Summer (and Beyond) DIY Art Projects For The Whole Family


If you’re looking for ways to stay busy inside, DIY summer art projects are a great way to entertain the kids and get them involved around the house. Little kids, older kids, young adults, and parents can all get in on the DIY action with a little inspiration. Plus, Goodwill is stocked with inexpensive supplies like photo frames, boxes, jars, and clothing just waiting to be upcycled in a creative way.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

It’s nice to have a fully-stocked arts and crafts closet in your home, but for most that’s not realistic. There are some basic tools that will serve you well when completing DIY art projects at home. Over the years, you’ll build up your supplies as you become a DIY pro.

Some beginner DIY project supplies include:

  • Paintbrushes
  • Paints
  • Basic tools like a hammer, screwdriver, and drill
  • Hanging hardware
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • String
  • Construction paper

DIY TECHNIQUES TO TRY

Painting is a great skill for all members of the family to learn. No matter what kind of paints you use, there are certain techniques that will help you develop your painting skills. Practice with basic acrylic paints on paper or on canvas. Mix colors to create other colors so you learn how to utilize your palette. Painting a home or a room is also a great life skill to hone during the summer. Learning how to use a large paintbrush, cutting edges, and holding a steady hand are great techniques for teenagers and adults to have for when they own their own home later in life.

More advanced DIY projects fall into a variety of categories. In traditional arts and crafts, you might try knitting or sewing as a more advanced project. Taking a class or reading a book on how to master this skill will serve you best, but practice makes perfect when it comes to doing it yourself. Once you’ve gotten the hang of knitting and sewing, you can make a variety of things yourself including clothes, blankets, curtains, and even costumes.

Many DIY techniques fall into the home improvement category. Sprucing things up around the house does not come naturally for most people who didn’t grow up in a DIY household. Decorating a house can be expensive, but when you adopt a do-it-yourself attitude, you can save a lot of money. Everything from refinishing furniture to creating your own artwork is a great DIY project the whole family can help with.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY PROJECTS TO START

Start your DIY project journey with something simple.

Recycled Canvas Art
Head to Goodwill for a shopping trip and spend some time in the artwork and household section. Most stores have a great selection of old canvas artwork, which is perfect for an upcycled DIY project. The whole family can take on a project like this. Once you select what you want to paint, choose your paint colors. If you’re doing this DIY art project with your kids, encourage them to paint something simple like a piece of fruit or a family portrait.

Outdoor Chalk Art
Outdoor chalk has gained tremendous popularity again in the last few years among kids and families. It’s a simple DIY art project to do on a weekend and is also a fun project for a birthday or other special occasion. With new products like spray chalk and liquid chalk, in addition to traditional chalk pieces, chalk art isn’t just about making a hopscotch game anymore. Some people even use stencils for added artistic perfection.

Family Handprint Shirts
One summer DIY art project ideal for family reunions and little kids is to create family handprint shirts. It’s also a fun keepsake! Goodwill will have white t-shirts perfect for this project. Then all you need is some colorful paint. Simply dip your hand in some paint and press it onto the shirt. You can write your name and the year next to each handprint as a special memory. This is a fun project for the whole family, plus you can wear your shirts all year long.

KIDS PROJECTS FOR SUMMERTIME

Kids Room Wall Mural
A fun project for bigger kids to take part in is to help paint a mural in their room. It’s a great DIY project for summer since it may take you a few days or a week to complete. You and your child can choose some inspiration together. Look in magazines or online for artwork or patterns that you like or that matches the look of the room. Print it out and pin it up in the room. Then, start painting! The great thing about this DIY project is that it’s an inexpensive way to refresh a child’s room and is a fun way to get them involved.

School Artwork Keepsake Box
For little kids who do a lot of crafts and artwork at school, it’s nice to have somewhere to keep them so your child can have them later in life to show their own kids. Many Goodwill stores are stocked with keepsake-style boxes perfect for this project. Set out the supplies and let your child decorate the box however they want. This project can also be done with a glass jar to create a keepsake jar for smaller mementos.

DIY ART PROJECTS FOR HOME

For older kids and parents, doing DIY projects around the house is a great summertime activity.

Repaint a Dresser
Find a sturdy dresser at Goodwill that needs a little love. Sand it down and then repaint it one color or get creative with a fun pattern or stencil. What an easy and inexpensive way to add a piece of furniture to your home. Plus, you’ll teach your kids that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to have fun and create a beautiful home.

Spray Paint Baskets
For those looking for home decor accessories that are inexpensive but look great, a DIY project is just the answer. Simply find a bunch of baskets at Goodwill–small, medium, big, and a variety of styles. Then choose a spray paint color that will match your home decor. Paint all the baskets one color. The uniform color will create a cohesive look among the baskets, ideal for decorating and styling your home.

Ready to get crafting? Find a Goodwill location near you and start hunting for DIY art supplies!

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