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5 DIY Projects to Beat the Heat

5 DIY Projects to Beat the Heat

Summer is an anticipated and celebrated season for many people, especially after winter. But let's face it—summer days can be hot and sometimes uncomfortable. We're here to help you make the most of this sunny season! Check out our list of five do-it-yourself projects to beat the heat this summer.

1. Homemade Sprinkler

Kids will love this simple sprinkler, and they might even be able to help put it together. All you need is an empty two-liter soda bottle, a knife, duct tape, and a hose. At the end of their tutorial, Green Kids Crafts also shares some fun activities using the sprinkler. You'll be cooling off in no time!

DIY sprinkler.

Photo from Green Kid Crafts


2. Upcycled Beverage Station

This beverage station is the ultimate summer upcycle. See the step-by-step guide and start planning your project! This DIY piece will be the perfect addition (and conversation starter) for your next party or barbeque.

Beverage station made from door.


Patio umbrella with planter.3. Easy Umbrella Stand and Planter

Imagine sitting in the shade, sipping your favorite cold beverage next to colorful flowers. If that sounds like the perfect summer afternoon, you'll want to make this dual-purpose project: an umbrella stand that doubles as a planter.

Photo from Home Depot


4. A-Frame Tent for Kids

Here's another idea the kids in your life are sure to enjoy! Make a simple a-frame tent to provide shade and space for outdoor play and activities. The fabric options are endless, from summer-inspired patterns to favorite colors or cartoon characters.

A-frame tent for kids.

Photo from mycakies.com


5. Cozy Pallet Swing

This project takes more time, planning, materials, and effort—but the end result is definitely worth it. Bonus: A porch swing made from pallets is affordable. Doesn't it look perfect for napping, reading, or catching up with a friend on a nice summer day? Get all the DIY info here!

Porch swing made from pallet.

Photo from Grillo Designs


Seize the (Summer) Day

Ready to give one—or more—of these DIY projects a try? Make sure to sign up for Hot Deals to get the latest sales, and then visit ReStore in Minneapolis or New Brighton to shop for supplies. Hopefully these fun, creative ideas will help you enjoy summer while it lasts! 

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Jan at the WCCO studio.

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