Adding pops of cheerful color or breezy textures like macrame and rattan to your decor can instantly capture the bright and airy feeling of summer. But because it's also hot and the days are sometimes lazy, none of the DIY summer room decor projects on this list will make you sweat—or require you to break out the serious tools.
Whether you're swapping out throw pillows, changing up your art, or adding some small details like a picture frame or a paper flower garland, these DIY decor ideas for summer will put you in a sunny mood every time you look at them (so much so that you may want to leave them up all year).
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A Rainbow Wall Hanging
Add texture and bright summery colors to your space with this wall hanging from Studio DIY that doesn't require weaving, sewing, or glue. It's fun to experiment with different colors and types of yarn for a cheerful piece that warms up your walls.
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A Neon Tube Vase
Made from bright acrylic tubing secured to a wood base, this bud vase from A Kalio Chic Life can be left as-is or painted a bold color. This looks amazing whether it's filled with bright or white flowers, and it brings an on-trend neon element to any room in an unexpected way.
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A DIY Planter
Your plants will look even more beautiful with a DIY geometric planter made using twine and balsa wood scraps. These look airy and effortless thanks to the beachy twine and light wood.
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A Basket Pendant Light
Chic rattan pendants and lampshades are popular right now, but they can be expensive. This beautiful DIY basket pendant light from Sugar & Cloth is made using an actual basket that you can find at a craft or thrift store, adding a relaxed touch to your space.Continue to 5 of 14 below.
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DIY Marbled Paper Art
Who knew an affordable sheet of wrapping paper (this piece was just $6!) framed in gold could look so beautiful and bespoke? The marbled paper in this DIY from The Decor Fix lends an abstract touch against the more traditional frame, and the soft colors offset by the gilded frame are lovely for summer.
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A DIY Macrame Table Runner
Make a summer tablescape with this DIY macrame table runner from A Beautiful Mess. The knotting technique is actually pretty simple once you get the hang of it, and this adds a cool retro vibe that looks like it must be store-bought.
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DIY Summer Flower Garland
This gorgeous flower garland from The House that Lars Built is made from paper so the blooms will last all summer long. Drape it over a mantel or doorframe, or just let it hang delicately on the wall for a seasonal addition you can swap out when the weather gets cooler.
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Painted Glass Bottles
Give those old glass bottles a whole new look by adding some paint, like in this easy DIY from Craftify My Love. This inviting blue hue will warm up your space, though you can use whatever color you like, or even a matte white for a milk glass style. These look gorgeous against the bright pinks and oranges of summer flowers.Continue to 9 of 14 below.
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Pom Pom Pillow
This DIY pom-pom pillow is modern and whimsical, with a bright white color palette and linen fabric that work well for summer. This DIY from Almost Makes Perfect is no-sew too, so it's very easy to make.
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A Leather & Wood Towel Shelf
This gorgeous holder from The Merrythought makes towels part of your decor. It would look equally as cool holding bright pool towels as it does with these fluffy white ones, and the shelf on top adds a bit of functional storage that is perfect for displaying summer flowers.
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DIY Watermelon Mason Jars
A summer cocktail will taste that much sweeter when served in a mason jar painted to look like a watermelon. Spray paint in bright, fruity colors is the best way to leave a streak-free finish.
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Terrazzo Candle Holders
With their soft colors and playful shapes, these terrazzo candle holders from A Kailo Chic Life make a beautiful and playful piece of summer decor. Candle molds can actually be repurposed to make the molds for the holders, and the terrazzo flakes are made of colored concrete.Continue to 13 of 14 below.
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Cardboard Collage Picture Frames
These sweet frames from Almost Makes Perfect are cleverly designed so an Instax photo can be swapped in and out. They're also a great way to try out on-trend squiggle and arch decor without committing in a big way.
DIY Cardboard Collage Picture Frames by Almost Makes Perfect
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DIY Vintage Book Clock
If you have an old hardcover book in a beautiful color that's unlikely to get read, you can turn it into a gorgeous DIY clock that looks like it came straight from a cool vintage store. Follow this tutorial from One CrafDIY Girl or find affordable clock kits that include the hands and battery on Amazon or in many craft stores.