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20 Summer Camp Crafts

Were you a summer camp kid? If so, remember making a god’s eye out of popsicle sticks and yarn or lanyard friendship bracelets?

As a kid I only got to go to the one week long afternoon summer camps, but deep inside I yearned to go to a summer long camp away from home where I just knew I was destined to run into my long lost twin (I watched Parent Trap way too many times).

Whether you are hosting a summer camp or just looking for some fun new crafts these 20 Summer Camp Crafts are just for you. Start by making simple butterflies out of toilet paper rolls for the young ones and spend an afternoon launching marshmallows in a custom made catapult for the older ones. Check out these ideas and more right here …

1. God’s Eye

Image Source: Pretty Prudent
Image Source: Pretty Prudent

Here is a summer camp craft that has survived through the ages.
Find out more at Pretty Prudent

2. Bird Feeders

Image Source: Pretty Prudent
Image Source: Pretty Prudent

Have a blast using cookie cutters to make different shaped bird feeders.
Get the tutorial at Pretty Prudent

3. Pinwheels

Make some pinwheels and watch them catch the wind.
Get the tutorial at Create Studio

4. Friendship Lanyards

Image Source: Honestly WTF
Image Source: Honestly WTF

This a fun activity for the older kids. Don’t you remember making lanyards and lanyard necklaces?
Get the tutorial at Honestly WTF…

5. Paper Plate Dream Catcher

Decorate a paper plate and thread yarn through it to make a colorful dream catcher.
Get the tutorial at 4 Crazy Kings

6. Panning for Gold

Image Source: One Charming Party
Image Source: One Charming Party

Fill a kiddie pool with sand and gold spray painted gravel. After the kids are done panning for gold let them turn it in for treats.
Find out more at One Charming Party

7. Leaf Art

Image Source: Kleas
Image Source: Kleas

Go on a nature walk with the kids and use the leaves you have collected to make art.
Get the tutorial at Kleas

8. Monster Bookmarks

Talk about their favorite books and then make monster bookmarks.
Get the tutorial at Oh! Crafts

9. Kaleidoscope Craft

Image Source: Skip to My Lou
Image Source: Skip to My Lou

Each kid can make their own unique kaleidoscope to look through.
Get the tutorial at Skip to My Lou

10. Sock Puppets

Image Source: Skip to My Lou
Image Source: Skip to My Lou

Make quirky sock puppets and then put on a puppet show at the end of camp.
Check it out at Skip to My Lou

11. T-Shirt Bracelets

Image Source: Hello Glow
Image Source: Hello Glow

Here is a fun craft that yes, even the boys could make too.
Check it out at Hello Glow

12. Water Bottle Carrier

Image Source: Crafts by Amanda
Image Source: Crafts by Amanda

This foam water bottle carrier is perfect for summer hikes.
Get the tutorial at Crafts by Amanda

13. Crayons

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Image Source: Pretty Prudent

Spend an afternoon making your own crayons to use for the rest of the camp.
Check it out at Pretty Prudent

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14. Coffee Filter Butterflies

Image Source: Wren Handmade
Image Source: Wren Handmade

Paint coffee filters and clothespins to make these pretty butterflies.
Check it out at Wren Handmade

15. Plastic Jump Rope

Use plastic bags braided together to make this awesome waterproof jump rope.
Get the tutorial at A Childhood List

16. Kid Art Trivets

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Image Source: Pretty Prudent

End summer camp with a keepsake they can use for years.
Check it out at Pretty Prudent

17. Glow Lanterns

Image Source: Lil Blue Boo
Image Source: Lil Blue Boo

If you are hosting a summer camp that runs through the night, these glow lanterns are perfect to use for a nighttime walk.
Find out more at Lil Blue Boo

18. Toilet Paper Roll Butterflies

Image Source: Bo Bunny
Image Source: Bo Bunny

This is a fun and colorful project to add to the mix and most kids can do it all on their own.
Check it out at Bo Bunny

19. Sharpie Tie Dye

Avoid the big mess that can come with kids and tie-dye by using sharpies.
Get the tutorial at Moments with Maisie

20. Tin Can Telephones

Image Source: Crafts by Amanda
Image Source: Crafts by Amanda

Lose the iPhone, tin can telephones is where it’s at.
Find out more at Crafts by Amanda

21. Water Bombs

Escape the summer heat with water bombs.
Find out more at Positively Splendid

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