With kids out of school and longer sunny days on the horizon, summer is the perfect time to tackle a DIY project. For some inspiration, we turned to some of our favorite Colorado bloggers and businesses for DIY projects of all kinds, from home improvement ideas to interactive, kid-friendly crafts.
Block off an hour or two — or an entire day — to complete one of these DIY projects this summer. Happy crafting!
From Inspiration for Moms
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Create an attractive raised garden using pavers and a few other basic supplies with a little help from this detailed tutorial from Laura of Inspiration for Moms. Laura takes you through the process step by step, from creating the initial design and digging a trench to stacking the pavers and filling the bed with soil and plants. This is the perfect addition to any outdoor area, and you can personalize the shape and size to fit your yard. Plus, the garden can be filled with vegetables and fruits — or planted flowers if you prefer!
From TNT Home Improvements
If your wood deck needs a little TLC, now’s the time to whip it into shape. Loveland-based TNT Home Improvements has a plethora of helpful information about decks, siding, windows and other outdoor home improvement tips on their blog, including this guide to maintaining wood decks. This makeover makes a great weekend DIY project, so you can enjoy a clean deck all summer long — and so it remains healthy for many more summers to come!
From Pinot’s Palette
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This beloved paint studio in Fort Collins has gone virtual so the painting and sipping fun doesn’t have to stop! Pinot’s Palette has switched their regular class schedule to include all virtual classes, so you can get creative from the comfort of your home with a glass of wine in hand. Their studio artists will guide you step-by-step through the project; all you have to do is provide your own supplies — or pick up one of their take-home kits, if that is an option. The experience is completely interactive, which means you can ask the artists questions throughout the event. Classes range from $10–45 and cover a variety of designs.
From Magpies Market
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Magpies Boutique & Studio in Fort Collins is offering “art-to-go” bags, allowing you to stay creative at home. There are tons of summery projects to choose from, including a terrarium, plant hangers, a flower press, colorful artwork and more. Each bag comes with all the supplies needed to complete the project, and video tutorials are available for the more complex projects. Magpies is delivering their art-to-go bags just about anywhere in Northern Colorado.
From The Denver Housewife
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The kids will love helping with this project! Jamie of The Denver Housewife shared these adorable printable straw toppers from Shari’s Berries. Choose from the variety of designs, including animals, monsters, desserts and more, to add some color to your straws this summer. Plus, you will always be able to tell whose drink is whose!
From Building Our Story
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Sidewalk chalk is all the rage these days, as little ones have taken to the streets to spread positive messages to neighbors and passersby. Create your very own masterpiece on the driveway or sidewalk using Crayola Play Sand, which comes in pink, purple, blue and green. This tutorial from Censie of Building Our Story is very easy to recreate — all you need is three supplies and little ones to create the sidewalk art!
From Clarks Condensed
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We’re all about reusing and recycling here in Colorado — and so is Katie of Clarks Condensed. This upcycled homemade bird feeder is simple to make with kids, and you probably have most of the supplies on hand! Follow the instructions to create a cute bird feeder out of an empty toothpaste box.
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