8 summer DIYs to welcome warm weather and boost creativity

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The warmer months are coming and that means you can expect more than a few lazy beach days. Hot weather can boost your mood, and so can crafting according to scientific studies. This summer, find your arts and crafts rhythm with DIY projects!

Prepare to be inspired by flowers, watermelons and beaches, the quintessential symbols of summer. Are you going to recycle palettes or revisit the historical photographic process called cyanotypes? Read on for a curated list of happy crafts to try this summer.

Scroll down for summer arts and crafts inspiration – get those creative juices flowing as the weather warms up.

Salt dough starfish garland

Starfish lying on the beach

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As a child, did you find dried starfish while rummaging along the beach? Imitate this nautical classic with salt dough for a surprisingly realistic “starfish” garland. These simple instructions from Desperate Craftwives use natural ingredients found in your kitchen to create a long-lasting beach decor.

Floral cyanotypes to frame

Solar Printing Cyanotype Kit

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Cyanotypes are a historical photographic process. You can purchase fabric or pre-treated paper to create your own beautiful Prussian Blue artwork. often called sun prints, the simple process is to choose plants of interest and place them on the sensitized surface. After exposure to the sun, a simple rinse completes the chemical process. For more inspiration and more information, including DIY kits, read more about cyanotypes on My Modern Met.

70s retro crochet tank top

1970s retro crochet tank top

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With some basic crochet skills, you can skip the trendy stores and create your own retro 1970s knit tank top. Try a free pattern from For the Frills. There’s also this fun, fringed version of Hooked on Homemade Happiness. For an extra retro outfit, you can purchase a vintage pattern download and crochet your own summer playsuit.

Pressed flower frames and phone cases

Art and crafts of pressed flowers

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The happiest harbinger of warmer days is the blooming of flowers. Gather wildflowers or buds from your garden and easily create pressed flowers. In its simplest form, you just place a flower between paper and press it under heavy books until it’s dry. There are myriad uses for pressed flowers. You can cleverly arrange them between the panes of a glass frame for an elegant “garden”. To create a pressed flower phone case, head over to Capture by Lucy for step-by-step instructions.

Paint by numbers Outside

paint by number kit

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Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted outside (out). A simple way to get back to nature is to take a paint-by-numbers outdoors. Sets for children and adults can be found at Blick. You can also take your painting to the next level with this pre-marked canvas from the house of the charming movie AT THE TOP.

Recycled Pallet Rack

DIY pallet planter stand

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Pallet DIYs are all the rage. The ubiquitous wooden pallet can be easily transformed into a variety of useful creations. With paint, nails and tin cans, the adorable planter system above can be created. For an indoor pallet DIY, The Woodgrain Cottage has a set of instructions for making your own reclaimed wood and silver coat rack. Find decorative silver spoons at your local thrift store or at estate sales.

Fruity and Festive Stamped Tea Towels

Stamped Fruit Tea Towels DIY Crafts for Summer

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Joann Fabrics offers instructions to guide you in making stamped tea towels. Fruity and flowery, they are perfect as a kitchen or barbecue accessory. You will need flour sack towels and fabric paint, as well as other craft supplies.

watermelon pinwheel

Whether you’re making this craft with your kids or using them as cute additions to flower pots, these watermelon pinwheels are easy and summery. Kids Craft Room has a helpful video that anyone can follow.

Wherever your summer crafting takes you, may it be warm months full of arts, crafts, and DIY joy!

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