4 Cool DIY Projects When It’s Way Too Hot

Summertime means free time for many of us, and when it’s super sweltering out, you can beat the heat by trying one of these cool DIY projects. Many of the supplies can be found at your neighborhood Goodwill store, so it’s a resourceful andaffordable way to get crafty!

Idea #1: Unconventional Planters

Who would’ve thought vintage coolers and coffee pump pots from Goodwill would make perfect planters?  @mid_centurymillenial sure did! Fun fact: Most coolers have built-in drainage, or you can easily drill a hole in the bottom of them. Talk about the perfect summer project that you can work on indoors if you have a mud room or sunroom where you can clean up easily afterwards.

Idea #2: Beaded Jewelry

Create your own custom design by repurposing a necklace or bracelet from Goodwill or with whatever costume jewelry you have around the house. If you don’t have any beads stashed away in your craft cubby, no worries! Lots of fabric stores offer a wide selection of assorted beads, and while you’re there, pick up some nylon beading thread — it’s super strong, lightweight, and available in a variety of thicknesses and colors.

Idea #3: Painted Rocks

Painted rocks make colorful garden accents, paperweights, or even hidden treasures for others to discover. The best part is that it’s a relatively inexpensive project for both children and adults! Start by collecting smooth rocks that are round or oval. Wash and dry them, then grab a paintbrush and get started on your design by using a weatherproof acrylic paint. Let rocks dry, then spray them with a clear acrylic sealer so your masterpieces stand the test of time.

Idea #4: Terrarium

Are you a sucker for succulents? Create a terrarium like @sedavis027 shared with us on Instagram! All you need is a wide and open glass container, which can be easily found at one of our Goodwill stores. Gather some pebbles, activated charcoal, moss, and potting soil, too.

First, start with a drainage layer to help keep water away from the plant’s roots. Place pebbles at the bottom, topped with one layer of each the following: activated charcoal, moss, and potting soil. Plant a succulent and there you have it — a terrarium that’s destined for your desk!

Happy summer project days! Share your crafty ideas with us by leaving a comment below.