Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor spaces. Spruce up those spaces with a few easy outdoor decor crafts your family and guests will love. Plan a few afternoons of family fun by getting the kids involved with these simple projects.
Seashell and Rope Candle Holder
Add ambiance to your patio with a dollar store candle holder and all those seashells you collected at the beach. This candle holder craft is quick and easy and requires no special skills, but the use of a hot glue gun requires adult supervision.
You Will Need
- Glass cylinder candle holder, 4" tall, 4" diameter
- 1/4" sisal rope, 3 yards
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Recycled mesh produce bag
- Craft wire and wire cutters
- Assorted small seashells and beach finds
- Tealight candle
What To Do
- Apply a 1" line of hot glue to the bottom edge of the candle holder. Place the end of 1/4" sisal rope in the glue and allow the glue to cool. Continue to add small lines of glue and wind the rope around the jar. Wind eight times around the holder, cutting and ending on the same side as the rope's beginning.
- Cut a 3" square from a recycled mesh produce bag. Turn the square on point and pinch the center from the top point to the bottom point. Using a small amount of craft wire, wrap the center to hold the pinch. Cut the wire using wire cutters.
- Turn the candle holder with the rope ends on the back. Apply hot glue to the wire on the mesh. Center the pinched mesh on the wrapped rope.
- Hot glue a seashell, starfish, or sand dollar over the wire on the mesh.
- Place a layer of small seashells in the candle holder. Center a tealight on top of the shells. Surround the tealight with more shells until the shells are even with the top edge of the tealight.
Watermelon Mason Jar Vase
Give the guests at your next barbecue a preview of their summertime dessert with this watermelon mason jar vase. This is a fun painting project the whole family can participate in.
You Will Need
- Quart-size mason jar, narrow or wide mouth
- Rubbing alcohol and paper towel
- Wedge make-up sponge
- Craft paints-red, white, lime green, hunter green and black
- Paper plate
- Black permanent marker
- Wood skewer
- Green fabric scrap
What To Do
- Clean the surface of a quart-size mason jar using rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to remove dirt and fingerprints.
- Pour a small amount of red craft paint on a paper plate. Dip a wedge make-up sponge in the paint. Dab the paint onto the jar, completely covering the jar's sides. Allow the paint to dry. Repeat with a second coat. Allow the paint to dry. Clean the sponge.
- Pour a small amount of white craft paint onto the plate. Dip the sponge into the white paint. Dab the paint onto the bottom 1 3/4" section of the jar. Allow the paint to dry. Clean the sponge.
- Pour a small amount of lime green paint onto the plate. Dip the sponge into the paint. Dab the paint onto the bottom 1 1/2" section of the jar. Note: A 1/4" ring of white will still be exposed. Allow the paint to dry. Clean the sponge.
- Pour a small amount of hunter green paint onto the plate. Dip the sponge into the paint. Dab the paint onto the bottom 1 1/4" section of the jar. Note: A 1/4" ring of white and a 1/4" ring of the lime green will still be exposed. Allow the paint to dry.
- Using a black permanent marker, apply dash marks around the jar on the top edge of the white ring of paint.
- Pour a small amount of black craft paint onto the paper plate. Dip the blunt end of a wood skewer into the paint. Place a dot on the red section of the vase. Using the pointed end of the wood skewer, drag the paint from the middle of the dot upward to shape a watermelon seed. Continue to paint seeds randomly around the jar.
- Rip a 1" wide strip from a green fabric scrap. Wrap around the neck of the vase and tie in a knot. Trim the ends as desired.
Patriotic Rag Strip Flag Hanging
Welcome the summer holidays with a patriotic door hanger. This flag can easily be adapted for other flags using different colors. It requires no glue and uses minimal basic hand sewing. It's a great afternoon project when the kids are bored.
You Will Need
- 1/2" diameter stick, 20"
- Hand saw (optional)
- Assorted red and white fabric scraps, lace and trims
- Small blue fabric scrap
- Measuring tape
- 5" star pattern
- Straight pins
- Embroidery floss, white and navy blue
- Embroidery needle
What To Do
- Find a 1/2" diameter stick in your backyard or along your favorite walking trail. Break the stick to 20" long or use a hand saw.
- Rip several 1" wide red and white fabric strips. Cut the strips and an assortment of red and white lace and trims in a variety of 17" to 25" lengths.
- Beginning 1 1/2" from one end of the stick, tie the strips in a red and white pattern. Each strip is tied with a 2" tail at the top. The remaining length hangs down to create the stripes of the flag. Continue until you are 1 1/2" from the opposite end of the stick.
- Cut a 7 1/2" square from a blue fabric scrap. Trace a 5" star on a white fabric scrap using a pencil. Cut out the star.
- Center the star on the blue square and pin. Lay the stick with the attached strips on your work surface. Position the blue square below the stick on the left-hand side of the flag. Pin the square to the strips.
- Using white embroidery floss and an embroidery needle, sew a basic running stitch around the edge of the square through all layers of the strips. Use navy embroidery floss to sew a running stitch around the edges of the star.
- Cut a 30" length of jute. Tie one end of the jute to one end of the stick. Repeat on the other end of the stick with the remaining end of the jute. This is your hanger.
Summer Hostess Gifts
If your summer calendar is full of barbecue invitations, make multiples of these projects to gift the hostess of these upcoming events. It's a wonderful way to say thank you for being included without breaking the bank.