Summer Boredom Busters: Projects for Kids and Adults

Find ideas for making the most of your summer, whether it's spending time with family and friends or escaping with a DIY project.

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Hang a Tire Swing

Get step-by-step instructions for how to hang a tire swing from a tree. Kids (and adults) will love taking turns swinging and cooling off in the shade. How to Hang a Tire Swing >>

Make Bubbles That Soar

Yes, you can make your own bubbles! Check out our recipes for Mile High Bubbles and reflective Dura-Bubbles. The kids will be thrilled to see their homemade soapy suds floating in the air. Learn How to Make Giant Bubbles >>

Mix Up a Cherry Limeade

Cherry limeade makes for the perfect summer refreshment. Simply mix 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice, 1 cup sugar, one 10-ounce jar maraschino cherries, with juice, and a 2-liter bottle club soda. 

Build a Neighborhood Lemonade Stand

Fresh lemonade is always a hit. Treat yourself and the neighbors to a refreshing drink from a homemade lemonade stand! Make a Lemonade Stand >>

Churn Homemade Ice Cream

Try Great American Country star Kimberly Schlapman’s recipe for homemade waffle cones and salted caramel ice cream for a sweet summer treat. You’ll never go back to store-bought ice cream again!
Kimberly’s Simply Southern Salted-Caramel Ice Cream >>

Visit Your Farmers' Market

Plan to visit a local farmers’ market at least once this summer. Let the kids pick out something they like, then get the whole family involved in the dinner-making process. Be creative and try to use everyone’s chosen ingredient in one meal! 

Craft a DIY Ring Toss

See how to make a DIY Ring Toss for a classic lawn game that brings friends and family together. Try a patriotic red, white and blue palette, perfect for a Fourth of July party. Make this Patriotic Ring Toss>>

Pack a Picnic

Don’t let summer pass you by without going on a picnic. Let the kids plan and pack their favorite foods, then relax at your family’s favorite outdoor spot. 

Hang a Hammock

Find a breezy spot in your backyard to hang a hammock, perfect for an outdoor, summer nap. 6 Stress-Free Hammocks >>

Host an Outdoor Movie Night

Connect a projector to your laptop and play your favorite summer flick on a white sheet or empty wall. Don’t forget popcorn and candy! Go a step further by building an outdoor entertainment center. How to Make an Outdoor Home Theatre >>

Go on a Water Adventure

Make a trip to the beach or the lake a true adventure with water activities, like paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, water skiing and canoeing.
13 Secret Swimming Holes in the U.S. >>

Roll Into Backyard Fun

During a backyard party, challenge your friends and family to classic games like lawn bowling, cornhole, badminton, volleyball, and ladder ball.
How to Make a Regulation Cornhole Set >>

Throw a Patriotic Picnic

Set up red, white and blue blankets and pillows for a patriotic picnic. Get the kids involved by having them help you make their favorite sandwiches and sides. Don’t forget bug spray, sunscreen and sparklers! 

Shoo Away Bugs

Don’t let mosquitos ruin an outdoor party. Make these DIY citronella candles to ward off insects, so you can continue your fun in the sun.
DIY Mosquito-Repelling Candles >>

Build a DIY Kiddie Pool Deck

Make a splash in your backyard with a DIY kiddie pool. Kids (and you!) will not want the sun to go down while enjoying this water hangout surrounded by a fun multilevel deck. Learn How to Build One >>

Fashion a Birdhouse Retreat

Give the birds in your backyard a summer retreat by making a DIY Birdhouse. How to Make a Birdhouse >>

Add Country-Style Decor

Use Mason jars for more than canning veggies and sipping sweet tea. They serve as the perfect base for country-style decorating. 10 DIY Mason Jar Projects>>

Upcycle Your Garden

Use scrap wood and a bit of paint to enhance the natural beauty of your outdoor space. 16 Upcycling + Art Projects for Your Garden >>

Imagine a Whimsical Bottle Tree

Add a little whimsy to your yard this summer with a funky, southern-style bottle tree. How to Make a Bottle Tree >>

Make a Wine Bottle Chandelier

For an adults-only DIY project, upcycle empty wine bottles into a chandelier. This could also be a great lighting fixture for an outdoor space. Get the Step-by-Step Instructions >>

Upcycled Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

Give this upcycled tequila bottle project a shot. The DIY hummingbird feeder will be all the buzz in your backyard. How to Make a Tequila Bottle Hummingbird Feeder >>

Try a Tree Play Station

Need ideas for getting the kids outside this summer? Ditch electronics for a DIY outdoor play station in the backyard!

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