the wall with copper fixtures.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Merrythought.
Incense Holder By The Merrythought
This handsome, wooden holder gives stray incense — preferably campfire-scented, like blogger Caitlin’s — a proper home.
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Photo: Mandi Gubler.
Watercolor Wonderwall By Vintage Revivals
Indulge your childhood fantasy of drawing on the walls with this watercolor wonder in graduating shades of ocean blue.
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Photo: Courtesy of Burkatron.
Pom Pom Wall Hanging By Burkatron
Punchy pom poms — threaded and anchored to a branch or stick — make a cheerful antidote to a bare, white wall.
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Photo: Casey Starks.
Eames-Inspired Mobile By Vitamini Handmade
The mobile gets a grown-up (and design-conscious) makeover with this Eames-inspired iteration, made of wooden dowels strung so as to appear floating.

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