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Summer D-I-Y Projects Fun in the Sun... D-I-Y Style

Its official… summer is here and in full swing! If the heat didn’t give it away, the cabin fever probably does! We have a few, simple and inexpensive at-home projects for you to do with your kids (and kids of all ages) to help make the days go by a little faster!

It’s a cooler. It’s a table. No, it’s both!

Keep your favorite summertime drinks cold and in an outdoor sitting area with this beverage table. You’ll need: metal bucket, wooden or all-weather (plastic) table, jigsaw and sand paper! Turn the metal bucket upside down and trace its opening in the center of your table. Measure in about ½ inch so the bucket won’t fall through. Wearing safety glasses, carefully cut out the circle with a jigsaw. Sand the inside and around the hole to smooth any sharp edges. Insert the bucket and fill with ice and drinks!

Get personal with place mats.

Before you throw out the newspapers, magazines and catalogs lying around the house, have your kids cut out items that represent something about themselves or things they like. Make a collage of pictures by gluing them onto a sheet of construction paper. Take their masterpiece to your local copy and print store to have them laminated. There you have it… personalized place mats!

Fun with paint… and it’s washable, too!

Here’s a twist on sidewalk chalk – and a great way to get the kids outside. Trust me, you won’t have to beg them to get off the couch when you tell them they can make a mess! Mix one part cornstarch with one part water, a few drops of different food colorings, and voila… washable sidewalk paint! Let the kids go crazy painting the driveway and sidewalks, and when they’re finished, simply hose down their masterpieces!

Hopefully these D-I-Y projects have inspired your creative juices and will help get you through the rest of the summer with the kids! How many days until school starts?!

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