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20 DIY Summer Crafts For Budget-Friendly Home Decor

Looking for some budget-friendly DIY Summer Crafts to help decorate your home for Summer? Now is an excellent time to get creative and add fun, festive DIY projects to your home. You will love these 20 budget-friendly summer crafts ideas you can make yourself.

DIY Standing Glass Terrarium made with Dollar Tree Supplies and a Thrifted bar stool.
DIY Dollar Tree Terrarium

Summer Crafts That Are Budget-Friendly

Many DIY projects are budget-friendly because you can create high-end home decor for a fraction of the cost. You’ll see that expensive retail store options inspire many projects.

In addition, you will see ideas for recycling for creative home decor. Using these eco-friendly ideas is environmentally friendly and cost-effective.You’ll see 20 of my favorite ideas that will enhance your summer.

So, let’s take a look at these creative DIY Summer Crafts.

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DIY Home Decor Ideas

Let’s look at some creative ideas for inside the house this summer.

Easy DIY Grapevine Topiary

Are you good with houseplants? I do much better with outdoor plants but love the look of greenery topiaries for indoor decor. This grapevine topiary is an easy DIY project; you can make it in about 30 minutes. 

Easy grapevine topiary in large urn planter.

DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Decorative Trays On A Dollar Tree Budget

Craving the chic charm of designer decor but feeling priced out? If you love Anthropologie’s eclectic look but operate on a Dollar Tree budget, wait until you see how you can craft these two decorative trays for $10.00 or less.

DIY Dollar Tree Craft - Anthropologie Knock-off decorative trays.

Paper Mache Centerpiece Bowl – Pottery Barn Dupe

By: Amy Sadler Designs

Amy wanted to see if she could make some of her favorite Pottery Barn looks for less! Here is her attempt at the Paper Mache Centerpiece Bowl from Pottery Barn. Didn’t it turn out great?

Pottery Barn DUPE - paper mache bowl summer craft.

DIY License Plate Hat Rack

By: Ann at Dabbling and Decorating

Ann found these old vanity Maine license plates in a family shed. She shows you how to turn them into an adorable hat rack and wall decor.

Vintage license plates made into a hat rack.

DIY Summer Wreaths You Will Love

Next, let’s think about decorating our doors with fun and creative wreaths that are budget-friendly and easy to make.

DIY Coastal Mermaid Wreath

By Jennifer at Cottage on Bunker Hill

Are you looking for a new Summer wreath? If so, you’ll love this mermaid wreath with a coastal touch. It’s perfect for your front door or beach house.

Coastal Mermaid DIY Wreath for Summer Craft.

Craft Your Own Blooming Spring Wreath: Rustic Upcycled Charm

Looking for a unique Summer Wreath idea? In this Blooming DIY wreath tutorial, I will share step-by-step details for crafting your own Anthropologie-dupe, rustic flower masterpiece with upcycled aluminum cans. This budget-friendly, sustainable DIY wreath is easy and will look amazing on your front door.

DIY Recycled Aluminum Cans for a Anthropologie Inspired Summer Wreath.

How To Make A Summer Door Basket

By: Heidi at Eleanor Rose Home

A hanging summer door basket is a great way to add charm and beauty to your entrance while offering a refreshing change from the usual wreath. Heidi shares five easy steps for making your own door basket for summer with vibrant Americana colors.

Summer Craft front door hanging basket.  Easy DIY tutorial

Lake Themed Patriotic Wreath

By: Lora at Lora Bloomquist Create and Ponder

Looking for a fun and easy summer wreath idea? You only need a few simple things to make this unique wreath to coordinate with your lake-themed summer decor. It will fit perfectly with vintage skis or paddles and fun family water-fun pictures! Here’s how to make a DIY Lake-Themed Patriotic Wreath.

Summer lake DIY wreath idea.

Outdoor Summer Crafts for Your Porch

Decorating outdoor spaces can be expensive, and many items don’t hold up to the elements after a season or two.

Therefore, budget-minded craft projects help to keep your outdoor spaces looking stylish and fresh.

How To Make an Obelisk

By: KariAnne at Thistlewood Farm

You will never believe what KariAnne made this garden obelisk from. Here’s a hint. You probably have one sitting in a closet. It’s such a fun project and makes any planter even prettier.

Make a DIY obelisk for your outdoor plants with this easy craft tutorial

How To Create An Easy Patriotic Flower Pot

By: Kim at Cottage in the Mitten

Are you looking forward to celebrating the 4th of July? If you want an easy holiday decor project, check out this simple patriotic flower pot you can create yourself! It’s perfect to use inside or out on your patio.

Patriotic Summer craft DIY flower pot.

Easy Ways To Age Terra Cotta Pots and Style Them

By: Wendy at WM Design House

Want to make your terra cotta pots look like they’ve been around for centuries? Try aging them with fertilizer, yogurt, or salt! These three methods offer a unique and easy way to achieve an aged look.

Summer Craft Project - Age terra cotta pots to decorate for summer.

How To Paint a Checkerboard Floor

By: Renae at Peacock Ridge Farm

Create a timeless and beautiful checkerboard floor in your greenhouse for an extra whimsical touch. This DIY project will teach you how to do it quickly and easily!

DIY Summer Craft Idea - paint a checkerboad on the floor.

DIY Projects and Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

Do you love to entertain outdoors? Check out all these creative Summer Crafts, DIY Projects, and Ideas for outdoor living.

Easy DIY Decorative Stand For Over The Table

Have you seen those cute over-the-table rod stands? I’m sharing how to make an inexpensive decorative stand to attach over the table for beautiful tablescape decorating.

Over the table DIY rod for an outdoor table with hanging recycled can plant pockets.

How To Make Recycled Tin Can Plant Pockets with Aluminium Flowers.

Want to learn how to make DIY Plant Pots from recycled materials? Wait until you see these cute recycled flower pots with Aluminum Flowers. Plus… they also make great cutlery pockets for the tablescape.

DIY recycled tin cans with upcycled aluminum flowers for hanging plant pockets.

Outdoor Summer Tablescape with Blues & Terra Cotta

By: Kelly at the Tattered Pew

Need ideas for setting an outdoor summer table? This summer tablescape uses touches of blues and terracotta, which is casual yet elegant as the sun sets and the colors change. See how easy it is to develop a pretty summer table outdoors!

Outdoor living area with table set for summer entertaining.

Free Queen Anne’s Lace & Wild Fern Basket Arrangement

Here’s a quick look at how to make a wildflower basket arrangement and how to keep it looking fresh longer.

Free Wild Flower Arrangement with queen annes lace and foraged ferns.

How To Plant A Mosquito Repellant Garden

By: Stacy at Brick N Blooms

Do you love summer nights outdoors but don’t love the bug bites that come with it? There’s a way to keep the bugs at bay by keeping certain plants nearby. Learn how to plant a mosquito repellent garden in 7 easy steps with Stacy from Bricks’ n Blooms.

Plants that repel mosquitos that you can plant around your outdoor living areas as a summer project.

How To Make a Firepit Tabletop Cover for Under $30.00

By: Simply 2 Moms

Looking for a way to protect your firepit from the elements? Look no further than this easy DIY firepit tabletop cover! AnnMarie made it with just a few simple materials for about $25.

DIY fire pit cover and table top idea.

DIY Outdoor Shower Curtain

By: Kristin at White Arrows Home

Add a DIY curtain to an outdoor shower for pretty privacy around an often-used patio space.

outdoor shower curtain that you can make easily for a summer craft project.

DIY Rain Barrel On A Budget

By: Jen at Midwest Life and Style

Conserve water for your garden and add curb appeal to your outdoor living spaces with this easy step-by-step tutorial to build a DIY water barrel.

DIY rain barrel to budget-friendly summer craft project.

Bonus Summer Crafts

Here are a few of my other favorite summer crafts that you may enjoy.

With these fun summer crafts, you can save money and create a unique style for your home inside and out this summer.

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20 Summer Craft Ideas for budget-friendly summer decorating.

Stacy Ling

Friday 9th of June 2023

So much great inspiration!


Friday 9th of June 2023

Stacy, Thank you!


Wednesday 7th of June 2023

Rachel, This is such a great project. So fun hopping with you.


Wednesday 7th of June 2023

Renae, Thank you and safe travels.


Wednesday 7th of June 2023

So many fun and fabulous ideas, Rachel! And I love your 4th of July pillow. I know my mom has a lot of scrap fabric. I'm going to look through her stash next time I visit to see what I can find so I can make my own pillow.


Wednesday 7th of June 2023

Jen, They are easy and fun to make. I can't wait to see what your design is.

Lora Bloomquist

Tuesday 6th of June 2023

Such an inspiring collection of great summer ideas!


Wednesday 7th of June 2023

Yes I agree! Thanks

Wendy McMonigle

Tuesday 6th of June 2023

What a great round-up of summer projects. Thanks for including me.


Wednesday 7th of June 2023

Wendy, You are welcome. Have a great day.