Crafts That Will Help You Keep Cool This Summer
From beach trips and longer days to popsicles and lounging by the pool, there are many reasons to love summer. The hotter weather, however, isn't always in our favor (especially when it means fast-melting ice cream and sweating as soon as you step out of the shower!). Luckily, there are plenty of fun and easy ways to keep cool outdoors.
For starters, if you do have a pool, consider inviting all your friends and throwing our flamingo-themed pool party (complete with bird-adorned straws to dress up icy cold beverages). There's also our glow-in-the-dark pool party where tiki torches and midnight swims meet fun neon glow sticks. Need more ideas and hosting tips? We've got the best ones here. If you're not near a pool, there's also our sweet summer sprinkler party ideas, adorable fish-themed towel favors included. Or consider hosting an equally festive Christmas-in-July bash where guests can hula around a coastal-themed tree and sip on cool candy cane cocktails. Another idea we love: Setting up a lemonade stand! This is a fun way to get little ones involved (and learning a bit about running a business) while helping to keep your fellow neighbors hydrated.
However you decided to stay cool this summer, we guarantee fighting the heat can still be fun. And to keep you inspired all season long, we've rounded up our favorite crafts, projects and handy how-tos to help! From water toys and sunny day essentials (like our beach towel totes and reversible sun hats) to party-hosting tips and ice-cold trick, read on for more ways to keep your cool.
Similar to tie-dye techniques (but much less messy!), ice-dying not only gives any fabric a stylish watercolor wash, but it's also guaranteed to cool you down. You'll need a wire rack, some powder dye, and ice cubs, plus anything you wish to color, like tote bags, cloth napkins, or t-shirts.
A classic summer activity, filling up a bucket of icy cold water balloons just got a whole lot easier thanks to one clever tool: ZURU's Bunch O Balloons.
Perfect for playtime outdoors, these heat-busters come together with just three sponges, scissors, and a bit of string. Pack them for a day at the beach or water park for super cool fun all day long.
Painted Paper Fans
Outdoor parties are especially fun, but they can also be uncomfortably steamy. To keep your guests from overheating, pass out handmade fans—trust us, they'll be grateful.
Bubble Gift Wrap
Set up little ones with this fun and colorful afternoon project. The bubbles they blow help create beautiful designs on everything from stationery to wrapping paper.
Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Guaranteed to keep kids entertained for hours, our easy DIY chalk paint is made with just three ingredients and is completely washable with water (should they decide to play in the sprinklers afterwards).
Beach-Towel Tote Bag
Stay dry on your next trip to the beach with this handy DIY. Plus, it has plenty of room for packing all your cool essentials, like shades, a sun hat, and a reusable water bottle.
Create a Canopy
Keep your patio cool all summer long with our guide to setting up your very own canopy (it's also easy to take down once the season comes to an end).
With this handy how-to, a drop cloth, and a few pieces of hardware, you can transform your backyard into a mini getaway where swinging in the breeze is the only thing on your to-do list.
Perk up any pair of flip-flops with a festive touch—a great activity for birthday parties or Fourth of July celebrations. Wearing them will keep you cool and looking great.