Let’s be honest: the summer months are the best time to DIY. And when it comes to crafts, there’s no better place to start than with your yard. But what if we told you that even these simple projects could be made more enjoyable with a little bit of creativity? Well, they can! So grab a cocktail and get ready for some outdoor DIY summer projects.
Make a macramé hammock
The perfect way to lounge around the pool this summer, a hammock is an easy DIY project that you can make in just one weekend. It’s also a great gift idea for any of your friends who have backyard hangs or getaways planned. Here’s how to make one:
-3/8″ cotton rope (25-30 ft)
-3/8″ cotton twine (25 ft)
-2 large eye hooks (to hang from a tree branch)
-2 small eye hooks (to hold down ends of rope)
Fold the rope in half then tie a knot at the top using twine. Tie another knot about 4 inches below that one with twine. Connect both ends of the piece by wrapping them around each other twice before tying them off again with another piece of twine.
Divide the remaining three pieces into six sections by making two vertical cuts about 15 inches apart, then making two horizontal cuts about 12 inches apart.
Starting near the top right corner, cut downward at an approximately 45-degree angle until reaching the bottom left corner. Repeat the process on the opposite side but only go halfway through the material until enough room is left over. When folded over itself, it creates an opening wide enough for someone to sit comfortably inside their newly created chair!
Plant a strawberry jar
Everyone loves strawberries. Or at least frozen strawberry daiquiris. Planting a strawberry jar is one of the most popular DIY summer projects that has grown in popularity over the past few years. And for a good reason: it’s easy, fun, and gives you fresh fruit to eat all season long.
Strawberry jars are simple to make—all you need is a glass jar and some soil. The size of your jar will determine how many plants fit inside. Still, for smaller families or just one person looking for something new to do this summer, we suggest using 4-inch wide mason jars with removable lids (the kind used in canning). We’ve found these at local hardware stores or online retailers like Amazon if you’re looking for a good deal on an entire set! For larger households or families who eat lots of strawberries each year (or want to share), try 6-inch wide mason jars instead!
Once you plant the strawberries in their new homes, keep them indoors until they start growing shoots. This usually takes two weeks after planting, depending on temperature conditions. Afterward, it’s normal practice among gardeners everywhere: water daily unless rain falls; fertilize every other week with liquid fertilizer based on label directions (we recommend MiracleGro); watch closely so no signs appear indicating mold growth where rot could occur later down the road when harvesting begins–which happens about six months after initial planting times vary depending on climate zones across North America–and finally harvest when berries reach full size!
DIY a hanging chair
This is a great way to relax and enjoy the sun on a scorching day. You can hang your chair from a tree or set it up on your deck or patio. If you don’t have one, you can buy one at almost any hardware store for less than $50. To make this project easier, we recommend using a metal hammock designed for hanging outdoors (rather than an old bed frame).
First, cut two lengths of rope long enough to reach from where you plan to place your chair down over whatever branch or other structure will hold it in place (this could be another tree branch). Tie them together with one end around each part of the hammock frame. Then tie off each end again, so they form loops at each end; these will be used later.
Install an outdoor shower
Installing an outdoor shower is a great way to make your pool more accessible. You can install a handheld shower head or a faucet on your outdoor shower, making it easy to wash off sand and grit from the day before heading inside.
- Screw in the threaded end of your valve through the hole in your wall, pushing it until it’s flush with the surface of your wall. Make sure there’s no gap between the wall and valve so that water won’t leak out during use (you may need more washers).
- Once you’ve got everything in place, turn on the water supply at both ends of where you’re working.). This ensures there aren’t any leaks when you turn them back on later. Ensure that all connections are tight by applying Teflon tape around all threaded connections (like those for valves). Or use pipe joint compound instead if necessary!
Paint and hang cafe lights
To paint your cafe lights, use a ladder to reach the higher ones and a stepladder for the lower ones. Cover the lights with a cloth to protect them from getting paint on them. Depending on how detailed you want to get, you can spray your lights or brush them with paint. Use rollers instead of brushes or sprayers for large areas of coverage and ease of application.
DIYing is fun!
DIYing is fun! The process of learning new skills and being able to make something yourself is a great feeling. Not only that, but DIY summer projects can save you money in the long run. If you’re planning on repainting your car or house this summer, buying the paint will be cheaper than paying someone else to do it for you.
If you haven’t tried any DIY projects yet, this summer is a perfect time! You will learn new skills to help improve your home or save money in other areas. You can also have fun making your house feel like yours by decorating it with objects from around the house or making things like plants for outside.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these DIY summer projects. They’re great for keeping kids entertained, but they can be just as fun for adults!