All the DIYs + Hacks You Need for a Hassle-Free Summer

Our no-fail guide to fun in the sun.

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Wherever your summer adventures take you — the pool, beach or your own backyard — these outdoor DIYs, tips and entertaining ideas will bring joy and ease to your life for the next three months. So, get out there, and do summer like a pro.

Plan Ahead for Road Trips

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Conquer your family road trips with these simple on-the-road solutions.

Don't let a long drive dampen your summer-vacation spirit. These car packing hacks and travel-friendly snacks will make kids and adults happy during road trips.

Use Pool Noodles for More Than Floating

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Create your own beverage boat, and keep drinks nearby while you float.

If you've accumulated one too many pool noodles over the years, upcycle them instead of tossing them. A beverage boat makes poolside sipping much easier while these pool noodle backyard games will entertain kids (and adults!) for hours. You can even use pool noodles around the house!

Host an "Adult" Summer Camp...

HGTV Summer Camp: Glamping Setup

HGTV Summer Camp: Glamping Setup

Join HGTV.com's editorial team as they create nostalgic camping projects with a grownup twist.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

While the kids are away, adults will play. Invite friends over to partake in youthful outdoor activities and roast a few s'mores. Here's how to throw a great glamping party.

With DIY Activities...

HGTV Summer Camp: Rope Keychain

HGTV Summer Camp: Rope Keychain

Step 1: Cut a 5-inch piece of twine or string, then tie a knot around the jump ring. Step 2: Choose 2-5 beads and add them to the twine. Set aside. Step 3: Use scissors to cut a 10-inch piece of cotton rope. Step 4: Pull apart the two ends of the rope to create frayed edges, then overlap to form a loop. Step 5: Use tape to keep the loop in place, then glue to secure it. Step 6: Select your first color of thread. Wrap the thread tightly across the entire loop, using glue to secure it as you go. Let that thread dry, then continue with your next color. Step 7: When complete, use your previous piece of twine to attach the tassel to the end of your keychain. Bonus Step: Tie craft ribbon to your jump ring for a more festive look.

Photo by: Jason Kisner

Jason Kisner

Camp wouldn't be complete without a few crafts. These DIYs are a step above those classic camp projects you remember from childhood and will totally bring out your inner kid. See how to make tassel keychains, perler bead coasterssand art and, best of all, a personalized cooler.

And Games...

Throw a Family-Friendly BabyQ Shower

Throw a Family-Friendly BabyQ Shower

Lawn games were made for informal gatherings like this BabyQ. Lukomski jazzed up the usual beanbags with pink and blue fabric for the event, turning a standard game of cornhole into a baby-gender guessing game.

Photo by: Jessica Doffing

Jessica Doffing

Save money on pricey outdoor games by making your own. For the advanced crafter, these cornhole boards are pretty and sturdy. DIY newbies should make this easy, oversized tic-tac-toe game, or this simple toss-and-score game made out of a tarp.

And an Outdoor Movie...

End "camp" on a high note with an outdoor movie showing. Don't forget the popcorn and adult beverages! Here are all of the essentials you'll need to create an outdoor theater and the instructions to make your own movie screen.

But Keep the Bugs Away!

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Don't let those pesky bugs keep you inside!

Don't let outdoor fun be hindered by pesky insects. Make natural bug repellent and trap wasps in a wine bottle to keep guests bite-free. BTW, we busted these common mosquito myths, so spread the word!

Oh, Don't Forget These Beach Hacks and Essentials

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Check out these hacks you must know before heading to the beach.

All of you beach bums know better than to forget sunscreen. But, did you know baby powder is also a beach necessity? This is the gear you'll need and the playlist you'll keep on repeat for a day by the ocean.

Plus, These Music Festival Hacks Are So Good

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Jennie Andrews

Seriously, if you plan to attend a music festival this summer, you NEED to see these tips. A trendy pool inflatable as a cooler?! So clutch. See 6 more clever festival camping hacks.

Cheers to Summer!

Blueberry Merlot Sorbet

Blueberry Merlot Sorbet

This sorbet recipe is a lovely balance of jammy flavors from seasonal blueberries and a light, fruity Merlot. It’s a perfect pair that is full of flavor and refreshing.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

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