Now that summer is in full effect (or winding down for those of you going back to school) the best way I find to fill time, and keep me from roasting alive outside is staying indoors recycling materials, making a mess, and doing some crafts! How I haven’t managed to accidentally glue my hands together, or accidentally cut my own hair amidst a furious bout of collage making (which has happened…) this summer is a miracle, but I thought I’d share a few of my favorite crafting ideas that can help keep you busy this summer as well! Unintentional Sia haircuts not guaranteed…
My all time favorite craft is collaging (also the computer is trying to tell me that “collaging isn’t a word right now, but please stick with me despite my total disregard for the English language). In high school I got super into it, so much so that I upgraded from glue sticks to Mod Podge, and had enough magazine subscriptions to open up my own stand. Another fun way to add personal flair to collages is with your own photos! I had some photos printed on cardstock through Parabo and the results were great, and make for excellent collage material!
- Remember at slumber parties when you would draw on t-shirts with silly names or inside jokes? And then your dad would wash it on the wrong cycle and the marker would wash out? Well, I can’t guarantee someone in your life isn’t going to throw your shirt in the wrong pile of clothes, but you can still draw on t-shirts for fun, and even cut them up into cool workout tanks! I’m making a t-shirt to wear for my Watermelon Dash 5k this weekend with just a Hanes T-shirt and some paint pens picked up from a Michael’s craft store! Finished product will be revealed next week!
- Not so much a “craft” but definitely in the DIY realm of things, make a mixtape! Remember those? Oh, you were born in 2000? Okay let me explain, but it’s basically a playlist, but on a tape, or a blank CD. Still with me? Okay, so just create a playlist on your computer, burn it to a CD, doodle said blank CD, and pop it in your car, or give it to a friend! Or go ultra old school and make an actual mixtape. Good luck trying to catch of your jamz on the radio in time. Many a mixtapes as a kid were made missing the first 30 seconds of a song, or with the last bit of a “Huffiiiiines has IT!” car commercial in between songs.
My planner is basically an extension of myself and without it I would go crazy (which is ridiculous for someone who goes out of their way to make sure they have zero plans at all times), but I love jazzing it up with washi tape and stickers! Coming up with monthly color schemes, or coordinating certain events with different colored markers also makes it feel more organized and aesthetically pleasing as well. If anything it definitely makes having a hyper Type A personality a lot more colorful!
- Not often can you mix crayons with blow dryers, but if you’ve got both materials, glue guns, and a poster board you can melt your way into a super fun art project! I feel like these were all the rage on Pinterest a few years ago, and my sister and I have made a few ourselves, but crayon melting art is a lot of fun, and very colorful! Play around with different color schemes, but be sure to wear clothes your don’t care about, or an apron, because you’re bound to get some melted crayon on you!
I made my very first flower crown at Shannon’s Girls Night Out party last month and it was so much fun, and surprisingly simple! Fake flowers, floral wire (and honestly if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative or working with kids, I imagine pipe cleaners could work as well), and some hot glue guns and you’re well on your way to being Lana Del Rey! Or at least a really low budget version of her.
- Color up a coffee cup with a plain white mug, some sharpies, and then popping it into the oven for a few minutes, and voila you’ve got a new favorite drink vessel (are you impressed with how many different ways I said cup in that sentence?)! Here’s a great Pinterest resource I found that walks you through it! I made one for Jake last year and it’s still holding up quite well!
- If you’re like me and already anticipating Fall, get ready for the season by taking empty wine bottles, and upgrading them with either paint pens, collages, or just keep ’em plain, and stick them in your boots to keep them upright and avoid those crinkles that happen your boots fold over and sit like that for months on end! You’ll thank me later come October. Plus it gives you another reason to drink.
If you can’t bring Fixer Upper to your own house, capture the farm house element on your own with some mason jars and paint! I’ve recycled mason jars with chalkboard paint, paint pens, Mod Podge, and all sorts of materials! So far I’ve dressed them up in my bathroom, pantry, and as gifts! This past weekend I used paint pens to color the outside of a jar, chalkboard paint on the lid (with “Happy Bday!” written in chalk on top), and filled the jar with candy to give to my Grandma as part of her birthday present! All of the candy melted, but at least my good intentions were recognized.
- Stop being a recycled books nightmare by dog earring your pages, and upgrade to a DIY bookmark! There’s so many routes you can take with this one, but it’s as simple as cut out cardboard, paint, and personalize! If you’re really looking to go crazy and creative, check out the ideas from this Pinterest source!
Share some of your craft ideas in the comments! I’m hoping to make some bookmarks of my own soon!
What’s your favorite DIY craft?