16 DIYs for the Most Awesome Summer Ever

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    Floating Pool Tray

    Floating pool tray
    The Merrythought

    Summer instantly puts everyone in a good mood. Warm sunshine, visits to the beach, longer days spent outdoors—what's not to love? Make your summer one to remember this year by crafting one of these DIY projects. From pool floaties to picnic blankets, you'll surely find something to make for the best summer ever! You can start with this floating pool tray.

    DIY Floating Pool Tray from The Merrythought

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    Summer Cocktail Umbrellas

    Cocktails with umbrellas
    Sugar and Cloth

    Nothing says summer like sipping tropical drinks with a cocktail umbrella on the patio or by the water. It is very easy to make summer cocktail umbrellas with this printable striped umbrella template which you can glue on plastic drink stirrers and place into your drink to make it look extra fancy. For an extra-tropical look to your summer drinks consider using these DIY summer cocktail umbrellas in a tiki or coconut shell glass.

    DIY Summer Cocktail Umbrellas​ from Sugar and Cloth

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    Vitamin Sea Tote

    Vitamin Sea Tote
    Minted Strawberry

    While you are exploring a town on the coast as part of your weekend road trip or walking to a nearby beach keep all your summer travel essentials, such as sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks and whatever else you might need in this chic DIY foil vitamin sea tote bag.

    DIY Vitamin Sea Tote​ from Minted Strawberry

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    Color Fight Powder

    Woman covered in colored powder
    Lovely Indeed

    The reason why powder color races, where people run and have multi-colored powder thrown at them, are so popular is that the photos from these races are amazing. Not wanting to run a color race this summer? You can get the same look in photographs with this easy DIY to make various powder colors that you can throw at your friends for a hilarious color fight that you can do outdoors and capture on Instagram.

    DIY Color Fight Powder from Lovely Indeed

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    Tropical Drink Pinata

    Tropical Drink Pinata
    Studio DIY

    For your next backyard BBQ make a giant tropical drink pinata to decorate your patio and impress your guests. This amazing pinata will be a hit at your party as everyone can take a swing blindfolded to attempt to break the pinata open for the prizes inside. 

    DIY Tropical Drink Pinata​ from Studio DIY

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    Outdoor Bowling Game

    Woman playing outdoor bowling
    Polka Dot Chair

    Help your kids stay entertained while they are at home over summer vacation by making an outdoor bowling game for them to play with by using pool noodles for the bumpers, a yoga mat for the lane, and some empty soda bottles for the bowling pins.

    DIY Outdoor Bowling Game​ from Polka Dot Chair

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    Ice Cream Cart

    Ice Cream Cart
    Damask Love

    Young children will adore this ice cream cart that you can build for them to play with which is better than many store-bought toys. The ice cream stand, toy popsicles, ice cream cones and ice cream sandwiches in this amazing interactive toy set can be made using a Cricut with the provided templates and will provide hours of entertainment for children.

    DIY Ice Cream Cart  from Damask Love

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    Scalloped Beach Hat

    Scalloped Beach Hat
    Sarah Hearts

    Help protect yourself from the sun's rays and keep yourself cool by wearing this stylish gold scalloped beach hat that you can make by decorating a regular floppy beach hat.  Not only is painting a custom hat a fun activity but the beautiful design will look good while lounging at the beach or pool. 

    DIY Scalloped Beach Hat  from Sarah Hearts

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    Ice Cream Cone Stand

    Ice cream cones in stand
    The Merrythought

    Hold several ice cream cones in this modern wood stand that you can DIY which is the perfect way to carry serval ice cream cones outdoors for your entire family to eat in your backyard. This ice cream cone stand would also be a hit at backyard BBQ parties, where you can leave several stands of ice cream cones on a patio table for guests to grab for dessert.

    DIY Ice Cream Cone Stand​ from The Merrythought

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    Modern Cooler

    Cooler with wood lid
    Almost Makes Perfect

    Give a fresh new look to your old cooler with paint and wood vinyl to craft a modern cooler tonight that is perfect to use at picnics or weekend camping trips this summer.

    DIY Modern Cooler​ from Almost Makes Perfect

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    Giant Backyard Dominoes

    Giant Backyard Dominoes
    So You Think You're Crafty

    Spend this weekend playing a giant game of dominoes outdoors with the family by making your game set using pine boards that are stained and painted to create domino pieces. The completed game set is the perfect way to keep the family entertained while in the backyard or would be a hit at picnics in the park too.

    DIY Giant Backyard Dominoes from So You Think You're Crafty

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    Custom Pool Inflatables

    Pool inflatables
    A Subtle Revelry

    Awesome pool inflatables are super trendy this summer and chances are you have seen many popular celebrities posting pictures of themselves floating in the pool on their amazing pool inflatable on Instagram or Snapchat. Instead of buying one of the expensive pool inflatables such as the unicorn, swan or donut you can make a custom one instead by decorating an inexpensive pool raft or ring with sticker letters.

    DIY Custom Pool Inflatables​ from A Subtle Revelry

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    Picnic Blanket

    Picnic blanket
    Stephanie White

    Relax in the sun while laying down on this outstanding picnic blanket. This DIY is easy and no-sew! So grab a book, a drink and a basket full of goodies and head to the nearest park with your friends.

    DIY Picnic Blanket from The Spruce

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    Beach Please Towel

    Beach Please towel
    Studio DIY

    Quickly find your beach towel when you are on the beach or pool by making a custom beach towel by using bleach on a brightly colored towel to stencil on a custom phrase. When done your incredible new beach towel will be the perfect spot to lay in the sun while you dry off after swimming, and the unique design not only will help you find your towel but showcase your original style too.

    DIY Beach Please Towel​ from Studio DIY

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    Fringe Photos

    Fringe Photos
    Homey Oh My

    Decorate a room in your home with photos from all the exciting things you did throughout the summer such as backyard BBQs, festivals, and concerts by decorating the printed photographs with a decorative festival-inspired fringe detailing. Adding fringe to your photos is a nice relaxing craft that is a great way to unwind on a summer evening after work. At the end of the summer, you can assemble all the fringe photos in a short garland that is perfect to hang by your desk or living room and will remind you for the rest of the year all the fun experiences you had.

    DIY Fringe Photos​ from Homey Oh My

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    Best Summer Ever Drink Koozie

    Best Summer Ever Drink Koozie
    Dream a Little Bigger

    Hosting a big family reunion or backyard party this summer? If so these handmade best summer ever drink koozies would make for the perfect party favor that you can give to all the guests so that they can keep their drinks cool all summer. This quick DIY project can be made by applying a vinyl sticker that you can make using a Silhouette onto a blank foam drink koozie.

    DIY Best Summer Ever Drink Koozie​ from Dream a Little Bigger