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16 fun and easy summer crafts

There's no excuse for summertime boredom with this fun crafts.

By Mandy Milks

16 fun and easy summer crafts

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Easy kazoo

This old-school humming toy is a cinch to make. All you need for your very own colourful kazoo is a toilet paper roll, wax paper, an elastic band and paint. Take this one outside as it can get a little loud. Get the instructions here.

16 fun and easy summer craftsPhoto: Mikaela MacKenzie

Backyard bowling set

Recycled plastic bottles make great bowling pins. Find yourself a ball and get ready for a wild game of backyard bowling. Strike! Get the instructions here.

16 fun and easy summer craftsPhoto: Mikaela MacKenzie

Giant paper plane

Paper airplanes are even more fun when they’re supersized! This simple idea provides hours of summer fun, look for an open space for takeoff. Get the instructions here.

16 fun and easy summer craftsPhoto: Erik Putz

Toilet paper roll city

Put those empty paper rolls to good use by making a mini town for all your kid’s figurines. This one is a great project for those rainy summer days. Get the instructions here.

town made from toilet paper rollsPhoto: Erik Putz

Fruity felt wristlet

You’re ready for summer with this wristlet. Felt is a great material for little crafters to learn to sew, a plastic needle can puncture the fabric with ease. Get the instructions here.

16 fun and easy summer craftsPhoto: Mikaela MacKenzie

Pool noodle boats

There’s so many cool uses for inexpensive pool noodles. These sweet sailboats are a quick craft that are fun to race in the bath or kiddie pool. Get the instructions here.

16 fun and easy summer craftsPhoto: Erik Putz

Binoculars

It’s time to play pretend and go on a summer safari with your kid. But first you’ll need some gear. Craft these cute field glasses out of recycled toilet paper rolls. Get the instructions here.

16 fun and easy summer craftsPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Dip-dyed watermelon t-shirt

Dyeing anything with kids risks ruining your weekend (and your countertop). But with this technique you can contain the mess and you’ll end up with the cutest fruit-inspired t-shirt ever. Get the instructions here.

16 fun and easy summer craftsPhoto: Mandy Milks

Northern Lights mason jar lantern

Recreate the splendor of the Northern Lights with these pretty lanterns. An LED tealight makes it safe to tote along anywhere. Get the instructions here.

16 fun and easy summer craftsPhoto: Mikaela MacKenzie

Sun-dyed maple leaf tote bag

This DIY bag is inspired by the beautiful forests of Western Canada and comes with a fun science lesson, too. Get the instructions here.

16 fun and easy summer craftsPhoto: Mikaela MacKenzie

T-shirt friendship bracelets

Nothing screams summer quite like a friendship bracelet. These ones make great use of old t-shirts. Get the instructions here.

Hands wearing DIY friendship braceletsPhoto: Dillon Cools and Scott Simpson

Old-school whirligig fidget toy

Fidget spinners are all the rage right now, but we’ve actually been playing with fidget toys for generations! Show your kids an old-school way to have fun with a classic whirligig. The best part: hours of sound-free fun! Get the instructions here.

16 fun and easy summer craftsPhoto: Erik Putz

Milk carton bird feeder

Welcome feathered friends to the yard with a recycled bird feeder inspired by the colourful rowhouses of Newfoundland. This is a great activity to spread out over a couple of days, so start saving those milk cartons. Get the instructions here.

16 fun and easy summer craftsPhoto: Mikaela MacKenzie

Mason jar terrarium

A perfect craft to gift, kids will love going to the plant store to pick out succulents for each recipient. Get the instructions here.

16 fun and easy summer craftsPhoto: Maggie Naylor

Maracas

Turn water bottles and toilet paper rolls into awesome maracas. Fill them up with beads, paperclips or whatever and shake, shake, shake! Get the instructions here.

three homemade maracas with buttons and beads insidePhoto: Erik Putz

Giant yarn-wrapped letter

There’s no excuse for summer boredom with this craft. Make this easy wall hanging with different bits of yarn, string and colourful tape. Get the instructions here.

16 fun and easy summer craftsPhoto: Mikaela MacKenzie

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This article was originally published on Jul 28, 2015
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