Lots of Fun and Easy Summer Crafts for Everyone

The long and hot school summer holidays will soon be here. Here's a great resource page full of lots of fun and easy summertime crafts for kids and adults to enjoy.

Help keep kids happy at home with fun and popular activities including bead crafts, paper crafts, the hot rubber loom band craze and loads more. 

There are plenty of easy tutorials with things to make for older children, teens, adults and even parents and grandparents too. Something to keep the whole family happy and occupied!

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Lots of Fun and Easy Summer Crafts for Kids and Adults to Make: Tutorials for Everyone to Enjoy

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Many of the crafts have a summery theme from butterflies and bugs, sweet treats, juicy fruits, beach and flip flops, parties and flowers. So you can enjoy browsing the whole page to get some ideas on what to try or you can jump straight into a section of interest. This should keep the whole family busy crafting and having fun.

1) Keep Kids Happy With Hot Rainbow Loom Band Crafts

If you're entertaining school-age children this summer (whether it is your own kids, grand-kids, children for a party or activity session) one thing that is likely to be a huge hit is doing a rubber band craft.

Thankfully this is a relatively inexpensive activity to keep children amused. You can get the rubber loom bands really cheaply online and many children are happy to make designs using their fingers.

Otherwise there are lots of loom kits and brands. The one I'm most happy to recommend for beginners (since we've had great luck with it ourselves) is the Monster Tail Rainbow loom.

Beaded Rainbow Loom rubber band bracelet designs using beads and bands

➡️ See How to Make This Easy and Sweet Beaded Loom Band Bracelet Craft

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A very cute project once you've got the basics under your belt is to combine beads along with the bands to create really pretty pieces of wearable jewelry. With this technique, you can make bracelets, hairbands, belts, keychains, rings and anklets.

We love to combine our Perler beads (since we have so many) along with the Rainbow Loom bands but you can also use pony beads and other beads with wide enough holes for the bands to squeeze through.

I know from my experience that my daughter and her friends have gone crazy mad over these things and she's always talking to me about different designs and can we learn how to do this one Mommy!

☀️ More Rainbow Loom Band Craft Projects

Beginner Pattern on the Monster Tail Rainbow Loom

The Monster Tail is the small and easy to use mini loom designed by the makers of the Rainbow Loom. If you have no or little experience with this fun craft yet, here's a great beginner tutorial to make a bracelet or ring using an alternating color design.

Fishtail Patterns for the Monster Tail Loom

Some of my very favorite designs for the Monster Tail loom are based around different versions of the beautiful fishtail style pattern. This elegant herringbone design of V shapes looks complicated but is easy to create once you know how.

Maleficent Loom Bands Charm Bracelet Tutorial

Love the Maleficent Disney movie with Angelina Jolie as the good fairy turned bad? Now you can combine two hugely popular kid's crafts to make a Rainbow Loom rubber band bracelet along with a dangling fused Perler bead charm based on the evil Queen herself.

Monster Tail Rainbow Loom

If you don't already have a rubber bands loom, the small Monster Tail is a great one to get. This kit comes with everything that is needed including plenty of bands for kids to use. Since it is small, it's also very ideal to take on vacation too.

Rubber Band Loom Kits and Supplies

10,000pc Quality Rainbow Rubber Bands Refill Set by Daskid - Includes: Loom Band Organizer + Over 9000 Premium Loom Bands in 28 Different Colors, + 500 S Clips, + 18 Charms and 150 Beads.Rainbow Loom Finger Loom Party PackRainbow Loom Alpha Loom Pixel Art ToyTotally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry: Make Bracelets, Rings, Belts & More with Rainbow Loom(R), Cra-Z-Loom(TM), or FunLoom(TM)

Make sure that you stock up for the long summer days! If you are entertaining school-age children during the summer holidays, you can bet that they will at least have heard of Rainbow Loom rubber band crafts.

Kids may also be already actively making bracelets, necklaces, keychains, cords and other items with this hot craze. My own daughter picked this up from school and then ended up getting me addicted to it too as we worked on patterns and projects together.

2) Juicy Summer Fruit Themed Perler Bead Tutorials

Pink cherries summer fruit bead craft embellishment with pink spotty dots ribbon

➡️ See How to Make Some Fruity Little Cherry Embellishments

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We eat lots of fruit in this season and cherries are a firm favorite. You can combine an easy fused Perler bead pattern to make pink or red cherries. Tie a couple together with some cute patterned ribbon to make a quick and easy embellishment that can then be sewn onto a handmade card.

Life is like a bowl of cherries - just thinking up a suitable sentiment there for a card. Sew them onto a hat, a bag or even onto a small pillow or cushion as a cute accessory which is what I keep meaning to do.

I really enjoy it more than ever when I use more than one craft technique together that way. This pattern can be made by older kids or adults - it's an easy pattern but a little fiddly since it is small.

You really need at least two finished cherry pieces to work together and it makes it easier if you have more than one Perler bead circle pegboard to use for this technique.

You can use a small or large pegboard. Only having one board would mean having a grown up ironing one cherry pattern to finish it before being able to make the next one.

Crochet Some Plump Strawberries for Cute Embellishments

My 40th was the year that I finally taught myself to crochet. Now I regret all the years I missed out on not doing this wonderful yarn craft.

You can make so many cool things from pincushions, throw pillows, blankets, afghan throws, toys, clothes, motifs, 3d designs and more. You're really only limited by your imagination. Just a hook and some yarn and you're well on the way.

Red pink summer strawberries fruit crochet design stuffed amigurumi

➡️ Learn How to Make These Crochet Strawberries

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This crochet strawberry design was one of the first that I made up. It's not exactly original in concept since there are already a lot of different designs and patterns out there based on this popular fruit. But this one is how I made mine.

Strawberries look very cute as motifs for baby hats, pillows, bags, purses, as pretend play food for kids and as I used it to make a little hanging banner as wall decor.

They are quick, cute and fairly easy to make. The pattern is a good introduction to amigurumi and toy making if you've never tried that yet with crochet.

☀️ More Fruity Projects and Patterns

Watermelon Perler Beads Tutorial

Get a real cool slice of summer already by creating some fun fused bead watermelon designs and patterns. There can be nothing more refreshing on a hot day than biting into this soft and juicy red fruit flesh. See how to make some cool watermelon designs.

How To Make A Watermelon Card Or Invitation For Summer Parties

Come and see how to make a watermelon card or invitation for some crafty summer fun. For my family, summertime often means lazy days filled with good times that are shared with friends and loved ones, while savoring the abundant bounty of fresh fruits.

Make Some Cool Perler Bead Fruit Slices

An easy and fun craft tutorial on how to make Perler bead citrus fruit slices. You can use these for drink decorations as well as mini coasters. Fruit slices are easy and fun to make with fused Hama or Perler beads and a great summer craft to enjoy.

How To Make Natural Citrus Fruit Candles

I was so delighted when a friend showed me how to make an all natural citrus fruit candle using only a fresh piece of fruit and a little olive oil. They are so simple to make, cost very little and only use natural organic ingredients.

Sunny Fused Perler Bead Kits

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Perler beads are not just for children, there are plenty of adults who love used this fun fused beads too, but they a very good choice for getting kids to sit down and concentrate on something for a while. These regular ones are normally fine for school aged children and above.

I advise putting everything on a rimmed tray so that if any beads are knocked over (these are small) then they are contained in the tray. Patterns can be made with the shaped peg boards either just by adding on random colors or by finding patterns online.

There are lots of pattern projects referenced on this page. Kits often help to keep kids occupied for a while.

Perler Beads Sunny Days Activity Bucket

The themed sunny days activity kit is ideal for summer and has everything needed to get started with 3 different shaped pegboards, beads and the special ironing paper too that an adult needs to iron over the patterns to melt or fuse them together.

Perler Fused Bead Tray Stripes 'n Pearls

This contains beads only so you already need to have some boards and ironing paper handy. But I love this set as it contains very cute pearly and striped beads which are more unusual if you're already used to just using plain ones.

3) Flip Flop and Beach Theme Summer Crafts

The Totally Tropical Flip Flop Welcome Door Hanger Template and Tutorial

➡️ Make a Flip Flop Door Decoration: Add in a Splash of Tropical Fun to Your Home

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Flip flops are my favorite type of sandal to slip my feet into during the warmer weather. And they're a favorite for many other people too.

Give a bedroom door, dorm door or front door a bit of a tropical beach makeover with this hanging flip flop door decoration. You can put your name on it, room or house number or a nice greeting phrase like Hola or Welcome.

This is an easy craft which was made with craft foam, cardstock, paper, cord and embellishments. This could easily be an adult and child project to work on together if the adult makes up the basic shoe design and lets the child go crazy with decorating it. Girls and boys could make these for their own bedroom and stick their name on using letter stickers.

Just to make it even easier, there is a free printable template included that you can use. Or if you are good at drawing, you can use the idea as inspiration and make your own design with your own flip flop shape. Tip: you can of course draw around a clean flip flop.

Cricut Beach Cartridge

If you have the very popular Cricut cutting machine, you can enjoy plenty of paper craft projects on a beachy theme. This Cricut beach cartridge is packed full of motifs, words and alphabet for cutting items for your handmade cards and scrapbook layouts. Loads of options to explore.

Make Some Fun Perler Bead Flip Flops

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➡️ See How to Make These Cute Beaded Embellishments Now

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Yes, I'm mad on perler beads in case no one had noticed. I designed these tiny flip flop sandals which are made using the fused beads in two different ways with the beads being strung onto thin cord to create the beaded straps.

Use this mini flip flop craft and sandals as 3D embellishments, to hang on keychains, as themed party favors, bag and purse décor or something else.

☀️ More Beach and Seaside Themed Ideas

Make a Beach Hut Hanging with Popsicle Sticks

A fun craft for kids and adults is to make this hanging wall or door decoration in the shape of a summer beach hut. You need some bright color popsicle sticks and a small amount of fabric to make this fun design stuck together with glue.

Shell Wreath Ideas And Tips

If you love shell crafts as I do, then get ready to create some fun shell craft for your home or next party. These are easy to craft for your wedding if you're in a beach theme . They would look great on the doors of your wedding or party venue.

How to Make Fondant Seashells

These sweet seashells are easy to make and make great cake decorations. With simple tools and a little creativity you can make realistic looking shells from fondant or gum paste. They are tasty and can be made and dried for storage weeks ahead of when you need them.

How to Make a Flip Flop Card with Template

See how to make a fun shaped handmade greeting card which is ideal for summer birthdays and celebrations with its footwear and vacation theme of flip flops. The tutorial shows you how to create a card which has an optional stand you can use to make.

DIY Button Flip Flops

I am crazy about flip flops! I just can't imagine a summer without them and as summer is closing in fast it's time to get a bunch of flip flops (the cheap ones) and give them a makeover. My first project is a pair of colorful button flip flops to create.

4) Bugs and Butterflies Make for Beautiful Summer Crafting

Best Butterfly Crafts for Adult Crafters to Enjoy

➡️ Visit These 10 Best Butterfly Crafts to Make for Adults

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Butterflies are a popular theme for warmer months of the year and I enjoy making a lot of butterfly crafts myself, so I put together a set of 10 great crafts that use this beautiful winged insect as the source of inspiration.

You will see how to make some beautiful glitter paper butterflies and many other favorites right from that page. This is one of my personal best themes that I love to work on in the warmer months.

☀️ More Butterfly and Bug Crafts to Enjoy

How to Make Gorgeous Glitter Paper Butterflies

You can buy all kinds of pretty embellishments to adorn your handmade cards and craft projects but most of the time, I prefer to make my own. That's because, embellishments like butterflies are fun to make and very inexpensive too.

How to Make Butterfly Bug Wands

Are you looking for a good project for the little ones that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, is fun, easy enough to pull off, yet hard enough to keep them interested? What if it resulted in something they will love playing with? It is possible.

Butterfly Coloring Pages

Butterfly coloring pages are favorites of children and adults who love nature. I adore butterflies; I photograph moths and butterflies that visit the flowers in my garden. I've photographed hundreds of insects, animals and birds in our garden.

5) Create Cute Cupcakes and Sweet Treat Crafts

Cupcake shaped handmade cards are always a lot of fun to make pink and cream cupcakes handmade card

➡️ See How to Make This Cute Cupcake Shaped Card

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This cupcake shaped card is the exact same design I have used over and over for years of card making. I love this design so much that I just don't tire of making it in different color combinations and with different embellishments on top.

Cupcakes are a theme I really enjoy year round but especially for summer birthdays. Everyone loves a cupcake, right! You can enjoy this fat-free but tempting version which comes with a handy printable template to make it nice and easy for you.

What is your cupcake flavor going to be? Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mint chocolate, chocolate orange or something else. This is a fun project for people young and old to enjoy.

Make an Ice Cold Popsicle Card

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➡️ See How to Make a Popsicle Card Here

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A refreshingly cool paper craft for summertime! Fun shaped card projects are handmade items that adults and children can enjoy making together or making independently.

All the basics you need are cardstock, paper and scissors. What better way to celebrate the summertime than with a cool ice lolly popsicle card.

There is a free pattern template that you can print off to use to make this shaped card or you can come up with your very own shaped card creation based on an iced treat. This one uses a popsicle stick to look like the real thing and makes a neat surprise for the person who receives it.

6) Summer Party and Celebration Crafts

Bright Summer Crochet Pennant Banner Bunting Ideal for Parties

➡️ How to Make Crochet Pennant Banner Party Bunting

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Crochet! I've gone a bit crochet mad ever since I discovered how easy it was to do and just how many more things I can make with this cool yarn craft. Bunting and banners are great. I love how you can instantly breathe some fun and life into a plain room with some bright and cheerful wall decorations.

For my daughter's birthday this year, I used crochet and other yarn crafts to make some colorful and cute wall decor and hangings. I made a pretty long blog post packed with pictures and showing what I'd done along with links to patterns and tutorials too.

Party Perler Bead Patterns: A Couple of Easy Pattern Projects for Kids and Adults

Putting crafts to more practical uses is something I relish. It's not just about making 'pretty' things but about making useful items and things that serve a purpose too. Last year I had a brain wave when wondering what to do about party favors for all the kids coming to my daughter's party.

I didn't want the party to end up costing a small fortune so I was racking my brain over what to do. Then I looked at the massive mountain of Perler beads we keep stocked up and ready to use and I started to come up with a plan.

Make Some Very Easy Little Perler Bead Gifts

I decided to keep my costs down by making some small and simple fused bead designs that could be transformed easily into magnets and keychains for the party favors. I worked out that if I used the large peg boards, I could make more than one design on a board at a time making it quicker to work the designs and then iron them once done. So that's what I did and we loved the end results.

☀️ More Party Themed Projects

How to Make a Tulle Birthday Wreath

Birthday and celebration wreaths are easy enough to make yourself with some inexpensive materials and just a little time. Making your own ensures that you get to choose the exact color, shape and size that you want too so you can match it to the event.

Step by Step How to Make Tulle Pom Poms

Tulle netting is a beautiful, sheer fabric that is commonly used for adding volume and sophisticated layering to dresses and gowns. Because it has a real feminine quality to it, it's ideal for using to make girly party decor with.

How to Make a Cute Felt Pennant Banner

I like to decorate on a budget which means making a lot of room and party decor myself. The plain white walls in my daughter's play room definitely needed something to add in some color and cheerful decoration so I created a rather easy summer look design.

How to Make Pretty Paper Pinwheels for Cards and Scrapbook Crafts

Paper pinwheels are fun and easily folded paper decorations that just smack of the summer season. You can add these pretty designs onto your cards as embellishments, into scrapbooks and also use them as decorations ideal for any party theme.

7) Blooming Beautiful Summer Flower Crafts

A craft that I like to sit down on my own and do as an adult is 3D decoupage otherwise known as paper or papier tole. This gentle papercraft is something that will appeal to people who can enjoy something that is slower paced, requires a little patience and great cutting skills using a small and sharp pair of scissors or a craft knife.

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Paper cutting is something I've always enjoyed. Give me a pair of scissors and some paper and I'm really happy. With 3D decoupage, you can buy pre-printed sheets with repeats of the same design or elements of that design.

You cut these pieces out carefully and then layer them up on top over the same part of the design using special silicone glue to give height or 3D foam squares. It creates a beautiful layered look ideal for very special handmade cards or box framed wall art.

Making Flowers to Embellish With

JLIKA (50 pieces) Shabby Flowers - Chiffon Fabric Roses - 2.5 - Solids and Prints Included - Assorted Color Mix - Single Flowers Grab Bag100 pcs Patch Flowers 25x25mm Mulberry Paper scrapbooking wedding doll house supplies card

Whatever crafts you like to do, you can bet that flowers are involved somewhere. Floral crafts remain hugely popular with paper flowers being used to decorate scrapbook layouts, handmade cards and create cool paper sculptures and origami pieces. Knitting or crocheting floral motifs makes lovely embellishments that can be used to stitch onto blankets, afghan throws, pillows, clothing, hats and bags.

Fabulous Flowers: Create Pretty Paper Blossoms

Klutz make fab books and kits for kids. This one's recommended for age 8 and up though some very crafter youngsters might be able to make these paper flowers with adult help. Step by step instructions and everything needed to make 20 fabulous flowers.

100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet: A Collection of Beautiful Blooms for Embellishing

Knitters and crocheters have a book filled with 100 different floral motifs to make with yarn.

☀️ More Fun Floral Summer Crafts for All Ages

Make an African Flower Crochet Pincushion

If you're fairly new to crochet, you'll be looking for some easy beginner projects that you can make and this African Flower Pincushion is one of them. One of the first things I did when I started this craft was to start making Granny Squares and from this designed a pincushion.

Free Crochet Flower Patterns

All these free crochet flower patterns are so easy, and once you make one, there will be no stopping you. Learning how to crochet a flower is easy when you use these easy to crochet flower applique patterns, ideal for headbands, hats and scarves and more.

Make A Paper Flower Rosette Decoration

A paper rosette with big or small impact. Seven different craft ideas included with this tutorial.

Polymer Clay Flower Tutorial - Make Bright Fantasy Flower Jewelry!

I love making polymer clay jewelry and polymer clay flowers. This winter I decided to combine the two to make some colorful polymer clay flower jewelry! There are many polymer clay tutorials for making pretty and realistic polymer clay flowers.

Did you get some great summer craft inspiration here today. If you did, let me know in the comments here which crafts you like the best.

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