Seize the Summer Moment: Fantastic (But Messy!) DIY Projects to Make Outside

Seize the Summer Moment: Fantastic (But Messy!) DIY Projects to Make Outside

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Katie Holdefehr
Jul 8, 2016
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Now's the time to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. These fun and playful DIY ideas were made for a sunny day and a backyard (but any outdoor space will do). Creating these projects will have you feeling like a kid again, only this time around, the end results are truly spectacular.

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Splatter painting is one of those projects that's made for summer. Lay down a tarp or paper on the lawn, water down some paint, grab a big brush, and start flinging. You can splatter pretty much anything, but how great are the gold-flecked balloons above from the ever-brilliant Studio DIY?

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Dip-dyeing is best to do outdoors, in case you end up overflowing your paint bucket when dunking. I Spy DIY sells a kit with all the supplies needed to create the colorful succulent pots above, but if you're adventurous, test it out with acrylic paint and a white store-bought planter.

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The colorful, swirling designs created by marbleizing have us mesmerized. To make the stunning set above, Aimee of Song of Style floated nailpolish on water, then dipped white ceramic tiles.

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Once you've mastered the technique, take marbleizing to the next level by embellishing silk scarves. Decorating an expensive material is high risk, but if the results look half as good as the ones above from Celebrate Creativity, then it's also high reward.

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What's more reminiscent of summer camp crafts than big buckets of vibrant tie dye? Now that you're an adult, dipping things in dye is just as fun, but an indigo palette makes the end product super sophisticated. Get inspired by the tote bags created by the team over at Lia Griffith.

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Bubble art is guaranteed to make you feel like a kid again. Try this: Water down paint in a shallow bowl, insert the end of a straw into the mix, and blow a big pile of bubbles. To make your masterpiece, dunk your canvas into the bubbles. Get the full tutorial at Better Home and Gardens.

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Pouring concrete is definitely one of those things best done in a backyard (or at least on a balcony). Homey Oh My turned a slab of concrete into a classy serving tray by inserting long drawer handles into either end.

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No, that's not Photoshop—that's a giant popsicle piñata suspended in mid-air. The tutorial from Oh Happy Day doesn't even require papier maché, but the scale of the project and the candy that comes streaming out make this a good project to tackle outdoors.

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And in case you do want to get your hands dirty with some papier maché paste, these fruit bowls from Wellnesting are outrageously cute.

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Because spray-painting should always be done in a well-ventilated area, now's the time to get outside and start DIY-ing. Use a trick spotted in designer Leslie Shewring's studio on Decor8 and paint mismatched chairs in shades of a color.

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Here's the foolproof formula for making homemade paper: Pulse paper scraps and water in a blender, then pour the mixture through a filter made by stapling a mesh screen across a cheap wooden frame. Whatever doesn't filter through will become beautiful recycled paper once dry. You can also add wildflower seeds into the mix after blending to create plantable paper. Find the full tutorial at Lowe's.

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