Must make, must eat, must drink, must do!

With so much fun to be had this summer, it’s hard to know where to start making plans! Whether you’re planning a beach vacation, a few weekend mini-trips, or just have local festivities to partake in, it’s always fun to take a step back from your busy-bee tendencies and enjoy time at home. To give you some inspiration, we’ve pulled together some of our favorite “summer must-haves” for your home and family to enjoy this season!

summer decor and food DIYs

1. Teacup Bird Feeder

DIY projects are all the rage in the summertime! Get outdoors, gather your tools, and try your hand at a craft for nature, like this teacup bird feeder. This DIY helps you think outside of the box and gives you a chance to repurpose household items, too.

2. Q-tip Flowers

On a rainy summer day, it’s always fun to take on a crafty project! Grab the kids and gather ’round the kitchen table to make these adorable Q-tip flowers to brighten up the house.

3. Chevron Stencil Stool

Add some color and pattern to boring furniture pieces with a fun chevron furniture makeover. It’s simple and is highly in-style for home decor this season!

4. Outdoor Bunting

Want to add something festive to an outdoor space? Spruce up your deck with this outdoor bunting. With so many fabrics to choose from, the possibilities are endless!

5. Chair Planter

Looking for another outdoor project? This chair planter is both simple and unique! A quick trip to the thrift shop and hardware store will likely leave you prepared to take this project from start to finish.

6. Strawberries + Ginger Ale

From backyard barbecues to summer evenings spent lounging on the patio, it’s always nice to have a refreshing drink in hand. We love the idea of adding fresh fruit to our favorite beverages, such as strawberries in ginger ale!

7. Fruit Salad

No summer feast is complete without a sweet fruit salad! Rather than simply cutting up fruits and tossing them in a bowl, look around for simple tricks to add to your concoction such as honey, juice, or even pudding mix!

8. Patriotic Wreath 

From Memorial Day to Labor Day —  and all that’s in between (don’t forget Independence Day!) — summer is all about celebrating our American heritage and all of our favorite summer traditions. Show some spirit and add colorful decoration to your home’s exterior with a homemade wreath!

9. Backyard BBQ

No summer is complete without a barbeque! Whether it’s a small dinner or a family gathering, these events allow you to indulge in your favorite summer delicacies while spending time with friends and loved ones. For table decor inspiration, be sure to study up on this spread!

10. Homemade Popsicles 

Whether you have children or not, popsicles are a summer treat to be enjoyed by all. Rather than buying the usual from the store, why not make a few delicious popsicles of your very own?

What’s your favorite way to usher in the summer?


P.S. Looking for ideas for fall, too? We’ve got you covered here!