Modern Macramé & To-Die-For Tie Dye: 15 Camp Crafts, All Grown Up

published Jul 26, 2016
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If the summer’s got you in the mood to lanyard it up and tie dye everything you own, we say go for it. Here are 15 camp kid blasts from the pasts, perfect for your current, grownup home.

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This is project that requires a kit, though I think you could probably source the materials yourself at a well-stocked fabric/notions shop. The adjustable closure means you can take them off easily, a huge improvement on the ones we wore all summer until they got all ratty and gross.

Inspired by lanyards and friendship bracelets, this DIY has the kind of over-the-top, more-is-more approach that is irresistible to magpies and maximalists of any age.

Speaking of more-is-more, this tutorial involves tiny hot dogs, disco balls, popsicles, and all sorts of other adorableness. Adorn yourself and all your besties!

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These baskets are allegedly for Easter, but I think you can keep yourself—and your kids—busy all summer long making these little minimalist beauties.

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If any sort of tie dye is still a hippie bridge too far for you, dip dying is the way to go.

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I recently put together an entire post about modern takes on sand art, but here’s a bonus project featuring brightly painted faux succulents.

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Two in one! The oft-maligned macramé is updated with an ombre dye-job, for a feeder that’s far more sophisticated than peanut butter on a pinecone.

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Keep your camera safe whilst documenting all your summertime fun with this elegant strap created in your current favorite color.

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Lanyards gone classy! This project could also make for a lovely keychain.

Up the macramé ante with gold sequin trim!

Now this is a camp craft that your parents would love to receive!

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Speaking of a coveted gift—these are so sweet, and they’d make the recipient think of you every time they use their keys.

Another two-fer! Make some wildly swirled marshmallows and then head out to the campfire (or broiler).

This project calls for a $30 indigo kit from Yellow Owl Workshop—pricier than your standard drugstore dye, but the lack of mess might be worth it.