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Making Memories: Family Friendly Summer DIY Projects

Family Friendly Summer DIY Projects

Summer is in full swing! The sunlight is plentiful, the temperature keeps rising and the pool is crowded.  For kids, this is greatest time of year. For parents, Summer comes with some complicated emotions. (At Families Connect, we understand!)  The quality time with your children is precious and unmatched with any other time of year. However, keeping your kids busy for three months can be a challenge. Some days you need a break from the heat and sunscreen applications.  On those afternoons, try your hand at one of these family friendly Summer DIY projects!


1) DIY Doormat

DIY doormat

The Moody Mooch has some great ideas for DIY doormats! These are sure to put a smile on the face of any arriving guests!

2.) DIY Tie-dye


diy tie-dye

Channel your inner hippie and tie-dye your own t-shirt. (Bonus: These can double as Halloween costumes when you forget about the school’s Fall Fest Costume Parade).  Remember to post pictures of your tie-dyed family on your Families Connect page!


3.) Homemade sugar scrub


diy salt scrub

Make your own sugar scrub to improve your bubblebath game! The kids will love the fun colors and scents, and mom will love to relax after bedtime!


4.) Coastal Tic Tac Toe

coastal tic tac toe

Do you want to save those sea shells you were able to collect on Sanibel Island? Here is a creative way to put them to good use. Keep this game handy in January to remind you of sand between your toes!


5.) Make your own art!


water gun painting

This one is perfect for the littles in your house! Follow these instructions from Fireflies and Mudpies on how to do water gun painting. The colorful canvases will make an excellent addition to a playroom!

Remember that while tackling your DIY projects, the point is not perfection. The goal is to spend time being creative, without the distraction of screens or crowded public spaces. Use the time to talk to your kids, reflect by yourself, and slow down during the dog days of Summer. If you happen to create a masterpiece, make sure your family sees the proof.  If not, it was still time well spent. After all, Summer never does last forever.

Did you know you can privately share your family’s fun craft time results with friends and family through the free Families Connect app? Sign up today and start sharing your favorite moments from every season.


Torrey Swan is a former pediatric nurse who now spends most of her time chasing two red-headed        daughters.  Her favorite hobby is cooking with a proclivity for mexican food and margaritas.  She has resided in Nashville since the age of 11 and has been married to her husband, a Blackhawk pilot for the Army, since 2008.


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