Get inspired with 15 cool summer DIY projects, from unique hat racks to patriotic pillow covers. These projects will keep you busy all season.

I want to give a big shout-out and thank you to my friend Rachel at The Pond’s Farmhouse for bringing us all together today.

15 Cool DIY Summer Projects to Start this season.

15 Summer DIY Projects to Tackle this Summer

1. DIY License Plate Hat Rack and Wall Decor | Dabbling & Decorating

I found these old vanity Maine license plates in a family shed. Let me show you how I turned them into an adorable hat rack and wall decor. This project is super easy and really packs a fun DIY summer project punch!

License Plate Hat or Coat Rack DIY, Summer DIY Projects.

2. Fourth of July Craft – No Sew Patriotic Pillow Cover | The Ponds Farmhouse

The 4th of July is a time for celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with a patriotic pillow cover? Rachel shares this easy, no-sew Summer DIY project that can be customized to your liking.

Fourth of July No Sew Pillow, Summer DIY Projects

You may also enjoy these 16+ Vintage Patriotic Decor Unique Ideas.

3. DIY Outdoor Shower Curtain | White Arrows Home

Add a DIY curtain to an outdoor shower for privacy around an often-used patio space. I love this Summer DIY project idea!

DIY Outdoor Shower Curtain, Summer DIY Projects

4. An Outdoor DIY Summer Projects Tablescape Using Blues and Terracotta | The Tattered Pew

Need ideas for setting an outdoor summer table? This summer tablescape using touches of blues and terracotta is casual yet elegant as the sun sets and the colors change. Come see how easy it is to set a pretty summer table outdoors!

Blue and Terracotta Summer Tablescape

5. How to Make an Easy DIY Firepit Tabletop for Under $30 | Simply 2 Moms

Looking for a way to protect your firepit from the elements? Well, look no further than this easy DIY firepit tabletop cover! AnnMarie made this with just a few simple materials for about $25.

DIY Fire Pit Table Top Cover, Summer DIY Projects

6. How to Plant a Mosquito Repellent Garden | Stacy Ling Blog

Do you love summer nights outdoors but don’t love the bug bites that come with it? There’s a way to keep the bugs at bay by keeping certain plants nearby. Learn how to plant a mosquito-repellent garden in 7 easy steps.

Purple Flowers in Garden, Summer DIY Projects

You may also enjoy the post, White & Green Rustic Summer Flower Planters Sure To Charm You.

7. How to Create an Easy Patriotic Flower Pot | Cottage in the Mitten

Are you ready to celebrate the 4th of July? If you want an easy Summer DIY project, check out this simple patriotic flower pot you can create yourself! It’s perfect to use inside or out on your patio.

How to Create an Easy Patriotic Flower Pot. Summer DIY Projects

You may also enjoy the post, 9 Summer Porches You’ll Fall in Love With.

8. How to Paint a Checkerboard Floor | Peacock Ridge Farm

For an extra whimsical touch, create a timeless and beautiful checkerboard floor in your greenhouse. This DIY Summer project will teach you how to do it quickly and easily!

DIY Checkerboard Flooring black and white project

You may also enjoy How to Repurpose an Oil Lamp into a Unique Flowers Vase post.

9. DIY Summer Project Lake-Themed Patriotic Wreath | Create and Ponder

Looking for a fun and easy summer wreath idea? All you need is a few simple things to make this unique wreath to coordinate with your lake-themed summer decor. It will fit in perfectly with vintage skis or paddles and all those fun family water pictures! Here’s how to make a DIY Lake-Themed Patriotic Wreath.

DIY Lake-Themed Patriotic Wreath

10. DIY Rain Barrel on a Budget | Midwest Life and Style

Conserve water for your garden and add curb appeal to your outdoor living spaces with this easy step-by-step tutorial to build a DIY water barrel, such a fantastic Summer DIY project.

DIY Rain Barrel, Summer DIY Projects

11. How to Make an Obelisk | Thistlewood Farms

You will never believe what I made this garden obelisk from. Here’s a hint. You probably have one sitting in a closet. It’s a fun Summer DIY project that makes any planter even prettier.

DIY Obelisk on the porch

12. How to Make a DIY Summer Projects Door Basket | Eleanor Rose Home

A hanging summer door basket is a great way to add charm and beauty to your entrance while offering a refreshing change from the usual wreath. Here are 5 easy steps to make your own door basket for summer with vibrant Americana colors.

DIY Front Door Summer Basket with Flowers

13. Paper Mache Centerpiece Bowl Pottery Barn Dupe | Amy Sadler Designs

I wanted to see if I could make some of my favorite Pottery Barn looks for less! Here is my attempt at the Paper Mache Centerpiece Bowl from Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn Dupe Vase

14. Easy Ways to Age Terra Cotta Pots and Style Them | WM Design Home

Want to make your terra cotta pots look like they’ve been around for centuries? Try aging them with fertilizer, yogurt, or salt! These three methods offer a unique and easy way to achieve an aged look.

Aged Terracotta Pot Display

You may also be inspired by these 16 Easy Spring DIY Ideas You Can Start Today.

15. Easy DIY Summer Project: Coastal Mermaid Wreath Perfect for Your Front Door | Cottage on Bunker Hill

Are you looking for a new Summer wreath? If so, then you’ll love this mermaid wreath with a coastal touch. It’s perfect for your front door or beach house.

Coastal Mermaid Wreath

Bonus: Summer DIY Projects

You may also enjoy this How We Designed & Built A Pea Stone Patio in 2 Days post.

How We Designed & Built A Pea Stone Patio in 2 Days

I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed all of today’s summer projects and inspiration. Which one was your favorite?

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  1. So many fun projects and ideas! Thank you for sharing. I’m inspired to try several of these.

    1. Thanks Anna, I’m glad you enjoyed them!

  2. I love all of these fun summer projects. And your license plate rack is so unique. I think my grandparents used to have some old vanity plates in one of the sheds on their farm. I’m going to look next time I visit. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you Jen, oh you should. My father loved that tennis anyone vanity plate so it’s so fun to have it displayed today!

  3. A fun round-up with friends! I hope you have the best summer!

  4. Such a fun collection of creative summer ideas! Loved your repurposed license plate projects, Ann; especially because they were your Dad’s:)

    1. Can’t wait to try your fire pit cover, I’ll keep you posted:)

  5. So many great ideas here for summer! Your use of license plates is unique and so fun Ann! I hope you have a great summer.