Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.
Kids love the outdoors, and when they see the crafts ideas that I have gathered here, they'll be busy for the whole summer. Here is an opportunity to grab a bag or basket, go for a walk in the woods or on the beach with the kids, and pick up supplies as you go to make crafts when you return. To make the really big bubble makers shown above, go to PBS Parents.
1. Wooden Arrows
Make inspirational wooden arrows for your backyard or your campsite. Then take them home and decorate a wall with them.
2. Hummingbird Feeders
Use left over pvc pipe to make very attractive hummingbird feeders for the backyard. A great family project to enjoy long after the fun of creating the feeder is over. Find the tutorial for making this hummingbird feeder at Birds & Blooms.
3. Leaf Heart With Message
This would be a fun backyard project for the family. Learn how to make the leaf hearts with the directions found at Mother Natured.
4. Buttoned Up Birdhouses
A great rainy day project for the kids using paint and buttons. The instructions for this project can be found at Mod Podge Rocks.
5. Painted Rock Trolls
Gluing on colorful feathers make these painted rock trolls especially cute. Easy to do!
6. Grow Crystals
This is such an old, but impressive project. We did this when I was a kid, but we used pieces of coal rather than briquets at that time. Your kids will love doing this. Go to Love and Laundry for a step-by-step pictured tutorial.
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7. Twig Frame
A nature frame for a picture of a memorable, summer activity. You'll find the instructions for making this frame at Home Work.
8. Make Squishy, Slimy Stuff
9. Fairy Garden
I love the looks of this fairy garden in a terra cotta pot. These are so easy to make that you could make a whole fairy village.
10. Garden Markers
The kids will be so proud when you use these garden markers year after year. Easy to understand directions are found at Craft Jr.
11. Indian Talking Stick
This is an opportunity to give the kids a little history lesson. You'll find the directions for making this talking stick at Hey Mishka.
12. Zentangle Rocks
Kids of all ages will want to make their own zentangle rock. Go to Adventures With Kids for the instructions.
13. Twig Birdhouse
What kid wouldn't love to make a birdhouse for his feathered friends in the backyard. You'll find the instructions on the Education.com website.
14. Roses on a Stick
I think this is a beautiful project. I'd be happy to display these in my home. Go to Dozi Design for the directions.
15. God's Eye
This is such an old, but great outdoor project. Many scout troops make these God's Eye crafts. Go to Craft Jr for the instructions.
16. Decorative Flower Pot
This is a good project to do outdoors because it can be a bit messy. It's really a pretty flower pot though. For the instructions, go to Lifestyle How Stuff Works.
17. Bean Bag Toss Game
Painted terra cotta saucers make this bean bag toss game a reusable one. I can see a family bean bag toss tournament in the future.
18. Tin Can Wind Chimes
These bright colored wind chimes are not only beautiful to look at, but they are also loads of fun to make. You'll find the directions for this tin can wind chimes project at She Knows Parenting.
19. Clay Pots Bird Bath
Make a birdbath for your backyard, and watch the antics of your bird friends. Go to DIY Joy for the directions.
20. Patio Light Covers
This would be so much fun to do as a family project. Make the patio light covers and then sit and admire them. Go to Family Unity Network for the instructions.
21. Terra Cotta Garden Turtle
Your backyard could use more than one of these cute turtles. Go to Favecrafts for the directions.
22. Faux Taxidermy
What a great recycling craft. The boys especially will enjoy doing this project. Find the instructions at Embellishments Kids.
23. Make a Nature Bracelet
Don't be surprised if you find that the boys will want to add bugs to their bracelet. This cute idea and the directions are found at Kid World Citizen.
24. Twig Trivet
You'll recall all the fun of summer when you use this twig trivet. You'll find the directions at Lifestyle How Stuff Works.
25. Flower Petal Sun Catcher
Make this sun catcher this summer and have a reminder of a happy summer all year round. You'll find the directions for making this sun catcher at For the Children.
26. Popcorn Tree
So, what are the kids going to do when the day is rainy, windy and chilly? How about making a huge bowl or popcorn, most of it to eat and some of it to use in this craft. The directions for making a popcorn tree can be found at Happy Hooligans.
27. Outdoor Fun for the Littlest Ones
28. Stepping Stones
This is a summer craft like the one my family did a number of years ago, and we still look at them and remember how much fun they were to make. Find the instructions for making stepping stones at C.R.A.F.T.
29. Make a Kite
You and your child can make a kite with the instructions that you'll find at Train up a Child.
When reading this article on ArtClubBlog I found out why the animals in these paintings are called suranimals. You'll be able to make this an educational project without the kids knowing that they are learning anything.
31. Bubble Snakes
When you go to Housing a Forest to find out how to make the bubble snake gun, you'll also find how you can make the bubble snakes rainbow colors.