With summer now upon us, you may be looking for fun activities to keep the kids in your life (or yourself) busy while on summer vacation. Whether you’re trying to entertain a group of kids or just an adult looking for a fun way to pass the time, there are plenty of fun summer craft ideas. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite summer arts and crafts ideas that everyone is sure to enjoy!

Summer Fruits Pencil Holders

These fun fruit-inspired pencil holders are a great summer activity for kids. To make your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Empty Tin Cans (one tin can makes one pencil holder)
  • Colored Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Pens (for decorating)

For more instructions and in-depth videos on how to make your own pencil holder, visit RedTedArt.com.

DIY Seed Bombs

DIY Seed Bombs are an easy summer craft for kids and adults! If you love flowers, planting, and gardening then this is a must-try art project. All you need to make your own seed bombs are:

  • Construction Paper
  • Silicone Molds
  • Seeds (make sure this is exactly what you want to plant!)

This project can be completed in 4 simple steps. For more details on how to make your DIY Seed Bombs, check out PennyPinchinMom.com.

Paint Birdhouses

Painting birdhouses is a classic art project that everyone has to do at least once in their lives. To paint your own birdhouse, all you need is a wood birdhouse and some paint. Both of these things should be relatively easy to find at your local craft store. The best part about this project is there are no instructions that need to be followed, all you have to do is paint!

4th of July Themed Crafts

If you are someone who really enjoys themed crafts, then now is the perfect time to make some 4th of July themed crafts! PrudentPennyPincher.com has a list of 50 Patriotic 4th of July Crafts for Adults that are a perfect way to help pass the time this summer. 

Tie Dye Shirts

Tie Dye Shirts are a classic summer activity for just about anyone. If you’re unfamiliar with what you’ll need to tie dye and how to do it, then check out this guide for How to Tie Dye Shirts with Kids. Kids of all ages are sure to love tie dying, including preschoolers and toddlers.

Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder

If you’re looking for more craft ideas for kids this summer, consider having them make popsicle stick bird feeders! To make your own bird feeders, you’ll need: 

  • Jumbo Colored Craft Sticks
  • Hot Glue Gun or Wood Glue
  • Twine
  • Bird Seed

For a full list of instructions, check out this guide from MadeWithHappy.com

Friendship Bracelets

Friendship bracelets are a classic summer camp craft. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to make your own friendship bracelets at home! If you’re looking for something to occupy your time on a rainy day, here’s a list of 14 Cool & Simple Friendship Bracelet Patterns with instructions.

Ice Cream in a Bag

Looking for a fun DIY that includes a sweet treat? Consider trying your hand at Ice Cream in a Bag! 


  • 1 Half Gallon of Whole Milk
  • 1.5 Quart Cartons of Half and Half
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Ice Cream Salt or Kosher Salt
  • Gallon Sized Ziploc Baggies
  • Quart or Sandwich Sized Ziploc Baggies

For a detailed list of instructions, check out KTeacherTiff.com.

Happy Crafting!

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