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Posted on Jul 7, 2014

10 Easy DIY Summer Projects

10 Easy DIY Summer Projects


It’s that time of the year, when many people take to outdoor projects, remodeling, and a simple cleaning of the home. Why not take a break and do a few FUN projects for a change? They take just a few minutes and are great options for recycling and up-cycling many of the things you can find in your own home.

Take a look below to find some of our favorite DIY summer projects. They’re so easy, you won’t want to stop!

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1. This is an easy project as it takes only a few minutes and you can recycle your used food jars and tins. All you need is a clean tin can or glass jar, some chalkboard paint, and a paintbrush. Paint a coat of chalkboard paint over the jar horizontally, let dry, and then repeat in a vertical direction. This is to ensure that you will get a smooth surface to write on. Make sure you use chalkboard pens as writing utensils on the finished product to ensure a smooth coat that is easy to remove. You can use these jars for anything from piggy banks to utensil holders at an outdoor party. It doesn’t get any simpler than this!


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2. This is perhaps the easiest and most adorable DIY project imaginable. You’ll need a plain porcelain mug and an oil-based permanent marker. Draw anything your heart desires onto the mug. Once you have finished, place the mug in a cool oven. Set the temperature at 300 degrees and let bake for 30 minutes. Let the mug cool in the oven. You can use these mugs as regular coffee mugs, but we chose to go with a little more life on our bookshelves! Be creative!


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3. These bottle centerpieces are perfect for a party or as a gift for those who really love the shabby chic style. Clean the paper and glue off of an old bottle using Goo Gone, and use scrapbook paper, fabric flowers, beads, and anything else you can think of to embellish! You can even put a tea light candle inside for a nighttime glow.


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4. With great summer weather, comes many of those pesky mosquitoes. Try an all natural bug deterrent rather than a chemical based one for a healthier you. Fill a mason jar with water and add a few drops of citronella java essential oil to it. Add some freshly sliced lemons and limes and top off with a floating candle. Not only do these candles look beautiful and all natural in an outdoor setting, but they smell amazing too!


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5. This is a great way to express your favorite things without creating extra clutter on your refrigerator door. To create these adorable magnets, all you need is a glue stick, round magnets, glass buttons, and pictures of your favorite TV characters, books, comic books, magazines, etc.Trace and cut the pictures around the glass buttons so you can ensure that they are the right size. Glue the picture to the back of the button facing inwards. Once dry, glue the button to the magnet and voila! You’ve got yourself some cute refrigerator magnets at little cost and little time.


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6. A great DIY gift for anyone with a passion for jewelry. Find a broken piece of a tree branch from almost anywhere. Drill a hole on a baseboard and glue the branch to it. Then, cover the branch in ribbons or spray paint for a finished product. The tree is actually pretty sturdy and can hold lots of necklaces and earrings. It is a great DIY project that literally doesn’t cost a dime!


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7. These candles add a little flair to a night in the garden. Add a few river stones to a mason jar, top off with a tea light candle, and tie steel wire around the crease of the top of the jar. Once secured, choose two points on the wire parallel from each other to tie one end each of another wire to serve as a strap. When finished, light your candle and hang from a tree branch for a romantic summer feel. Remember to be careful not to expose the open flame to any tree branch as you hang these up. Enjoy!


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8. For a perfect vintage feel in your kitchen (or patio kitchen), why not add a chalkboard menu? All you need is chalkboard paint, and an old frame with a wooden baseboard. Paint the baseboard horizontally with the chalkboard paint. Once dry, paint again – but this time, vertically. You can also paint the frame a light color and then rub it down with sandpaper to add a more “vintage-y” vibe to it. Simple as that, you are done!


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9. This project is much easier than it looks. All you need to do is undo the base boards, cover the boards in the fabric of your choice (thick material like outdoor fabric works best) and tightly pull it around to the bottom of the board. Staple to the board using a staple gun. Once you make sure that the fabric is tightly wrapped and stapled around the entire bench, fasten the boards back to the bench legs. You can even go a step further and paint or antique the legs!


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10. This project also qualifies as one of the easiest at home DIYs. Buy some cheap wish keeper bottles. Using a permanent marker, simply write out the name of the plant on the a strip of paper or ribbon. Place inside the glass bottle facing outwards. Embellish the bottle as you see appropriate. Place in your garden as a vegetable marker for a cute way to keep track of each plant!


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