All the DIYs + Hacks You Need for a Hassle-Free Summer
Our no-fail guide to fun in the sun.
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
10 Family Road Trip Hacks 01:01
Conquer your family road trips with these simple on-the-road solutions.
Use Pool Noodles for More Than Floating
DIY Beverage Boat 00:30
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...
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
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.
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 coasters, sand art and, best of all, a personalized cooler.
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!
3 All-Natural Bug Repellents 00:56
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
5 Must-Know Beach Hacks 00:29
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
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!
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