10 Easy DIYs for Summer Break

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Every year at Design*Sponge we take a weeklong break from the office to relax and be with friends and family, so I’ve been thinking about what I want to get done during my break. I have a million work projects I should be doing, but I think my mind and body would appreciate if I took some time to cook, garden and make things instead. I’ve got a list of recipes I’m dying to try, but I wanted to round up some DIY projects that I knew would be quick and easy enough for everyone to do, even on the laziest summer day. So I gathered my favorites here and I hope they’ll inspire you to make something during the last dog days of summer. No complicated templates to follow, just 10 great ways to avoid the summer heat and too much TV time. Have fun! xo, grace

*Image above: our favorite cat toy ever! A simple DIY scratching post that uses inexpensive rope to lure frisky felines away from your furniture.

Click through for all 10 projects after the jump!

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DIY Stitched Front Door: Few things say “summer” like a screen door. This quick project lets you add a little decorative detailing to your door that won’t damage the screen or make any permanent changes. This would be so sweet for a backyard wedding to welcome guests.

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DIY Instagram Magnets: Everyone on our team is obsessed with Instagram these days, but it can be fun to turn your digital images into something more tangible. This project will result in a fridge full of moments that can remind you of a special trip, time with family and friends or your favorite pets.

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DIY Tree Branch Buttons: Who doesn’t love a little bit of nature in their everyday life? This project lets you turn any small branches that may have fallen in summer storms into cute buttons for your shirt or other decorative detailing. You could even use them to add tufting to an upholstered chair.

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DIY Painted Leather Sketchbook: One of my favorite things to do – when nobody’s looking – is draw. I had a pretty scary art teacher in college, so I always second guess my illustrative abilities. So when I have some downtime to myself, I like to sketch (or watercolor) in a little book. This project is a quick way to create a custom notebook you can sketch or draw in during summer walks (it would make a great gift, too).

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DIY Tape Stencil Stationery: I miss all the letters I used to write to and get from friends during summer camp, so making a few packages of handmade stationery to send them a nice note would be a great way to catch up. If you’ve got some painter’s tape and a stamp pad or two, you’re set!

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DIY Ombre Striped Pillow: Pink ombre always feels so summery and warm to me, so this project is a nice way to update your front porch (or any room) with a little dash of summer color.

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DIY Woven Balsa Wood Lamp: If your new ombre pillow inspires further home sprucing, this project is a great way to give an overlooked lampshade a little makeover.

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DIY Leather Envelope Phone Case: Skip the store and make your own phone case with a few stitches and folds.

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DIY Knotted Lamp Cord: If your hanging lights need a little update, inspired by classic camp crafts, just bring them onto the floor with you for a few hours of knotting and tying that will give them a whole new look.

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