Raise your hand if you’re ready for summer!! Me too:) We love the freedom of the days and the warm evenings outside. We love to BBQ, continue growing things in our garden, play at the beach, splash in the pool, and genuinely enjoy the season. Looking for some neat summer ideas and hacks, check these things out! Since we’ve all been stuck at home and this summer has been unlike any other, I really REALLY love the painted lawn stars. A fabulous way to decorate for the patriotic holidays and show support for the USA!
Neat Summer Ideas and Hacks
Love this DIY project! tThe bag unwraps into a beach towel blanket with pillow!
Turn a beachball into a beach tote! This is a great idea for a beach ball that no longer holds air.
Make cinder block mosaics with sea glass, shells, colored rocks, or anything you can find. Line them around the garden or decorate outside. Fun summer idea!
4. Pool Noodle Firecrackers
Dollar store pool noodle fire crackers! To make these you will need 3 pool noodles in red and blue. Cut them so that they are 3 different lengths. Wrap them with white shipping tape (or duck tape and white paper over), then place some patriotic embellishments on top! The embellishments can be found at the dollar store or in the seasonal isle at any craft store. Hang them with patriotic colored garland (as pictured), use them as a center piece/table decor, or just let the kids play with them. Source unknown.
5. Hanging Organizers Are Great for Camping
Bring a hanging organizer on a camping trip. It helps clear up space on the table. Brilliant! Source Unknown.
Put a fitted crib sheet over the pack ‘n play to keep the bugs and direct sunlight away from the baby. So smart!
7. Plastic Jars for Waterproofing by the Pool
Save plastic jars like this to store your phone and keys in while you’re at the beach or pool. It won’t break and it will help keep things dry. Smart idea! Saving this… (source unknown)
Make a homemade sprinkler waterfall for kids using PVC pipes! This is such a great idea for summer!! Some people call it a “kid car wash” ha! This is so much more fun than a traditional water sprinkler.
Ice beverage fountain made with buckets and plastic pools. Great summer idea parties & BBQs!
10. Colorful Popcorn
Make neon popcorn with food coloring spray! FUN! (source unknown)
11. Christmas Lights on a Trampoline
Use zip ties to put Christmas tree lights on the trampoline! This would make some fun summer nights for the kids! (source unknown)
Keep bugs out of the salad by using beautiful jars with lids! From broccoli salad to fruit salad and even drinks, this hack is beyond useful and oh-so-cute!
13. Outdoor Movies in Inflatable Rafts
This is another fun idea for summer nights. Use blow-up pools (found here) to watch movies outside! Great idea – (source unknown).
Make a DIY wood pallet “chill out” patio set for the summer. I love the color and it looks pretty easy to make!
15. Glow Sticks in a Swimming Pool
For a glowing nighttime swimming party! Source unknown.
Make a huge paint slip ‘n slide – neat idea! A little washable paint, a long piece of plastic, and some willing participants is all you need!
An easy way to serve ice cream floats at a party! Have mason jars already prepped with ice cream inside. Keep them over ice and add your favorite soda! Saving this idea…
18. Champagne Pineapple
Wrap some duct tape around a bottle of champagne, stick on a bunch of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, and then add some grass fronds on top – neat! Wrap it in a clear goodie bag and tie a ribbon around it. (source unknown).
19. Paint Red, White, and Blue Stars on Grass – Source no longer available
A piece of old cardboard with a star cut out and some construction marking spray paint is all you need to make your yard look patriotic this summer! Great idea. You will need cardboard to use as a stencil and this kind of paint (it doesn’t kill your grass, in fact, it’s designed to use on grass!). I think kids will love creating these painted lawn stars this summer!
20. Butterfly Fruit Platter
Make a butterfly fruit platter using foil along the bottom and add berries, oranges, grapes, kiwi, oranges and more. Great idea! Source Unknown.
21. Cinder Block Table
Make a simple and inexpensive porch plant table! All you need is some paint, some cinder blocks, and wood. Cute! Source unknown.
Using square concrete and pallets painted white, you can make this stunning outdoor bar!
DIY stacked pineapple fruit tray – wow! This is such a neat summer party centerpiece idea!
23. Bundt Pan Flower Bird Bath
Create a cute flower birdbath using an old bundt pan and a lamp or plant stand! love this idea. (source unknown)
Make a watering can glow at night using fairy lights!