Are you looking for fun ideas to do this summer? You’re in the right place – we have 52 fun summer crafts for kids of all ages to fight that summer boredom. Summer crafts are the perfect indoor (or outdoor) activity to beat the heat whether you are at home, summer school classroom, church or summer camp. Let’s make summer crafts!
Best Summer Crafts For the Entire Family
Warmer weather is here, and you know what it means – it’s the perfect time for fun and play. These summer craft ideas are not only fun – they are easy peasy too! We have the best summer craft ideas to enjoy the summer days — all you need is some simple craft supplies and a kid willing to do a DIY arts & crafts!
We have listed some of our favorite summer craft ideas for kids of all ages.
- Younger kids can benefit from crafting with increased fine motor skills!
- Older children can have fun making summer craft variations.
Our easy craft ideas can be made with supplies you probably already have, like tissue paper, paper plates, foam balls, acrylic paint, and mason jars. Enjoy our fun summer craft activity list!
1. Summer Craft: Popsicle Stick Frame
Grab your glue gun and some popsicle sticks and come join us for a simple summer craft that everyone can make! Let’s make a popsicle stick frame.
2. Paper Plate Sun Craft
Kids of all ages will love this cool Paper Plate Sun Craft. It’s the perfect craft for weather units, welcoming summer, or just for fun.
3. Water Bottle Craft ~ Whirligigs
This water bottle whirligig craft is easy to make and a great way to use recycled bottles. Kids of all ages will love this craft.
4. Sweet & Colorful Paper Plate Watermelon Suncatcher Craft
Celebrate summer by creating adorable Paper Plate Watermelon Suncatchers with the kids. This suncatcher craft requires minimal supplies and looks bright and cheery hanging on windows!
5. Fun and Easy Firefly Craft
Learn about fireflies, spend time enjoying a craft, and promote pretend play by making fireflies – this craft is perfect for kids of all ages.
6. How To Make a Tissue Paper Sunflower Craft
Make a pretty DIY tissue paper flower craft with kids. This will make a beautiful art piece to hang in their bedroom or playroom.
7. Wooden Spoon Garden Craft
This Wooden Spoon Garden Craft looks adorable in potted plants or in the garden and is very easy for children to make on their own.
8. Make Your Own Rainbow Paper Beads
Get out the printer and some scissors and have fun making your own pretty rainbow paper beads.
9. Paper Plate Strawberry Craft
The best part about this strawberry craft is sprinkling the “strawberry seeds” on the paper plate. This craft requires minimal supplies, making it perfect for home, school, or camp.
10. Cupcake Liner Frog Craft
Learn how to make an adorable cupcake liner frog craft with kids. This inexpensive, easy, and fun craft is perfect for home or school.
11. Caterpillar Magnets
These caterpillar magnets are so easy for school-age children to make independently. They are perfect for holding birthday party invitations, school notices, and children’s artwork.
12. Earth Day: Recycled cardboard sun
To make this cardboard sun you only need cardboard, paint, scissors, and glue! Happy Earth Day! From the House that Lars built.
13. Paper Plate Ladybugs Craft
These paper plate ladybugs are a great painting project for helping fine-tune your child’s motor skills while having lots of fun in the process! From Crafts by Amanda.
14. How To Make This Beautiful Pressed Flower Craft
Try making a pressed flower craft! This project is perfect for kids who love spending time in nature, and it’s a great way to preserve the beauty of flowers. From Hello Wonderful.
15. Finger Printed Cherry Tree
Let’s make an art project using our fingertips and newsprint as it adds dimension and texture. Plus, it’s so inexpensive. From Emma Owl.
16. Paper Bag Scrapbook Journal Tutorial
This fun scrapbook journal from Crazy Little Projects is perfect to make with the kids for the summer! It’s a fun way for them to track and remember their summer memories and a great craft to put together.
17. How To Make a Popsicle Stick Ferris Wheel
Kids will love making their own Disneyland rides with popsicle sticks. It’s so easy to construct and helps kids with their fine motor skills. From Studio DIY.
18. DIY: Sidewalk Chalk “Pops”
Sidewalk chalk is a great way to encourage imagination and physical activity (hopscotch, tic-tac-toe, toy car racetracks, hangman, etc). Let’s mix up a batch of your own colorful DIY sidewalk chalk pops. From Project Nursery.
19. DIY Watermelon Soaps
These cute little slices will make great gifts throughout spring and summer. Enjoy washing your hands with a small little slice of watermelon. From Club Crafted.
20. Craft Stick Octopus
Travel under the sea with this adorable little craft stick octopus craft! From Craft Project Ideas.
21. DIY Felt Ball Ice Cream Cone Keychains
There is just something about the bright vibrant colors and cute little ball shapes that make them so fun to craft with, so let’s use them to make some summer keychains. From A Kailo Chic Life.
22. Seashell Turtle and Crab Magnets
Did you collect seashells at the beach this summer? Use them to craft and create little buddies and then turn them into fridge magnets that you can give to friends and family. From Craft Project Ideas.
23. DIY Scented Rainbow Bubbles
Have fun experimenting with colors, smells, and bubble recipes with your kids this summer by making this playful bubble station. From Homemade Charlotte.
Related: Our favorite bubble recipe
24. Unicorn Planter DIY
This gorgeous and easy Unicorn Planter DIY would make a lovely Mother’s Day Gift, BFF Gift, or gift for a teacher. From Red Ted Art.
25. Painted Rock Babies
If you’re going on a walk around the neighborhood or park, collect some smooth, round rocks to bring home, and let’s make a whole daycare of painted baby rocks. From Handmade Charlotte.
26. DIY starfish salt dough garland
You’ll be surprised to find out these starfish are made with salt dough and you can make them for pennies – and they look so beautiful! From The Chickabug Blog.
27. Sun Suncatcher Craft & Free Patterns
I just love how bright & cheery these sun suncatchers make our room look! It’s also a great way to learn about the sun. From Lessons 4 Little Ones.
28. Pom Pom Ice Cream
Today we’re making these sweet mini ice cream cone necklaces using colored pom-poms to make different “flavors”. Idea from Handmade Charlotte.
29. Piña Colada Sugar Scrub & Mini Soaps
These DIY Piña Colada Sugar Scrub and Mini Soaps are the perfect way to keep your summer skin refreshed and smelling great. From Happiness is Homemade.
30. Watermelon Sun Catcher Craft
Make one of these watermelon sun catchers, hang it up in your window, and enjoy a little bit of summer well into the cooler months. From About Family Crafts.
31. DIY Fruit Crafts
Here’s a super fun fan to keep you cool during the hot summer months that is also a great kids craft that they will have a blast with! From The Idea Room.
32. Mermaid Fin Hair Clip Craft
This mermaid fin hair clip is an easy way to get the look of a mermaid’s hair, and you just need a few basic supplies that you can get at any craft shop. From Finding Zest.
33. Ice Cream Cone Garland
Make an ice cream cone garland out of yarn and paper for festive summer decoration. From Growing Up Abel.
34. Flamingo Handprint
We love how colorful this pink flamingo handprint craft is and the added details of the feathers and pipe cleaners bring it to life! From The Best Ideas for Kids.
35. DIY Luggage Tags
Make these customized luggage tags for all your adventures this summer – summer camp, family vacation, sleepovers, or even back-to-school! From Handmade Charlotte.
36. Sponge Water Bombs
Sponge Water Bombs are a favorite summer must-have, especially during the warmer summer days. From House of Hepworths.
37. Bow-Tie Noodle Butterfly Craft for Kids
Use some old bow-tie noodles and turn them into pretty little butterflies! From Crafty Morning.
38. How to Make a Suncatcher with Beads
Making a suncatcher with beads is easy and fun to make from kids’ plastic pony beads, just follow these step-by-step instructions. From Artful Parent.
39. How to Make DIY Bubble Wands with Beads
These DIY bubble wands made with pipe cleaners and beads are a fun kids’ craft project. Plus, the finished bubble wands are beautiful and work great! From Artful Parent.
40. How to Make Melted Crayon Sea Shells
Melted crayon sea shells are a beautiful, unique craft to make after your beach trip. Follow the tutorial to learn how to make them, from Artful Parent.
41. Ojo de Dios / God’s Eye
This God’s eye (English for Ojo de Dios) craft is perfect even for kids and beginners. And they can use any color combination they want! From Artbar Blog.
42. Paper Flower Craft
These paper flower crafts will make a wonderful decoration, you can make a few and have a lovely bouquet and welcome Spring or Summer. From Easy Peasy and Fun.
43. How to make easy rainbow paper flowers for kids
These construction paper flower crafts for kids are perfect for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and kids of all ages. From Twitchetts.
44. Simple Cupcake Liner Flowers Tutorial
These cupcake liner flowers are so simple to make and you can make them in different colors and patterns. Idea from One Little Project.
45. Fish in Bag Slime
This fish in bag slime is perfect for hot summer afternoons or for rainy days, especially if you need a quiet activity. From My Frugal Adventures.
46. Mini Mason Jar Aquariums | Summer In Jars Series
These “under the sea” mason jars are so easy to make and most importantly, a really fun summer activity for the little ones. They are also great for birthday parties or beach-themed weddings. From A Little CLAIREification.
47. How To Make Fireflies That Really Light Up
These fireflies are super easy to make. Just pop a flameless LED tealight into a plastic Easter egg – you don’t even need glue. From Apartment Therapy.
48. Citrus Perler Bead Coasters
Perler beads are so fun and inexpensive and the possibilities of things you can create are endless. Let’s make some summer-themed coasters! From My Frugal Adventures.
49. Mason Jar Fairy House
Use air-dry clay and mason jars to make a light-up fairy garden mason jar. It’s the cutest home decor! From The Decorated Cookie.
50. Simple & Pretty Homemade Wind Chimes Kids Can Make!
51. Milk Carton Bird Feeder
This really simple milk carton bird feeder is the perfect thing to get the kids excited in the Spring and Summer months, while helping kids learn about the importance of taking care of wildlife. Idea from A Mother Thing.
52. Paper Plate Frisbees
Turn ordinary paper plates into a fun frisbee! This paper plate frisbee craft is great for spring, summer, or as a group project. From Crafts by Amanda.
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Which summer craft are you going to try first?