Have the coolest summer ever with fun beach, camp, and outdoor crafts.
This outdoor art installation lets kids try a variety of tasks -- tie-dyeing, fabric ripping, and weaving.
With this simplified batik technique, kids can turn a plain T-shirt into a summery top that will brighten up even a rainy day.
Collect sand and shells for a magical craft that memorializes a trip to the beach.
This colorful, rinseable carryall is the perfect beach bag for kids -- great for packing up gear, collecting sandy treasures, or toting wet suits and towels.
Perched on their driftwood stand, these salty characters really dress up a child's night table or desktop.
Make Campfire Caps, fun hats for kids to wear while camping.
These tie-dyed T-shirts make a great party activity, take-home favor, and brilliant fashion statement all in one!
Let your kids have some fun with their very own cooky personalized shades.
There'll be no lamenting about the one that got away in this fish story. Cast right on the beach from plaster and assorted found treasures, this fine specimen makes a unique and lasting souvenir.
Girls will love making these Thumbprint Garden T-shirts that they can personalize.
These vibrant sticks are banded with six colors, one for each letter in the word friend.
Kids love this traditional Mexican yarn craft because of its fun weaving technique, and this framed variation is perfect for displaying your family's summer vacation mementos.
This take on a classic camp craft inspires your family members to create versions of themselves with natural treasures from your own backyard.
Help your child create a winsome window decoration using nature objects.
Here's a quick and easy way to turn a towel into a stylish cover-up for the beach and pool.
Three simple designs that lend personality to your postbox.
Use plaster of paris to preserve your kid's sandy treasures in a handy display.
A scrapbook that contains the memories of your exciting summer adventures deserves a cover with true grit -- such as this castle made of sandpaper.
Bone up on botany and save some mementos of summer by pressing plant leaves and petals.
Celebrate summer with these fanciful flower headdresses, called venki in Russian.
Transform seaweed into an undersea still life with this great summertime craft.
A variation on the age-old nature necklace, these wire-wrapped pendants are fun for kids to trade. Some girls paint their names on one side and their best friend's on the other, and wear them as a proclamation of their unbreakable bond.
Simply lay pieces of glue-soaked yarn onto a ball to make this loopy bowl.
Give all those treasures you find on your hikes a proper showcase with this simple mobile.
Slip into something cute and comfortable with these fabric-adorned flip-flops.
Like a friendly welcome sign, these smiling paper plates offer greetings to fellow campers and help kids remember whose tent is whose.
These colorful, perforated window decorations can really brighten up a room when sunlight shows through all the pinholes.
Take to the high seas with a trim little sailboat fashioned from a soda bottle.
To pull together the miscellany of summer, try sorting your smaller, more lightweight mementos in the clear pockets of a slide sleeve. It's a great way of saving summer keepsakes and memories.
Put a fanciful spin on your summer style with a paper pinwheel that can be donned as a twirling ring, a ponytail charm, a pin, or even a shoelace decoration.
Make your own collection of colorful gemstones from ordinary rocks and crayons.
It's hard to watch a boomerang soar off through the air and return to the thrower without imagining that some kind of magic is at work. In fact, it's not magic at all -- just physics taking flight.
Capture the shapes of natural objects on a summertime shirt
Personalize a favorite walking stick with a braided grip and wrist strap.
Take this toy for a run and watch it spin in the wind
This colorful crown makes a cool king or queen out of anyone -- especially when you give it a good squeeze.
Card stock and dry barley are used to make these sweet sand dollars.
Need a fun idea for a backyard party? Dip rubber spike balls in tempera paint, then toss them at a paper-covered wall to create monster-shaped splats. When the paint dries, draw on zany faces to make your mural come alive.
This cool contraption is lots of fun to watch in action!
This easy-to-make stamper lets you press one-of-a-kind designs onto paper or fabric fast. The capped cylinder -- we used a mailing tube for durability -- doubles as a storage container.
Woven Tie-Dye Wall
Solar Flare T-shirt
Waterproof Beach Bag
Thumbprint Garden T-Shirt
God's-Eye Memory Keeper
Personalized Nature Pals
Sandy Hand Mosaic
Sand Castle Scrapbook
Preserve Backyard Flowers
Seaweed Still Life
Spaghetti Yarn Bowl
Family Faces Totem Pole
Pierced Sun Catcher
Slide Sleeve Treasure Holder
Mini Pinwheel Charm
Walking Stick Grip
Paper Sand Dollars
Spiral-art Pendulum Pen
Super-sized Rolling Stamp