We’ve come up with this exciting, fun, and budget-friendly list of 29 Awesome DIY Summer Projects For Kids so you can make memories this summer that are sure to last!
Each of these DIY projects are easy to make, and also great to incorporate your kids on while making them. Many are sweet, color, and even include lots of ‘wet fun’ to enjoy on those hot days!
So read on to learn how to get started on your next perfect DIY Outdoor Project that’s both budget-friendly and easy to make!
1. Frozen Popsicle Chalk
For those hot summer days, you can give your children these exciting Frozen Popsicle chalk sticks to bring their creativity and imagination to life either on the pavement or your driveway, and all considering this is a pretty mess-free way of playing with chalk and being artsy at the same time.
It’s pretty simple to make these, and will only require basic supplies like cornstarch (frozen), water, and washable Tempera paint along with popsicle molds – all for less than $5! These are perfect for drawing beautiful, vibrant shapes and colors, and is sure to keep your kids busy for hours – just make sure they don’t try to eat the popsicles afterward!
DIY Details : readingconfetti
2. Light Up The Night With Glow In The Dark Bowling!
Who says your kids can’t have fun out back once the sun goes down?
This is a spectacular DIY Project that will allow you and your children to play bowling, and enjoy an exciting glow-in-the-dark game that’s sure to give your kids a magical experience, teach them how to bowl, and improve their motor skills.
With DIY Back Yard Night Bowling, you’ll use mostly recycled or unwanted items from around your home, like six tall empty bottles, a couple of glow sticks, and a hamster ball to use as the bowling ball – how neat! This is sure to be tons of fun, is budget-friendly, and the perfect way to spend those summer nights.
Check out the Growing A Jeweled Rose link below for more details.
DIY Details: GrowingAJeweledRose
3. DIY Water Balloon Paint Project
This DIY Back Yard project and game is sure to bring your kids tons of fun and memories this summer. Combining their favorite paints, colors, and waterballons they’ll be able to have a ‘splashing’ good time.
Using simply water-balloon and child-friendly water color paints, your kid can dip the water balloons into the paint, and then chuck them into a pool for lots of fun, and create their own unique, abstract designs. Best of all, this is easy to set up, and shouldn’t cost you much time or money.
As a budget-friendly DIY Back Yard Game and project, this is a favorite among parents and a great way of bringing out your kids ‘crafty side.’ All you’ll need is water balloons, a hose, kiddie pool, water-paints or other chemical-free and child-safe paints, and a large sheet to put into the mini-pool so they can save their work hang it up the next day for keepsake.
DIY Details : letslassothemoon
4. Giant Water Blob For Endless Back Yard Fun!
This is a budget-friendly, simple way to have hours of fun bouncing, sliding, and floating on this DIY Garden Water Blob. Best of all, it’s easy enough to build, will require little to no money, and is a great alternative to a more costly slip n’ slide purchased from the store. Better, it’s cheaper and easier to make, and you can make as many as you need throughout the season without paying much out of pocket.
All you’ll need to make the DIY Garden Water Blob is some duct tape, scissors, a hose, tons of water, plastic sheeting, and a small towel! Simple, right? The Water Blob is a big favorite among kids and by far one of the most fun DIY projects on our list.
DIY Details : fabulesslyfrugal
5. A DIY Ginormous Bubble Solution For Endless Hours Of Fun
This Big DIY Bubble Maker And Wand is the ultimate solution for keeping cool on those hot summer days, playing in the water, and will require little more than a bubble solution, small plastic pool, and a hula hoop.
All you’ll have to do to make your own Giant Human Bubble is have your little one stand in the center of the pool, dip the hula hoop in the solution, and you’ll instantly have hours of bubbly, wet fun! You can also add to the excitement by using different sized and style wands to make all sorts of cool shapes and sizes.
DIY Details : onecharmingparty
6. Delicious DIY Smore’s ‘Cones’ For Those Hot Summer Days
This is a very delicious, pleasant DIY Project for really satisfying you or your child’s sweet tooth, comes in a wide variety of flavors and can be done either in your back yard, or the next time you go camping with your loved ones!
Ingredients needed to make these goodies are your favorite waffle or sugar cones, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and a couple of butterscotch chips to top off the flavor! Combining the best of both worlds, you’ll be able to keep cool, and have plenty of fun the next time you and your kids go out back to bond, make memories, or play outdoor games together.
Head to the below recipe shared by Frugal Coupon Living to learn the few simple steps of preparation.
DIY Details: FrugalCouponLiving
7. DIY Glow In The Dark Sand: A Recipe For Unlimited Fun!
There’s no need to go to the store spend a lot of money on expensive glow in the dark sand because now you can make it at-home yourself from scratch! Even better, you’ll be able to do it entirely using everyday household products, and won’t be limited in how much or how often you make it!
Kids will have tons of fun playing with this either outside when the sun goes down, or they can bring the fun inside by just placing the sand in a safe plastic tote or tub – so you can still keep an eye on them while they enjoy their creative side.
To create your glow in the dark sand, all you’ll is a few zip seal bags, Epsom salt, and glow in the dark or fluorescent paint to add that ‘lightning’ vibrant touch for unlimited fun!
Best of all, your kids can leave the sand and their creations out over night, and it’ll be there in the morning!
DIY Details : growingajeweledrose
8. Budget-Friendly Stilts For Kids Using Coffee Cans!
These DIY Can Stilts are the perfect way to save money and time. Your children will love playing on them, and you can make more than one pair pretty quickly, so they can play with their friends!
What a great way for kids to exercise, practice their hand-eye coordination, and balance! All you’ll need for this DIY Back Yard Project is recycled coffee cans, yarn, a hammer, and nails. This is also an excellent way for teaching your kids to recycle, as well as practicing hand-eye-coordination and patience by creating their stilts.
The supplies you’ll need in addition to a few sturdy recycled coffee cans are a hammer, nails, and yarn. They don’t have to be made too large, and you can customize the size of each stilt by sawing the necessary diameters. Your kids are sure to have a blast, and summer they’ll never forget!
Check out the full details on how to make yours at the Teach Mama link below.
DIY Details: teachmama
9. Giant DIY Homemade ‘Slip N’ Slide’
Using simple household items, like a hose and water, and a large sheet of plastic, you, your family, and friends will have an awesome DIY ‘Slip N’ Slide’ in no time!
This is an awesome way to stay cool this summer, and have tons of fun in the process! Even better, if you have a hill in your back yard, you can make it all the more exciting by providing the ultimate downhill experience!
All for less than ten bucks, you really can’t beat this DIY project, and it’s sure to make your kids popular with the neighbors as well.
Check out more details at the Idsym link below.
DIY Details: ldsym
10. Colorful And Sticky DIY Slime For Kids!
This Sticky And Colorful DIY Slime project is the perfect way to bring smiles to your child’s face and give them an activity that they can do anytime with their friends and neighbors.
You and your kids can customize the colors you make, and even add glitter for an extra shiny touch!
For this fun and sticky DIY Slime you’ll just need a few simple things like borax, Elmer’s (glitter) glue, and water. Only requiring four simple steps, this is sure to bring you and your kids endless hours of gooey fun!
Check out The 36th Avenue link below for more excellent, unique DIY ideas and projects for the ones!
DIY Details: the36thavenue
11. DIY Squirt Gun Paint For Kids
Combining Art and your children’s favorite water squirt gun toys, this is a must-try for any DIYers looking to have new, and exciting fun with the family!
You can set up sheets of paper outside on the lawn, or allow them to spray the fence as long as you use water-paints, or other chemical-free natural paints so that their perfect art doesn’t wind up permanently on their hands or your back yard fence.
This entire project should cost no more than $10, and will only require simple things like an easel for squirting their work onto, liquid water-colors, watercolour paper, and their choice of dollar-store water squirt guns!
This is a pretty easy DIY Back Yard project for kids that’s sure to bring smiles, and allow them to have their own outdoor “paint wars” and adventures. See more details on how to get started at the Fire Flies And Mud Pies link below.
DIY details: FireFliesAndMudPies.com
12. The DIY Water Balloon ‘Pinata’
This DIY Water Balloon Pinata is the perfect solution for keeping your kids busy this summer, and unlike regular pinatas, it will cost you under a dollar – and they can play with it all day long!
Combining exercise, imagination, and action this is the perfect way to boost your kids physical and mental spirits on those hot days – all while staying cool!
To get started you’ll need a secure rope or twine to hang the water balloon – or balloons – from, a sturdy tree-branch, and a plastic whiffle ball bat to start swinging away’! This activity is sure to get the kids pumped up, and is the perfect way to let them play until their hearts are content, so they sleep well at night.
Check out more awesome DIY, budget-friendly games at the Fire Flies And Mud Pies link below.
DIY details: FireFliesAndMudPies.com
13. Let Your Kids “Print” Their Own Soapy Foam Adventures!
The DIY Soap Foam Printing project is messy and exciting in all the right ways! Kids can have tons of fun letting their imaginations go wild, and not have to worry about making a mess. You can purchase your children a water-color friendly easle and paper sheets so that they can draw with the soap foam after they make it. Altogether, this entire project should cost just $10 or less.
Best of all, the DIY Soap Foam Printing project will allow them to create and explore different vibrant colors, variations, combinations, and make their very own art without limits! All you and your kids will need to get started are liquid watercolors, watercolor paper, dish soap, straws, whisks or rotary beaters, and a bowl to mix up their whacky foam creations!
Read more at Fire Flies And Mud Pies below.
DIY details: FireFliesAndMudPies.com
14. Explore The Galaxy With Your Kids With This Fun DIY Project!
This DIY Back Yard Star Game is great because it won’t involve an expensive telescope and having to worry about the kids accidentally breaking it, or struggling to understand how to use it to look at the night stars.
Instead, the DIY Back Yard Star Game will allow your kids to have lots of fun projecting their star constellations and creations onto the walls – while also teaching them stronomy at the same time. Combining both education and creativity, this DIY project should take no more than an hour to make, and will require simple things like a flashlight, cupcake liners, constellation cutouts templates which you can print out online, scissors, a 2″ hole puncher, and glue sticks.
DIY Details : pagingsupermom
15. Explosive Water Fun: Cup Races And Water Guns!
Now you can create a DIY Back Yard Obstacle Course with just a few simple steps, that’s guaranteed to give your children endless summer fun filled with adventure, challenges, and exercise!
All you’ll need is a string, cups, scotch or preferably duct tape, a pair of scissors, and their favorite water guns. One child each can pull a water cup and race them, while the others play and shoot the water cups with water to try to slow them down – a fun game for either teams or 1 v. one challenges!
There are also tons of variations you can create with these simple everyday household items, which means you’re in complete control of how big or small you want their next “obstacle course” to be!
DIY Details : allfortheboys
16. Cute Bottle Cap Bugs For Your Garden
Kids will have hours of fun with these cute, adorable little bugs made out of bottle caps, Sharpie markers, scissors, a hot glue gun or super glue, and a few googly eyes.
This is an excellent way to recycle unwanted or unused bottle-caps and educate your kids on being environmentally friendly at the same time! Children will have a ton of fun, adventures, and enjoy themselves playing with these litter critters in your back yard and garden.
Whether it’s a day off or holiday for your little ones, finding budget-friendly and fun activities for them to occupy their time with can be difficult – which is why we know you’re sure to have a blast with your kids in making these little Bottle Cap Buggy Adventurers!
DIY details: Artzy Creations
17. DIY Altoids Can Critters Toy For Kids
This is an especially fun, easy to make back yard project and a modern DIY favorite among both parents and children alike.
Why not reuse those unwanted Altoid or other mint tin containers to make cute little tin toys? The DIY Cute Bugs are a great, budget-friendly way to let your kid’s imagination run wild by using various colors, stickers, or even adding glue-on wiggly eyes to add personality and craziness to their toys!
To make these DIY Altoid Bugs, you’ll just need a few leftover recycled paper scraps, scissors, strong, clear glue, and recycled Altoid cans.
To add to design and fun, you can also glue ribbons, sparkles, and other neat little arts and crafts supplies you might have laying around your home.
DIY Details : makinglifeblissful
18. DIY Glowing ‘Capture A Fairy’ Mason Jars
These glowing ‘fairy jars’ are a terrific DIY project for kids to have fun running around your garden, exploring, and story-telling at night while lighting up their surroundings.
Each glowing jar should last at least 8-12 hours, which means your kids can play with these all night – and even take them to bed to keep their room glowing into the morning!
To create these DIY Fairy Jar Creations, you’ll just need a few simple things like recycled mason jars, diamond glitter, glow sticks of course, and a serrated knife.
What brings these ‘fairy jars’ to life is the glow-sticks behind the glass, as they’ll reflect vibrant colors of the different glitter you glue on the inside or outside of each jar.
Check out the Mom Dot link below for other cool, DIY Outdoor Projects your kids are sure to love!
DIY Details : momdot
19. DIY Easy Bake And Shape Clay Sand Creations
This Easy DIY Bake And Shape Sand project is perfect, and an awesome activity to let your kids make imprints of their litter fingers and toes, or create molds of basically anything else they find in their outdoor excursions!
Best of all, these sand clay creations will last years to come, which means your kids will be able to collect them each summer you do this activity with them. To get started, all you’ll need is sand, clay, cornflour, bicarbonate soda, and water – and you’re set!
When finished, heating the clay is fast and simple, and making unlimited dough for your kids and their friends to play with is the perfect way to give them endless adventures!
Check out more neat ideas like this, as well as a step-by-step tutorial at the Paging Fun Mums link below.
DIY Details: pagingfunmums
20. Ice Cream Playdough
These DIY Playdough Icecream cones are sure to make your kids imagination run wild, and they even smell sweet and tasty – just make sure they don’t bite into one!
Kids can make these DIY ice cream cones by using home-made play dough, and combine pastel colors to create not just vibrant colors and texture, but also get their hands ‘dirty’ in a fun and safe way. To add the final touches you’ll need a little bit of icing mixture or sugar, and the dough is made from a Pre made frosting mixture or combinations of your choice.
You and your little ones can have these made in just four simple steps, and done in less than an hour, giving you something to do together, or let them make on their own when they get bored on those hot summer days inside.
Click the Paging Fun Mums link below for more SWEET DIY ideas and tutorials!
DIY Details: pagingfunmums
21. Bringing The Beach To Your Back Yard And Garden
Getting to the beach all the time can be costly, and if you’ve got a particularly busy schedule, letting your kids play in the natural sand and enjoy the water outside can be tough. But, worry no more, as this DIY Sand Footprint project is the perfect way to combine both the beach and the comfort of your home for kids. You can even use their footprint or handprints to decorate your home later once it’s dried so they too can cherish their art-work for years to come!
To get started, you’ll need a good bit of sand, Plaster of Paris, water to make the plaster, cardboard for smoothing the sand, a spray gun or sealer, glue gun, sea shells and glitter for decor – and of course picture frames to hang-up your kids artwork once it’s dried!
DIY Details: pagingfunmums
22. Easy DIY ‘Sand Slime’ For Kids!
Activate your kid’s senses and let them have a blast with this awesome gooey-sand creation! This is also fun for adults to play with, and the rustic look you’ll get from this Sand Slime is a one of a kind, earthy-look, for sure!
Whatever your kids decide to make with their gooey sand slime, we’re sure you’ll love it. To get started, you’ll just need clear Elmer’s glue, a bucket of water, some Borax, hot water, and sand. Simple enough, right?
Depending on how sticky or gooey you and your kids want the slimy sand to be, you can customize your creation by adjusting how much of each ingredient you use.
Check out the Paging Fun Mums link below for a step-by-step guide to get started now!
DIY Details: PagingFunMums
23. The Perfect DIY Outdoor ‘Tic Tac Toe’ Game
This DIY Outdoor ‘Tic Tac Toe’ Game is the perfect solution for giving kids something fun to do on those warm summer days, and great for family and friends to enjoy playing with one another too!
Kids love playing classic games like this when you teach them how, especially when it’s as interactive as this, moving around their rock-pieces, and challenging one another in your yard to a round!
Sure to last for years to come, this wooden and rock DIY Tic Tac Toe game will require little supplies or tools other than things you already have lying around your home and garden. All you’ll need to play set are pebbles, boards, white paint, wood sealer, and a bowl to get started!
Check out more awesome DIY ideas and projects at the Design Dining & Diapers link by Taryn Whiteaker link below.
DIY Details: DesignDiningAndDiapers
24. A Cute ‘Ice Cream In A Bag’ Activity For Kids!
This DIY Ice Cream In A Bag project is great for both kids and adults alike to have fun in the back yard, bond, and make memories full of yummy goodness! Also, this is a great way to stay cool on those hot days, and what kid doesn’t love ice cream?
The texture and flavor of these exciting, chilly snacks are sure to be enjoyable, and all your kids will need to make theirs is heavy whipping cream, half and half, vanilla, and a bit of sugar. Then, your kids can shake’ up the bag, and have a blast while making their favorite snack!
Kids can chase eachother around with these cute sealable bags of ice-cream, or simply take it on the go.
DIY Details : growingajeweledrose
25. A DIY Fun ‘Waterfall Wall’ For Kids!
The DIY Waterfall Wall For Kids project is great for kids to to play in and make exciting memories all summer long!
Using various recycled materials like plastic bottles, a bucket, a few unwanted or unused pots and pans, a recycled wooden pallet, and tubing you’ll have this DIY Back Yard project up and going in no time!
You’ll also need plasticine and hosepipe cut-offs, as well as duct tape and a few extra containers to catch the water. You can even add to the fun by letting your kids drop their super-balls down the hoses, and watch their waterfall project come to life! This is a unique, exciting project that will not only be fun for kids, but also teach them basic physics, the environment, and will take no more than a few hours to setup.
DIY Details : playingbythebook
26. DIY Weaving And Knitting Project For Kids
Now, weaving with your loved ones and kids is made possible, and is a lot safer than just using a metal pin or needle and yarn. With this DIY Back Yard project you and your kids can relax out back, and make different creative yarn projects from dreamcatchers to their favorite animals, cartoon characters, or even clothes like dresses and shirts for their toys.
This DIY Summer Project is easy to get started, and will require some basic tools and supplies. All you’ll need is masking tape and scotch tape, a pom-pom maker, beads, card board cut-outs around 6×8, scissors or an Exacto knife, twigs, and a few other essentials that should cost no more than $5.
Read more at the Art Bar Blog link below!
DIY Details: artbarblog
27. DIY Color Powder
These DIY Color Powders are tons of fun for kids, and will allow them to be creative and imaginative at the same time, and enjoy getting their hands in these playful colored powders. A lot like Play Doh, except it won’t cost you more than a $1 to make it, and you can make tons more!
For any summer day, this is a great project for kids, and you can even include them in on the project while you make it together! All you’ll need is cornstarch, color paste or gel coloring, and disposable plastic gloves! Simple enough, right? You’ll heat the ingredients together in a pan, and can even combine colors to make the experience all the more enjoyable.
Kids will combine imagination, creativity, motor-skills, and occupy themselves in your yard with a nice project that will still allow you to keep an eye on them – just don’t let the little ones eat the powder!
Find the full details for this DIY project at the Dukes And Dutchesses link below.
DIY details: DukesAndDutchesses
28. A DIY Big Screen Back Yard Movie Projector
Having your own personal home-theatre doesn’t have to require investing in equipment that’ll easily reach the $10,000 or more range, as this DIY Home Theatre be done for just a few hundred dollars or less, using supplies and technology you likely already have around your home.
This is the perfect way to encourage your kids to enjoy the outdoors, and you can play all their favorite television shows and movies with this DIY Movie Projector setup. Overall, this project should be relatively easy to make, other than the technical side of things. That is, as it’ll require things like a movie-screen or projector screen, a laptop, and speakers.
What better way to enjoy your favorite Netflix shows, movies, and bond with your family, and friends than this exciting back yard DIY project? An original idea, by Ellie Petrov, all the details can be found via the link below including a step by step tutorial.
DIY Details: ElliePetrov
29. DIY Potter Plants For Roasting S’Mores
Not everyone can afford, or has the time to take their family and kids camping all the time – but have no fear!
These DIY S’mores pots will give you a lot of the nostalgia and pleasure of camping right in your own back yard! This is a super simple, fun, and tasty DIY project for anyone that loves making memories and having fun, late night cook-outs or nights filled with storytelling with the kids by a warm fire.
For less than $5 you should be able to buy all the potter plants you’ll need for this project, outside of the necessary graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate of course!
DIY Details : bellatheblog
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