Summer projects for outdoor fun

Recently while thinking about the summery fun I’m hoping to have with my family, I came across several ideas that I thought would be fun to try.
Firepit-in-15-MinutesEasy DIY Firepit — John got me one of these metal firepits for my birthday last summer, and we’re thinking it would be really fun to jazz it up with a rock surround like this one.  The one shown here takes 44 stones and about 15 minutes to put together– practically instant gratification!  Probably the most time consuming part of the project is making sure you begin with a level surface. Click on the photo to go to the blog and read the instructions.

Water BlobMake a Water Blob — I’d never even seen one of these until recently, but it looks like a fabulous way to entertain little ones who might be too small to play safely and happily in a swimming pool.  (All my grandbabies!)  Basically you seal the edges of a large painter’s tarp using an iron. (While ironing you use a layer of parchment paper between the iron and the tarp.)

sponge bombsSponge Bombs— This idea is something I might try for our annual 4th of July bash.  Filling water balloons takes SO much time, and these sponges can be filled and tossed over and over again.  I’m thinking about ten per person would keep a water fight good and lively, especially if you had buckets of water stashed all over the play area. Click on the photo to visit InnerChildFun and read the direct4th of July Flag Palletions.

Raise the Flag– Here’s a great use for an old pallet.  I think my 11 year old daughter and I would have fun painting this, and it would look awesome in the corner on our front porch.

Do you have any projects you’d like to try this summer?  Pinned anything interesting lately?


  1. We are going to paint as many flat rocks as we can find.
    Also we have been making wood stakes for vegetable garden to identify with each veggie having eyes, etc. (they are adorable) and will last forever. These are made with sturdy wood- formed in the shape of vegetable and painted as close to the veggie color as possible. We are having great fun.

  2. Kimberly says:

    We’ve done the sponges before with great success! We got zip ties and sponges at dollar tree.