Whether you're traveling by car, train, boat, or plane this summer, use the time between point A and point B (or while lounging poolside) to tap into your creativity, and maybe even learn a new skill. Mess-free projects like coloring, embroidery, and origami will keep your hands busy and your mind open—exactly the mindset you'll want during your trip.
Hand out these citrus coasters in juicy colors at your next outdoor party. The small scale and forgiving materials used in this project make it easy to transport, as long as you corral the little pieces in a drawstring pouch. Before your trip, snip the felt slices following the template on Purl Soho; during your travels, stitch them on.
Knotted rope bracelets, a summer camp staple, look all grown up when you use natural fiber cord and plain wooden beads. Learn how to loop and twist the ones above at Martha Stewart.
Another mess-free car craft, this macrame wall hanging kit from Wool and the Gang ($25) will teach you how to make three kinds of knots, and then combine them into something stunning.
Brit + Co's starter calligraphy kit ($59) was made for long afternoons spent lounging on the beach. Tell your friends to get ready for some of the fanciest postcards they've ever seen.
This introductory weaving kit from Oake and Ashe ($98) comes with a 14-inch frame loom that can be taken apart and stored in the pouch when you're not working.
When confined to a hoop, embroidery makes a perfect travel project. Miniature Rhino's floral monogram kits ($22) contain everything you'll need—just a hoop, thread, fabric, and a needle.
No glue, no tape, no paint—origami was made for a long flight or road trip. Use your tray table as a work surface, or bring along a big coffee table book on a car trip. Follow the tutorial on Easy Craft Ideas, and you'll have a school of rainbow fish by the time you reach your destination.
Some colorful yarn and a wooden bangle are all you'll need to craft this arm candy, found on My Poppet.
If you haven't picked up the trend yet, a vacation is the right time to jump on the adult coloring book craze. Brit + Co recommends the gorgeous Enchanted Forest by Johanna Basford, shown above, which almost single-handedly sparked the trend. If your trip inspires a continued love of coloring, set your Amazon pre-order for the Young House Love coloring book, coming out in October.