25 Fun DIY Projects to Make You Smile

Ever made anything just because it looked fun? Or just for fun? Sometimes I do, especially when boredom kicks in during these long summer days. I ran into a few project ideas recently that certainly fall under the “fun” umbrella. From a simple stir stick DIY to making a concrete pendant lamp, here’s a few do-it-yourself projects sure to make you smile.

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  • Make Photographic Fabric 2 of 26
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    Using Inkodye (a permanent, water-based dye that develops its color in sunlight), How About Orange made this photographic fabric pouch.

    See more at: How About Orange

  • DIY Bamboo Ladder 3 of 26
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    Make this cute ladder using bamboo sticks ($7 at Michaels) and a little twine.

    See more at: A Bird's Leap.

  • DIY Scrap Paper Library 4 of 26
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    A bright and cheery project to corral the chaos! This is a cool way to store your scrap paper.

    More info at: Damask Love.

  • DIY Telephone Bookends 5 of 26
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    A cute and clever bookends project using retro telephone receivers.

    By Erin and Stefanie, from Oh So Lovely. Get the how-to at: A Beautiful Mess.

  • DIY Printable Thank You Card 6 of 26
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    Print out this adorable card and give it to a friend you think is a gem.

    Get the printable at: Lovely Indeed.

  • Upcycle Jean Cut Offs 7 of 26
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    Upcycle a pair of jeans with a little bleach and black paint.  An easy and adorable project for a summer weekend.

    Get the how to at: Pearmama

  • DIY Beach Ball Drink Stirrers 8 of 26
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    A cute little entertaining project. Make some drink stirrers with this clever idea.

    Get the how-to at Studio DIY.

  • Concrete Pendant Lamps 9 of 26
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    A clever light pendant idea using plastic bottles and cement.

    Get the instructions at: Brit + Co.

  • Printable Envelopes 10 of 26
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    Print this gift card envelope and give to a special friend.

    Printable from Love vs. Design

  • Root Beer Float Party + Soda Fountain Hats DIY 11 of 26
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    Throw a root beer party with this idea from Oh Happy Day.

    Click here for the how-to.

  • Lucky Plant Gift 12 of 26
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    A simple idea to give away as a gift.

    Get the how-to from Martha Stewart.

  • DIY Hot Dog Garland 13 of 26
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    A cute little template to make these hot dog garlands.

    More info at: A Pair of Pears.

  • Weather Resistant Journal 14 of 26
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    A simply bound book gets a coat of beeswax to make this a weather resistant journal project.

    Get the how-to from: Design Sponge

  • Personalized Honey Jar 15 of 26
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    Recycle interesting shaped glass bottles into pretty personalized honey jars. Great as gifts!
    Get the how to at: Design Sponge

  • Driftwood Clothes Hanger 16 of 26
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    A simple and fun to make clothes hanger DIY using driftwood from the beach!
    Get the how to at: Design Sponge

  • DIY Floor Pillow 17 of 26
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    This is a cute and simple project for a DIY floor pillow. Plus pom poms are instant fun!
    Get the how to at: A Merry Thought

  • Macrame Necklace 18 of 26
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    Make this adorable macrame necklace that includes a little fun dip dye action!
    Get the how to at: A Merry Thought

  • Rope Shelves DIY Project 19 of 26
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    Spiffy up the kitchen (or any room really) with this cute rope and board shelf project.
    Get the how to at: Design Sponge

  • Fun Flag Tote 20 of 26
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    Enamored with the nautical trend this season? Then maybe a fun nautical flag-themed tote is in your future.
    Get the how-to at: Design Sponge

  • Copper Painted Bottles 21 of 26
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    The painted bottles project has been over and around the internet, but have you seen them in copper? Nice idea from the ladies at A Beautiful Mess.
    Get the how to here!

  • DIY Clay Birdfeeder 22 of 26
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    A fun project to make with the kids. A DIY clay birdfeeder that might even feed a few squirrels too!
    Get the instructions from Henry Happened.

  • Wrapping Paper Covered Books 23 of 26
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    A cute little DIY project that is simple yet looks so amazing!
    Get the idea from Hello Home

  • DIY Soap on a Rope! 24 of 26
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    Soap making just seems so fun, have you ever tried? This simple mint soap on a rope looks easy enough!

    Get the how-to at Hello Home!

  • DIY Woodland Bookends 25 of 26
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    Another fun little project, these little bookends (Anthropologie-style) makes for a fun conversation piece.

    Get the how-to at Hello Home.

  • 5 Minute Washi Tape Makeover 26 of 26
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    Spiffy up a pair of dollar store garden tools with this clever 5 minute fix!
    Get the info at Hello Home

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