52 Awesome Summer Crafts for Kids

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.

Image shows a compilation of summer craft ideas from different sources.
Enjoy the summer season with these crafts!

Best Summer Crafts For the Entire Family

Warmer weather is here, and you know what it means – it’s the perfect time to go outside and play some outdoor games, play with a bubble wand, and of course, make a simple craft with summer themes. These summer craft ideas are not only so much fun – they are easy peasy too.

We have the best ideas to enjoy the summer days — all you need is some simple craft supplies and a kid willing to do a DIY art project.

The best thing is that we have creative ideas for kids of all ages. We made sure to add some craft project ideas for younger kids who are working on their fine motor skills, and some challenging crafts for older children. 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 activity list!

Image shows a DIY picture frame. Idea from KAB
What’s your summer bucket 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.

Image shows a paper plate sun with glasses. Idea from KAB
What a cool-looking sun!

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.

Image shows a DIY whirling craft. Idea from KAB
This craft will make your backyard look beautiful!

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.

Image shows a watermelon craft to decorate a window. Idea from KAB
What a colorful 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!

Image shows a firefly craft made with recycled supplies. Idea from KAB
Let’s make a lot of firefly crafts.

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.

Image shows a sunflower craft made with paper tissue. Idea from KAB
Nothing says “summer” more than a sunflower craft!

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.

Image shows a wooden spoon garden craft. Idea from KAB
Toddlers will love decorating the garden.

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.

Image shows a rainbow made with paper beads . Idea from KAB
Lovely rainbow craft!

8. Make Your Own Rainbow Paper Beads

Get out the printer and some scissors and have fun making your own pretty rainbow paper beads.

Image shows a strawberry paper craft. Idea from KAB
Pretty strawberry!

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.

IMage shows a frog on a lilly pod. Idea from KAB
An adorable frog craft made with cupcake liners.

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.

Image shows a caterpillar magnet. Idea from KAB.
Decorate your fridge with this caterpillar magnet.

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.

Image shows a kid holding a sun craf. Idea from thehousethatlarsbuilt
We love recycling supplies!

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.

Image shows four ladybug crafts painted in different colors. Idea from craftsbyamanda.
Grab your favorite paints!

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.

Image shows a flower drawing paper craft. Idea from Hello Wonderful
Have you ever heard of pressed flowers?

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.

Image shows a cherry tree painted with fingertips. Idea from Emma Owl.
All you need to make this craft is your fingers and paint.

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.

Image shows a DIY summer journal. Idea from Crazy Little Project
Let’s make a fun summer journal.

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.

Image shows a small ferris wheel craft with Mickey Mouse in the middle. Idea from studiodiy
Let’s make our own fair at home!

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.

Image shows sidewalk chalk pops in different colors. From Project Nursery
Outdoor play is finally here!

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.

Image shows watermelon soaps. Ide from Club Crafted
These little soaps are so much fun to make.

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.

Image shows three octopus crafts made with craft sticks and googly eyes. Idea from craftprojectideas
Little kids will love making this octopus craft.

20. Craft Stick Octopus

Travel under the sea with this adorable little craft stick octopus craft! From Craft Project Ideas.

Image shows a set of felt ball ice cream keychains. Idea from Akailo Chic Life.
These keychains are summer-themed and so cute.

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.

Image shows an ocean craft with a seashell turtle and a crab. Idea from Craft Project Ideas.
Grab some googly eyes to make cute turtle and crab magnets.

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.

Image shows a rainbow bubble project. Idea from Handmade CHarlotte
Did you know you could make rainbow bubbles?

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.

Image shows a unicorn planter. Idea from Red Ted Art
This unicorn planter is so beautiful.

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.

Image shows rocks painted in different colors. Idea from Handmade Charlotte
Have you ever made a diaper for a rock before?

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.

Image shows a starfish garland made with salt dough. Idea from Chikabug
These starfish remind me of the ocean.

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.

Image shows a suncatcher shaped like the sun. Idea from Lessons 4 little ones
A suncatcher shaped like a sun?!

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.

Image shows a set of pom-pom necklaces shaped like ice cream. Idea from Handmade Charlotte.
Who wouldn’t love some ice cream cone necklaces?

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.

Image shows a homemade piña colada sugar scrub with a pineapple on the background. Idea from Happiness is Homemade
These sugar scrubs smell delicious.

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.

Image shows a Watermelon Sun Catcher Craft. Idea from About Family Crafts
We love fruity sun catchers.

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.

Image shows a a set of four handmade fans fruit-themed. Ideas from the idea room.
Fight the warmer days with these DIY fans.

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.

Image shows a mermaid fin hair clip. Idea from  Finding Zest
A craft perfect for a mermaid-theme party.

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.

Image shows an ice cream craft garland. Idea from Growing up Abel
Pretty summer home decor!

33. Ice Cream Cone Garland

Make an ice cream cone garland out of yarn and paper for festive summer decoration. From Growing Up Abel.

Image shows two flamingos made with handprints and simple craft supplies. Idea from The Best Ideas For kids
Use your handprints to make a work of art.

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.

Image shows a set of DIY luggage tags. Idea from Handmade Charlotte.
Best way to decorate your luggage.

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.

Image shows a set of sponge water bombs in a water tub. Idea from House of the P worths
Sponge water bombs are so much fun.

36. Sponge Water Bombs

Sponge Water Bombs are a favorite summer must-have, especially during the warmer summer days. From House of Hepworths.

Image shows a craft made with bow-tie noodle pasta. Idea from Crafty Morning.
This craft is also perfect for spring.

37. Bow-Tie Noodle Butterfly Craft for Kids

 Use some old bow-tie noodles and turn them into pretty little butterflies! From Crafty Morning.

Image shows a suncatcher made with beads over a blurred background. Idea from Artful parents
Beads have so many fun uses.

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.

Image shows a bubble on top of a DIY bubble wand. Idea from Artful Parent
These gorgeous DIY bubble wands are so much fun to make!

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.

Image shows sea shells painted in different colors. Idea from Artful Parent.
Take some shells next time you go to the beach.

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.

Image shows a set of 4 different ojo de dios crafts. From The Art Bar Blog
Which color will you use for the yarn?

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.

Image shows a flower craft made with paper. Idea from Easy Peasy and Fun
Let’s make some flower crafts!

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.

Image shows different photos on the process for making paper flowers. Idea from Twitchetts.
Here’s another way to make paper flowers.

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.

Image shows three paper flower crafts. Idea from One Little Project.
Use cupcake liners for this craft.

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.

Image shows a bag slime with fake fish inside. Idea from My Frugal Adventures
This slime bag also doubles as a sensory activity.

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.

Image shows a mason jar filled with ocean toys. Idea from A little claireification
Get a bit of ocean in your room!

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.

Image shows two firefly crafts made with kids. Idea from Apartment Therapy.
Cute little firefly crafts!

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.

Image shows coasters painted like fruits. Idea from My Frugal Adventures
What fun, cute coasters!

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.

Image shows a fairy house made with a mason jar. Idea from The Decorated Cookie
Isn’t this fairy house the absolute cutest?

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.

Image shows a homemade wind chimess decorated in different colors. Idea from Hands on as we grow
Don’t get rid of your tin cans yet!

50. Simple & Pretty Homemade Wind Chimes Kids Can Make!

Upcycle your tin cans into fun, homemade wind chimes that the kids can make! From Hands On As We Grow.

Image shows a milk carton bird feeder. Idea from A mother  thing
Let’s feed the birds this summer!

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.

Image shows a paper plate frisbee decorated with summer themes. Idea is from Crafts by amanda
How are you going to decorate these frisbees?

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?

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