Summer Crafts to Make That You Can Actually Use

by Tonya Staab

These summer crafts for mom to do are fun, affordable, and can be given as gifts. The best part is you can actually use them.

Summer crafts for mom

Make a kaftan

handmade lace kaftan
Handmade kaftan.

All you need is beginner sewing skills, a little fabric, and 30-minutes of time to make this easy handmade kaftan. It’s the perfect beach cover-up this summer and I made this one for under $20. All the details are over at Make and Takes.

Painted salad servers

watermelon and pineapple painted salad servers summer craft
Painted watermelon and pineapple salad servers.

Brighten up your summer parties with these painted watermelon and pineapple salad servers. They are so bright and colorful they’re bound to liven up your backyard barbecues all summer long. Mix-and-match, give them as gifts or keep them for yourself. I’m sharing all the details over at Lady and the Blog.

Paint mermaid shoes

hand-painted mermaid tail shoes
Hand-painted mermaid shoe summer craft

Do you have a pair of plain white shoes in your closet? Turn them into these fun mermaid shoes with our tutorial over at Make and Takes. This summer craft is perfect if you have stained shoes, or find some on clearance.

Paint a watermelon tote

A tote basket that's been painted to look like a watermelon
Hand-painted watermelon tote for summer.

I’m so ready for beach days, floating on the lake, and concerts and movies in the park. Most of all, turning off the alarm clock.

Over at Make and Takes I’m sharing a really fun tutorial to paint a watermelon tote that’s perfect for hauling your beach towels, picnic blanket, and essentials around this summer.

Summer nights napkins

handmade wine music and summer nights napkins
Wine, music, and summer nights napkins.

Heading to an outdoor concert in the park this summer? Take a look at these tips for what to take with you, including these semi-handmade wine napkins. Download and print our free printable summer wine transfer.

Popsicle holders

handmade oilcloth popsicle holders
Handmade oilcloth popsicle holders for summer.

Nobody wants cold, sticky, wet hands holding popsicles this summer. These aren’t just for kids, make them for adult popsicles too. Have you tried margarita popsicles yet? You really should!

Handmade utensil caddy

a DIY wood utensil caddy for outdoor dining
Handmade wood utensil caddy for backyard entertaining.

A handmade utensil caddy is a great way to add a little DIY to your backyard entertaining this summer. I have a tutorial to turn a wood caddy into a utensil caddy. You can also make turn cardboard bottle carriers into utensil caddies too.

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