I officially have 4 days left of work until the glorious days of summer begin! I will be working part time, but it will still be a much needed break from the usual routine. And with two extra hours added to each day by not commuting, I couldn’t help but brainstorm all of the DIY projects I’m hoping to complete this summer (read: actually crossing a few Pinterest items off the list!).
One of the biggest perks of living in a university town (besides being able to walk everywhere) is that come the end of May/early June, every college student in town is dumping their furniture at the Goodwill or other local thrift shops. We live pretty close to a thrift store, so I’ve been shopping every few days or so to score some treasures to turn into summer projects.
Here are a few of the DIY projects I’m hoping to accomplish this summer:
1. Mini Planters. We have a teeny tiny back porch attached to our townhouse that right now, is basically wasted space. I’d love to add a few small planters with the essential herbs + veggies to keep us going till winter.
2. Painted Folding Chairs. We have a pretty tiny living space as well, so we purchased a few folding chairs to use when we have company over. You know, the generic ugly metal folding chairs. So when I came across this pin, I knew I had to turn our chairs into cute, never-want-to-put-away side chairs. I actually started this project last weekend and can’t wait to share how they turn out!
3. Graduation Tassels Ornaments. I saw this pin last week and just about died. How simple but genius is this?? I love my graduation tassels but never know what to do with them, so they end up hanging on random shelves. These would make great presents too!
4. Mason Jar Tumblers. One of my coworkers’s husbands made one of these mason jar tumblers the other day, and I’ve been dying to try ever since. You can purchase them pre-made, but I have my eye on some pristine 50 cent mason jars at the Goodwill that should keep costs down!
5. Succulent Terrariums. I’ve set out to make these terrariums many weekends in the past, but somehow, have never completely got around to actually doing it. They would be a great addition to my summer decor and heck, I can’t kill a succulent, right? (Just don’t look at my bookcase…I’m just hoping that little guy comes back to life :( )
What’s on your summer DIY list?