Summertime is a great season for all kinds of Do It Yourself projects around the house and garden. With a little know-how and a bit of creativity, you can create and perfect your home decor, get organized, and have some fun!
Around the House:
If you’re like me, and you retreat to the air conditioned indoors when the summer heat is at its peak, you can still bring a bit of summertime indoors, as well as taking the time to do some simple maintenance in your home. Check out these fun and simple DIY projects to brighten and freshen up your home for the warm summer months.
A Fresh Coat of Paint: Nothing brightens up a room more than a fresh coat of paint. And summer is a great time to tackle this project while it’s warm enough outside to open windows for proper ventilation. To help keep the feel of summer in your home year round, consider choosing a bright, sunny, or tropical color to brighten up living areas. Nicole at Making it Lovely has some great tips for prepping and painting. Pro tip: Choose a warm, dry day to speed up drying times. Check out your local Lowe’s for a great selection of paint and all the supplies you need and check out our Lowe’s coupons before you start your shopping.
Clean Filters & Vents: Summertime is a great time to clean the filters and vents in your home. In addition to improving air quality, this can help your air conditioning system work more efficiently and save you money. If you have reusable filters in your HVAC system, remember to check them regularly and replace them when they begin to look dirty or clogged. Reusable filters can be washed or cleaned to remove accumulated dust and debris. Then, follow these tips from Mrs. Clean to clean the vents and ducts in your home. Your lungs, and your A/C bill, will thank you!
Install Ceiling Fans: Want to avoid having to run the air conditioner every day? You might be surprised at just how much difference a ceiling fan can make. And they’re actually a lot easier to install than you might think. Check out this handy guide from dummies.com to see how easy it can be. Important: For safety, be sure you always turn off the power at the fuse box before starting any project involving wiring or electricity.
Summertime Room Sprays: The sense of smell is one of the most powerful (and often overlooked) ways to freshen up a room. With these handy DIY room sprays curated by MamaMillason at Simply Natural Mama, you can be whisked away to the tropics, impart a sense of calm throughout your home, or keep things fresh and bright. Tip: Match your scent to the time of day or mood of the room. Spray something invigorating and refreshing in the morning to energize, switch to soothing scents in the evening as things are winding down.
Summertime often means more time spent outdoors. If your backyard could use some help, check out these fun projects to freshen up your outdoor space.
DIY Potting Bench: So you’re ready to take your gardening to the next level? Organize your tools and give yourself a handy workspace with a potting bench! Believe it or not, with just a few tools and a little know-how, you can build your own. Jennifer Stimpson of This Old House will show you how. Tip: It’s even easier if you have the wood pre-cut at your favorite hardware store. And don’t forget to check out our Home Depot coupons before heading out to purchase supplies!
Pressure Wash: Outdoor areas that are beginning to look a bit grungy can often be revived with the use of a pressure washer. HGTV has a handy guide on pressure washing your driveway, but this can also be done on pathways, decks, stonework, and even siding. Money Saver: If you don’t have a pressure washer, no need to run out and buy one. Check your local hardware store for rental options.
Table Top Fire Bowl: If you’ve always wanted a fire pit in your yard, but don’t have the space or are looking for an alternative, check out these easy-to-make tabletop fire bowls! Kim at Today’s Creative Life shows us how to turn a simple flower pot and some other easy to find items into a fiery centerpiece for your next outdoor evening event. You’ll need a terracotta (or concrete) flower pot, Sterno clean burning gel, and some fire glass or pea gravel. You’ll find the Sterno at a camping supply store. Pro Tip: Get the food-safe Sterno gel if you want to be able to toast marshmallows over your fire bowl. And be sure to check out our REI coupons to save on all of your camping needs.
Fun Projects for the Kids:
Summertime for kids used to mean spending long hours outside, playing and exploring. These days, it often has been replaced by long hours playing video games and eating snacks. Check out these fun projects to get them off the couch and thinking creatively.
Build a Lemonade Stand: If you have a budding young entrepreneur in the family, why not start out with the classic lemonade stand business? Katrina Nichols from DIY for Life has rounded up 10 bright and cheery DIY stands to pick from, or get creative and design your own. And here’s a very helpful How-to article written by a young contributor to Howy that might be helpful for kids to figure out the details of running their own stand for the first time. Bonus: In addition to having fun and earning some extra cash for summertime activities, this is a great way for kids to learn about math, and gain some real-world business skills!
Make a Water Blob: If you want to have some summertime water fun, but don’t have a pool, what about giving a homemade “water blob” a try? A water blob is basically a giant plastic bubble filled with water. Think a giant, squishy water balloon the kids can jump and play on. And won’t cost you a fortune like many outdoor toys. All you need is plastic sheeting (painter’s plastic is a cheap and easy to find option), parchment paper, and your ironing board and iron. Leisha at HomemadeToast shows you how to DIY it. Tip: For extra fun, add some food coloring and/or glitter to the water as you fill your blob.
Water Gun Tie Dye: What could be more fun than painting with water guns? Cindy at Skip to my Lou has adapted a classic tie dye kit to make a fun summertime activity! All you’ll need are some plain white shirts, your favorite tie dye kit, and water guns of your choice. You can get all of your supplies at Michaels, and before you go, be sure to check out our Michaels coupons to score some sweet deals while you’re at it. Bonus: With no rubber bands to secure, this is an easy way to adapt tie dye projects to a large group like kids’ birthday parties or summer day camps.
Upcycling is a great way of reducing waste, by making old things new again, and creating fun DIY projects without breaking the bank. If you don’t happen to have these items around the house, check local yard sales and thrift stores.
Attract Backyard Birds: If you enjoy attracting songbirds to your garden, it might be a great time to make a birdhouse for your backyard paradise. But before you purchase one at your local garden store, you might just have everything you need laying around the house. Birds will nest in just about any sheltered space that suits them, so you can upcycle all kinds of household items to make a fun and funky birdhouse that’s perfect for your favorite feathered friends. Jody Korthaus of Living the Country Life gives us 10 ideas for upcycled bird houses. And don’t forget about bird feeders and bird baths too! Here are 25 fun ideas from architecture art design.
Create a Container Garden: If you’re looking to bring some more green into your life, there’s no need to go purchase a bunch of flowerpots and containers for growing. Just about anything that will hold a bit of dirt can be used for a container garden. Check out these fun ideas from DIY Network, then look around your home or head to your favorite thrift shop to create your own. Tip: For a cohesive look, group together several containers with a fun or unique theme.
Turn old hoses into a waterproof outdoor rug. This fun project from Ann at Our Garden Path Designs is a simple and inexpensive way to create a rug for any outdoor space. If you’ve got a few old, leaky hoses sitting around in the garage or shed, here’s a great way to make use of them. All you’ll need are several old hoses, and a package of zip ties. Tip: Use needle-nosed pliers to make the task easier on your hands.
You Can Make Just About Anything from a Pallet: If you spend any time at all on Pinterest or other DIY websites, you’ve likely seen at least a few ideas for items that can be made out of pallets. The folks at DesignRulz have curated 35 creative ideas for upcycling wooden pallets, and with everything from patio furniture, to porch swings, to vertical gardens, we think summertime is a great time to try some of these out! Pro Tip: If you’re not sure where to find a pallet, Rick at The Balance has you covered with five places to get free or low cost pallets.