20 Outdoor DIYs to Kick Up Your Summertime Crafting

Looking for the perfect outdoor craft to crank up your summer? From refurbishing lounge furniture to prettying up planting stations, one of these 20 ideas is certain to suit your fancy.

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DIY Tin Can Lanterns

Light up the long summer nights with the help of these vintage-feeling lanterns. Not only is this a simple craft that packs a big design punch, but these lanterns can be created for next to nothing as well, which makes them that much more appealing.

Make It: How to Make Tin Can Lanterns

Slug-Repelling Penny Ball

Create a shiny copper garden feature while simultaneously ridding yourself of those slime-slinging slugs. For an added bonus, it will only cost a few pennies to make!

Make It: Make a Slug-Repelling Penny Ball for Your Garden

Drip-Paint Pots

Paint drips have never looked so pretty. Bring a fresh new look to any outdoor space by sprucing up all those plain pots that are just lying around.

Make It: How to Make Drip-Paint Pots

Charming Rain Chain

Don't let a rainy day keep you down. Create this outdoor craft easily in one afternoon, and reap the rain chain benefits all season long.

Make It: DIY Terra-Cotta Rain Chain

Macramé Chair Makeover

Turn those boring lawn chairs into poppin' conversation pieces. This DIY will help you take your chairs from normal to outrageously cute in an afternoon.

Make It: How to Macramé a Vintage Lawn Chair

Relaxing Water Feature

Simple water features don't have to break the time or money bank. Enhance a deck's, porch's or backyard's relaxation potential with this unique DIY.

Make It: Dress Up Any Outdoor Space With a DIY Fountain

Terra-Cotta House Number Tower

Need a unique way to display your house number? This terra-cotta tower should do the trick. A few hours and some old terra-cotta pots will completely rejuvenate the look of your porch.

Make It: Terra-Cotta Tower House Number Display

Tomato Cage Turned Plant Stand

There always seem to be excess tomato cages hanging around. Why not turn them into something creative and useful? A few simple steps can transform a former plant companion into a foliage support system.

Make It: 3 Fun Ways to Take Tomato Cages From Practical to Pretty

Mason Jar Lanterns

Sweet, sweet summertime. Add to the scrumptiousness of summer produce with these adorably delicious lanterns created from Mason jars. Add citronella-scented pods, and they can double as bug-repelling jars.

Make It: DIY Mason Jar Fruit Lanterns

Modern House Number Planter

Try this new take on your house number: modern planters. Not only will it bring some foliage life to a front stoop, but it will also showcase your address in a whole new way.

Make It: DIY Modern House Number Planters

Woven T-Shirt Planter

Love the look of a macramé planter, but want to put a unique spin on it? Creating this DIY may be the perfect project for you. An added bonus: It will aid in getting rid of those old t-shirts that you can never rid yourself of.

Make It: How to Make a T-Shirt Planter

DIY Super-Sized Tic Tac Toe

Super-size your fun this summer with a giant backyard game. Adults and kiddos alike are certain to get a kick out of this larger-than-life version of tic-tac-toe.

Make It: Giant Outdoor Tic-Tac-Toe With Hula Hoops

Recycled Bottle Birdfeeders

Feed the birds, and do your environmental duty. Create a beautiful birdfeeder out of recycled bottles, and you may even become a bird-watching fanatic.

Make It: DIY Bird Feeder From Recycled Bottles

Wooden Lounge Update

Take those chaise lounges from tired to tropical, and breathe new life into your outdoor space without having to spend a fortune. You can update those old wooden lounge chairs in a few simple steps with the help of this DIY.

Make It: Give a Tired Outdoor Wood Chair a Tropical Update

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DIY Glass Bottle Citronella Torch

A few spare minutes is all you need to create these bug-ridding torches that will help you enjoy your outdoor space all season long.

Make It: Turn Old Glass Bottles Into Citronella Torches

Planters With a Pop of Color

Yet another use for inexpensive pallets, and this one is a definite win. Forget those plain planters for the season, and create lively, colorful plant boxes in a few simple steps with the help of this DIY.

Make It: Upcycle Old Pallets Into Colorful Planter Boxes

Hand-Stamped Herb Planters

Rustic, hand-stamped herb pots are just what the craft doctor ordered. The perfect front porch garden addition, these uniquely crafted pots are a wonderful afternoon pick-me-up craft that is certain to be a hit all summer long.

Make It: How to Make Hand-Stamped Terra-Cotta Herb Planters

Giant Outdoor Kerplunk Game

Kick up your backyard's fun factor with this giant kerplunk game, which is sure to entertain kids and adults all summer long.

Make It: Kerplunk Into Summer With This Giant Yard Game

DIY Bug Hotel

If you have mixed emotions about bugs, this adorable bug hotel may be just the thing to bring you over to the bug side. With the help of your kiddos, create an environment that those helpful critters can inhabit all summer long.

Make It: How to Build a Bug Hotel

DIY Beverage Stand

Add a functional piece to your backyard space or party venue without spending a fortune. It's a standing table that doubles as a beverage cooling station — what could be better?

Make It: Refresh Your Party With a DIY Beverage Stand

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