Fun summer crafts to keep the kids busy and the adults making!

Published on 14 May 2021 By Sarah Jones 4 min read

simple embroidery rainbow project for summer

There are plenty of summer crafts for kids and adults to enjoy, come rain or shine! We’ve rounded up our fave DIY summer arts and crafts to inspire hours of fun, whether you’re looking for an activity to keep small hands busy or a family crafternoon in the sun. Get ready for papercraft ice creams, fun beach-themed ideas, flowers, fruity rocks and so much more! 

Easy summer crafts for kids

For sunny days spent in the garden or for the rainy days stuck indoors, these quick and easy arts and crafts projects are sure to keep the kids busy and having a fantastic time making all sorts of wonderful creations this summer. No matter the age, there is something for everyone to make!

Flower power crafts 

Nothing says summer more than a beautiful bunch of blooms! Papercraft flowers are so easy and can be made by all ages. We love these gorgeous candy-coloured heart flowers by One Little Project, made repurposing ice lolly sticks! For younger kids or those who just love getting colourful with the paints, our easy paper flowers and bugs tutorial is the perfect summer craft idea for kids, so follow along and have some fun! 

pastel colour paper flowers handmade cut out paper flowers for kids

Fruity crafts for all the family! 

For crafts that remind us of summer picnics, take your pick from these fruit-inspired summer crafts! You’ll love these super cute watermelon rocks and fab 3D paper pineapple’s by Projects With Kids, sure to brighten up the house or used as decor for summer BBQ’s. 

watermelon painted rocks for kids pop up pineapple paper craft card

The sweetest ice cream art

Two scoops or three? Ice cream makes a great summer craft theme. Whether you’re making pom-pom scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry or using potato stamps to make your ice cream cones like Katie from Made to Be a Momma. Don’t forget to add sprinkles! 

painted ice creams for kids craft

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Stitch your first project

Embroidery or cross stitch? Try both this summer with these lovely stitching kits. It’s all sunshine and rainbows with this Cotton Clara embroidery board project - we just can’t get enough! Learn how to cross stitch with this “Your First Cross Stitch Kit” from the wonderful Trimits, the kids will love this one.

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Popsicle pom-poms

Take pom-pom making to the next level with these delicious ice lolly shaped pom-poms. Best made alongside the real thing, of course! Check out our amazing tutorial by Sew Yeah to see exactly how to make these sweet treats. 

pom pom popsicle

Unicorn Slime

Slime and unicorns - two things kids love, so why not combine them? We did just that with our unicorn slime project! A magical make to bring all the fun and giggles to your crafternoon, and it only takes a few supplies you’re likely to already have stocked in your cupboard - perfect for a last minute summer craft idea!

Sea-themed craft creatures 

If you can’t make it to the seaside this summer, bring the beach to you! There are so many ocean and beach themed summer crafts to dip your toes into! From swirly sea-creatures like these brilliant paper plate jellyfish from Arty Crafty Kids, to these adorable wooden spoon mermaid puppets by Glued to My Craft Blog. Don’t forget to include lots of bright summer paints and glitter for that underwater shimmer. If you’re looking for summer crafts for toddlers, these are ideal! 

wooden spoons made into little mermaids DIY paper plate jellyfish DIY

Fun and simple friendship bracelets

Make something to give to friends on the first day back at school - these friendship bracelets are the make for this! Knot together these simple bracelets in their friends’ favourite colours for a gift they’re sure to love.

Oh sew simple project

Makers love the Trimits hand sewing kits just like this sloth from maker Sew together beautiful decorations for the kids' bedrooms to add a touch of the handmade to your home decor! 

hand sewn sloth complete craft kit

Stash-busting yarn letters

This easy summer craft by Artbarblog is ideal to use up any leftover yarn scraps from your winter projects. A simple and fun make for the kids to personalise with their own initials and choice of yarns. Mix up the yarn weights for added texture, maybe even add some pom-poms on there for extra fun! This would make a lovely wall art piece for their room after too! 

cardboard letter wrapped in colourful yarns multicoloured pinwheels

Make a pinwheel

A classic summer DIY that you may remember from your own childhood. Make your own pinwheels like this one from One Little Project. A fun paper craft project that only needs a few supplies. Place in your flower beds or on your windowsill to see them flutter in the wind all season long!  

Make pomble bees to catch the crafting buzz

Have fun letting the kids use up your yarn stash with these bee-utiful bumble bee pom-poms. Turn them into cute keyrings or pencil toppers, ready for back to school! 

bee shaped Pom poms to place on your pencils

Fun summer crafts for adults! 

While the kids are crafting, it’s time for you to pick up your project! From makes to spruce up your outdoor space, to crochet and knitted garments to make for the sunnier days. Why not dust off your sewing machine and make the perfect summer dress? It’s the ideal summer activity to fill the days when the kids are occupied. There’s so much inspiration for your next project right here!

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About the author

Sarah Jones

Sarah Jones is SEO Content writer at LoveCrafts. Lover of chunky yarns and colourful paper crafts, Sarah works alongside the content team to create helpful guides and tutorials across all our crafts to keep the makers informed and inspired! 

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