Looking for creative DIY summer projects? Here are 15 projects–one for every summer weekend to make this summer even more creative.

Remember when I wanted an obelisk for my Dipladenias and remembered I was on a spending freeze?


What’s a girl to do when her heart is yearning for English garden accessories and all she has is spare change?

Find a set of embroidery hoops at the bottom of the craft closet and some wood strips from the wood shop and DIY obelisks for her planters. There’s nothing better than a budget-friendly DIY.

Raise your hand if you love summer (those comments yesterday made my heart sing).

Raise your hand if you love DIYs.

Raise your hand if you have a free weekend.

Oh, good.

I have the post for you.

Here’s this obelisk project and 14 other projects from some of my incredibly creative friends so you have a project every weekend.

Looks like this summer just got busier. 🙂

15 Creative DIY Summer Projects

1. DIY Embroidery Hoop Obelisk

Here’s where I started with these embroidery hoops.

And here’s the finished obelisk.

It’s actually so much easier than it looks and here’s a video from a couple of years ago that shows exactly how I made it.

And here’s the step-by-step DIY.

2. DIY Aged Terracotta Pots

Want to make your terra cotta pots look like they’ve been around for centuries?

Try aging them with fertilizer, yogurt, or salt. These three methods offer a unique and easy way to achieve an aged look.

See the project here.

3. Easy Patriotic Themed Wreath

Looking for a fun and easy summer wreath idea? All you need is a few simple things to make this unique wreath to coordinate with your lake-themed summer decor.

Perfect for summer and the Fourth.

Here’s how to make a DIY Patriotic Wreath.

4. No-sew Patriotic Pillow Cover

Isn’t this the cutest pillow cover?

And the best part?

It’s totally no-sew.

See all the instructions here.

5. Paper Mache Bowl Centerpiece

This is an inexpensive version of a high-end centerpiece.

Just like my embroidery hoop obelisk—it’s a budget-friendly option.

You can see how to make the paper mache bowl here.

6. DIY Painted Checkerboard Floor

This is the prettiest painted floor.

And what makes it even prettier? It’s the floor of a greenhouse.

See the entire DIY here.

7. DIY Outdoor Shower Curtain

Here’s a fun DIY for summer that’s pretty and plaid.

Make your own DIY outdoor shower curtain.

See the instructions here.

8. DIY Summer Door Basket

A hanging summer door basket is a great alternative from the usual wreath.

I have one of these on my front door and I get asked about it all the time.

Here are 5 easy steps to make your own door basket for summer.

9. License Plate Hat Rack

These are old vanity Maine license plates.

If you have vintage plates like this, here’s a creative idea.

Turn them into a hat rack.

See the instructions here.

10. DIY Summer Mermaid Wreath

Do you have a basic grapevine wreath like this?

Want to get it ready for summer? All you need is a mermaid and a little coastal style.

See the entire wreath DIY here.

11. Fourth of July Flower Pot

Are you all about the 4th of July?

If you want an easy holiday decor project, here’s a simple patriotic flower pot you can create yourself from this metal container.

See the DIY here.

12. DIY Mosquito Repellant Garden

Do you love summer nights outdoors but don’t love the bug bites that come with it? There’s a way to keep the bugs at bay by keeping certain plants nearby.

Learn how to plant a mosquito-repellent garden in 7 easy steps.

See the how-to here.

13. Blue and White Outdoor Table

Need ideas for setting an outdoor summer table?

This summer tablescape with blues and terracotta is a casual and classic combination.

See how to create the tablescape here.

14. Outdoor Firepit Cover

Looking for a way to protect your firepit from the elements?

Here’s an easy DIY firepit tabletop cover. You can make this with just a few simple materials for about $25.

See the DIY here.

15. DIY Rainbarrel On a Budget

Conserve water for your garden and add curb appeal to your outdoor living spaces.

This easy step-by-step tutorial to build a DIY water barrel is a perfect summer project.

See the DIY here.

See what I mean?

So many creative projects—a DIY rain barrel, a mosquito repellant garden, a checkboard floor and an obelisk from an embroidery hoop.

Summer has never looked more creative. 🙂

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  1. Image for Wendy McMonigle Wendy McMonigle

    What a great round up of projects. I can't wait to try your garden obelisk. I tried to comment on the obelisk blog post and it says comments are closed. Always a pleasure to hop with you.

  2. Image for Jen Jen

    So many fun ideas for the summer! I think I need more weekends to get them all done!🤣 And I love your garden obelisk. I would have never guessed you used embroidery hoops. So smart and it turned out beautifully!

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