It’s important to give your home a personality. Special. Make it yours. One of a kind. Homemade garden crafts add a nice personal touch to any backyard and garden. Stepping stones are a quick and easy project that definitely fit into that category. They are affordable and fun to make with the littles! We have a few in our yard already but I think I see room for another.
I’m excited to feature this DIY from Intimate Weddings. It’s a simple stepping stone tutorial that the whole family will love and that will add some extra whimsy to your yard. I used to make these when I was little. They never turned out like these though. Who knows what mom had us using! Lol. These will be so fun to make!
You can buy stepping stone kits too. If you don’t have the plates to mash, these ones come pre-mashed.
Mona with Craft Klatch has come up with another fabulous concrete tutorial and I’m so excited to feature it here today! Her latest video shows how to make fun ‘beachy’ themed coasters. This DIY is quick and the finished coasters look anything but homemade. I think I’ll give these a go!
For this craft you will need some rapid set cement, coaster molds, and colorful stones. It’s ok to use whatever cement you have on hand as long as you follow the instructions. You could use something else in place of the stones too but remember these are coasters and drinks need to balance with ease.
These coasters look so lovely! How great would they be on the patio table?! I would want to have them in many different colors. Do you think adding a varnish seal at the end is a good idea? I would want them to stay shiny!
Amazon has many fun concrete molds; everything from paw prints to path pavers. Check them out here.
Some people are so creative! Who goes into the underwear drawer with scissors in hand and comes out with a sports bra? Clever people, that’s who. This video from Likemag Espanol shows how to make a no-sew sports bra in just minutes. All you need is a pair of underwear (clean briefs) and scissors. I guess I better go to the store and look for some new undies! This would really work in a pinch but I don’t recommend it for your next marathon. Think you’ll try your hand at this?
Eslamoda has another fabulous roundup. Check out these 16 ways to make your own bikini. Number 4 is my favorite! I like that it has all the support of a bra because it is an actual bra. The bandeau (number 8) is pretty great too. It’s amazing that these DIYs just need some scissors, markers, needle and thread, ribbon, fabric, or repurposed shirts. Brilliant!
Elle, from What’s Up Moms, has the ‘coolest’ ideas (hehe) for how to beat the sweltering summer heat during those hot summer months. They are fun, affordable, and probably something you haven’t tried before. New is always good when trying to beat the summertime blues.
My favorite is excavating ice blocks (maybe you will inspire your kiddos to become paleontologists). You could also try freezing the toys in muffin tins for quicker gratification. Lol. This is education and fun. Another way to dissolve this would be in the kiddy pool while everyone is slashing around.
Paint popsicles are awesome because they would cut down on messes! The ice boats wouldn’t work for me because my yard doesn’t have enough of a slope. Drats! Which of these are you going to try first? Check out Mashable’s roundup of summer fun DIYs for grownups. Only one involves ice (unless you count the coolers) but all are awesome! Be sure to make this the best summer ever, for you and your kids.
‘Ladybug! Ladybug! Fly away home…’ No! don’t do that. Fly your cute little butts down to my garden. This cute ladybug craft is the best way golf balls can be repurposed. I never knew they could be used to decorate! Did you? Check out this DIY!
You will need some golf balls (those are always super easy to find), some sandpaper, some paint, and a brush or two. What could be simpler?! Use the sandpaper and get the gloss off the golf balls. After that it’s time to prime and paint. (Getting rid of the gloss will make sure the paint will stick.) After that it’s time to paint the face, wings, eyes, and little spots. How cute! Hooray. Check out all of these other ladybug crafts on Pinterest. They are adorable! The hand warmers are super practical and adorable and the footprints are beyond precious. I love them. All of them really.
I used to play marbles on the playground but I have never ‘cracked’ them for crafting purposes. I didn’t even know you could do that without breaking them but apparently everyone’s doing it. This is one type of peer pressure that I’m excited to get onboard with and you will be too after seeing this tutorial from Diply.
Who knew a bag or dollar store marbles could turn into an elegant (somewhat diamond looking) necklace. Gather up some clear (or colored) marbles, necklace cord, bead caps, eye pins, jump rings, a strong adhesive, needle nose pliers, a baking sheet, a bowl of ice, and an oven. I don’t know what a lot of those things are but I’m willing to find out and excited to try this DIY. Are you going to try this? You should! Another simple marble DIY is decorating a vase. Fun! Check out the video here.
I love Dana from Made Everyday. She has the best tutorials that show us how to make fun things out of ordinary everyday things (thus the name). This latest tutorial is all about turning string and glue into stunning lampshades, balls, and globes. They are lovely!
This looks really easy and I want to try it someday! It will take some hard work and two whole days to dry but still pretty easy. Christmas decorations? Yes! They can match any decoration scheme and they’re easy and affordable. I love the lampshade version. The decorative balls are nice but the shades are the best!
Here’s a tip from my personal experience…pull the string from the inside out. It will go much easier and faster. This is the perfect DIY for kids. You could use balloons if you are short on balls but they won’t give the perfect round shape. Looking for more string crafts? Apartment Therapy has some really fun ones. I didn’t know that there was such a thing as a string art trophy. Did you? So fun! Check them out here.
‘The tans will fade but the memories will last forever…’ Hooray for summer! Another thing that will last after the winter storms have set in is are these fun colorful vases. Their bright colors just scream summer!
You need some different sized vases, rubbing alcohol to get the surfaces clean, your favorite colors of enamel paint, some brushes, and one of those pottery wheel spinny things. And just like with pottery, you will need to bake your finished product to be sure that the paint stays. I think these would make wonderful drinking glasses. Is the paint non-toxic? I’m sure there is a brand that is somewhere…
There are so many craft projects out there for the kids. School’s out for the summer and everything seems geared toward the littles. Martha Stewart (God bless her) says no! It’s important that you have some adult fun and make something that doesn’t involve pipe cleaners or cotton balls every once in a while. She has some great ideas that you need to try!
Did you ever watch The Secret Garden as a kid? I loved that movie! I loved the mystery, the towering brick walls, and the wild English gardens. Anything could happen in a place like that. I don’t think many of us can reproduce a garden like the one in the movie but It really doesn’t take a whole lot to add some magic to an ordinary garden. Diply has a collection of 19 DIYs that will get you well on your way.
These DIYs use rocks, stones, and pebbles to add a fairy tale like quality to your garden and they are so clever. I love the rock strawberries. The stone labels and stone wall are both wonderful. I especially love the tic tac toe board!
Even though it’s not made of stone, I’d throw a fairy house in there for good measure. There’s nothing more whimsical than having your own precious yard fairy. Finding a place in your garden for fairies is a must. Anything really is possible with Sprites flitting about.
Happiness is cold watermelon on a hot day. Watermelon is the official, delicious, and refreshing fruit of summer. Don’t get me wrong, I adore peaches and plums are pretty perfect but watermelon has the market cornered. Everything watermelon is adorable. That definitely includes these DIY candles from Ann Le. They are precious!
These candles are an easy DIY that everyone can make. Literally everyone! You need some candle wicks, paper cups, candle wax, fragrance oils, and color pigments. You can use any smell but I think it would be a shame to choose anything but watermelon. The ones in the video are made with citronella to keep the bugs at bay but any will work. Everyone loves watermelons! Everyone from the little babes to the old timers. Check out this adorable little baby watermelon costume. Here’s one for the girls. Here’s one for the boys. And lastly, here’s one for the grownups. Now you have a costume idea for next Halloween.