52 Boho Crafts for Festival Season

Summertime means festivals, and festivals mean a variety of unique sights and sounds. People often show off their personal style during Coachella and other music and arts festivals. This summer, many folks are choosing to go boho with their wardrobe.

52 Boho Crafts for Festival Season

52 Boho Crafts for Festival Season

What is boho, you ask? When I think of the word “boho,” I think of the way a stream moves: free-flowing and breezy. Bohemian clothing often includes loose-fitting tops and lightweight skirts made from organic fabrics to be mindful of the environment. It also tends to include a lot of jewelry and embellishments.

Not surprisingly, the Bohemian style originated in France. Pier 1 Imports describes it this way: “Popularized in Revolutionary France, the Bohemians expressed their creativity in the way they lived and looked. Discover a world of damask, paisley, and other patterns. Dive into a field of color and uncover global accents that express your one-of-a-kind style.”

In America, the Bohemian style went big during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Fashion icons like Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, and Cher popularized the hippie, free-spirited look with their flowing peasant tops and layers of beaded accessories.

Taking a cue from these icons, I’ve compiled a list of 52 Boho Crafts for Festival Season that would be perfect for you to make and wear this summer. Check it out below and get started crafting!

Wearable Crafts

Vintage is in! You’ll love these Bohemian clothes and accessories. From maxi dresses to scarves to peasant tops, everyone can find something that they’ll enjoy wearing this summer.

DIY Jewelry and Accessories

Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, midi rings – if it’s beaded, you can bet it’s Bohemian! Check out these amazing beaded accessories to go with any outfit.

More Boho Crafts

Boho isn’t just a way you dress – it’s how you live! Try some of these home decor ideas to make your house boho chic.

 

What events will you be attending this summer in boho chic?

Home on the Range: 19 Country Western-Inspired Crafts and Recipes

While I certainly would never claim to be a country girl, I have to admit that I’ve always been captivated by all things Western. The cowboys, old black and white Westerns, the beauty of the American Southwest, all of it. So while you may be a city slicker like me, you can still channel a fun Country Western vibe with this list of summer crafts and recipes, all geared toward letting your inner cowgirl out into the open.

I’ve complied the best Southwestern recipes that are perfect for a summer cookout, from adorable dessert recipes to easy-to-make alcoholic drinks. If you’re new to playing bartender, then you should definitely check out this super handy how-to guide for making cocktails and other drinks. If you’re less of a mess cook and have more of a crafty side, then you’re totally covered. I’ve included denim crafts, yard and garden projects, and other awesome DIY home decor ideas that will let you totally trick out your homestead.

Be sure to comment below and let me know your favorite cowboy-inspired crafts and recipes. Saddle up and get ready, because I know you’ll love these easy craft ideas and yummy recipes.

Home on the Range - 19 Country Western-Inspired Crafts and Recipes

Home on the Range: 19 Country Western-Inspired Crafts and Recipes

 Cowboy Crafts: Rustic-Inspired DIY Projects

Cowboy Boot DIY Planters

These boots were made for planting!

Salsa Can Recycled Planters

A wonderful recycled craft project that your family will love!

Saloon-Worthy Drinks and Southwest Recipes

Desert Desserts Cactus Cupcakes

Tasty + adorable = the perfect desert dessert combo!

San Antonio Margarita Recipe

The perfect compliment to warm summer weather!

What are your favorite Country Western crafts and recipes? Leave a comment below!

Beachy Cord Necklace

Around where I live, the scorching summer is now slowly fading and the monsoons are gaining momentum. In my opinion, this is a period when beaches are at their very best. Blue, clean and quite lovely! If you can afford a trip to a beach resort, there is nothing like it, but for others like me, a trip to the local beach can be as equally fulfilling. Talking of beach resorts, the first thing that comes to my mind, apart from long lazy walks on the beach, are the roaring parties that happen at night. How do you dress up for those?

Cute shorts or a sundress topped with beads are the cliche looks, but tanks or spaghetti tops with sarongs are a good bet too, particularly when paired with a little dressy jewelry that has a nautical touch with a hint of bling. Jewelry with cords, some pearls and shells and something metallic. Like this Beachy cord necklace – light weight, colorful and fun! This is an easy homemade necklace tutorial that is sure to have your friends begging you to make them one also. It’s a lightweight chain necklace with pretty accent beads and bright colors.

 Beachy Cord Necklace

by Divya N

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Materials

  1.  5mm sand round braided cord
  2. Silver Gota ribbon(Stitched metallic Indian Lace)
  3. Felt (color of your choice)
  4. 1″ acrylic pearl cabochon
  5. 12mm green glass round bead-1
  6. 14mm acrylic purple barrel bead with rims -1
  7. 14mm Pink and green dutone glass crystal bead -1
  8. Looped pearl chain -1 (36 inches long)
  9. Lobster clasp in brass -2
  10. Brass jumprings -2
  11. Brass eyepin -2
  12. E6000 or rubber adhesive

Tools – Round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, wire cutters and scissors

Method

1. Coil the braided cord, gluing the starting edge to the second round of the cord.
2. Glue a cabochon on to the spiral to cover both ends of the cord. Let it dry.
3. Once dry, flip over and glue the gota strip around the circumference of the spiral. Remember that the spiral itself is not glued to be gentle.

beachy cord necklace

4. Measure the circumference of the spiral and cut out a circular piece of felt in the color of your choice.

5. Make the loop of an eyepin bigger so that it can be used with a clasp.

6. Spread glue all over the back of your spiral and place an eyepin with the loop facing the top, wherever you want to hang the pendant from. Glue the felt circle on top, sandwiching the eyepin. Let it dry for a good 15-30 minutes depending on the glue that you have used, until it becomes strong.

7. Cut you looped pearl chain into two. To both ends add lobsters clasps using jump rings. This makes you pendant detachable.

8. Add a green glass bead, followed by a purple barrel followed by a faceted crystal on an eyepin and create a loop that is big enough to be used with a clasp. Loop the other end to the eyepin already glued to the pendant

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Clasp both closures, one to the eyepin with beads and other to the eyepin on the pendant. You necklace is now complete. Since the pendant is detachable, you can simply use the pendant with any other chain that has two claps or you can use the chain with any other pendant that simply has a ring. As a variation try, spiraling chain to create your Spiral pendant instead of using cord.

So how are you going to accessorize your beach look?

How to Make a DIY Flower: 7 Sunflower Craft Ideas

There’s nothing like a lovely sunflower craft to ensure your home will be bright and summery even on cloudy August days. The best things about DIY flowers? They never die, AND you can make them out of nearly any crafting material. Do you some lovely yellow felt sitting around, or sunny crepe paper? Then you’re going to love this list of sunflower crafts from a group of bloggers we’re sure you’ll love even more.

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Summer Flower Craft Projects

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1. Clothespin Sunflower from About Family Crafts

2. Sunflower Pops Snack Recipe from The Decorated Cookie

3. Crepe Paper Sunflower from eHow

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4. Sunflower Photograph Bouquet from Simply Kelly Designs

5. Polymer Clay Sunflower Magnets from Polymer Clay Workshop

6. Felted Sunflower Pillow from Fab Your Bliss

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7. Boho Chic Sunflower Headband from The Chic Country Girl

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Which sunflower craft will YOU choose to brighten up your home with?

20 Easy Summer Crafts for Kids

Summer Crafts for Kids

Summer is such a fantastic time for crafting with kids because without homework, they have extra time to get outside to work on summer projects and try easy science experiments. Best of all, doing crafts with your kids is a great way to get the entire family together.

Not sure what to make? Craft ideas for kids are so much fun to search for. I know, because I took care of it for you! I found crafts using recycled items, I found crafts using paint, I even found easy crafts for kids that light up. Your summer is gonna rock!

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Summer Crafts For Kids

1.A fun flower embellishment for your summer sandals from FaveCrafts
2.A pair of plain shoes freshened up with brightly colored tie dye from FaveCrafts
3.A simple dreamcatcher that will chase the bad dreams away from A Little Craft In Your Day
4.A plain t-shirt made colorful and cute with sponge painting from A Little Craft In Your Day
5.A pretty and handy sticky note memo holder from Creative Cyn Chronicity
6.Kids’ tasty lip gloss made with powdered drink mix from Adventures In All Things Food
7.An aquarium from of a mason jar from Hello Wonderful
8.A super fun bouncy ball that really does bounce from My Frugal Adventures
9. Adorable fireflies that really light up from Apartment Therapy
10. A recycled soda bottle mini garden pet from Beautiful Home and Garden
11. Homemade sidewalk chalk that you can then create more art with from Princess and Pinky Girl
12. A sea-faring whale made of egg cartons from I Heart Crafty Things
13. A plastic bag and a plastic bottle transformed into a jellyfish in a bottle from Bhoom Play
14. Paper tube confetti launchers from Piikea Street
15.A colorful and trendy metal washer pendant from Small For Big from Small For Big
16. A glass gem sun catcher craft from Kids Activity Blog
17. Tin can wind chimes from A Girl and a Glue Gun
18. Squirt gun painting from Fire Flies and Mud Pies
19. Buggles in a tin travel toy from Pebbles and Piggy Tails
20. Sand casting at the beach from Artful Parent

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Are there any other easy crafts for kids you’d like to share! Write about them in the comment box below!

 

15 Ways to Bring the Beach Home

When I was younger, the first week of August was usually when our family would head off for a vacation. During my adolescent and teen years, , we often ended up at the same beach-side hotel in Fort Lauderdale, FL. My mom’s favorite activity was collecting shells in a plastic bag – she would gather up her stash and show us her findings at the end of the day. While a plastic bag is a convenient means of storage, there are so many (better) crafty options. This got me thinking – there must be people just like my mom who love to collect shells and other keepsakes but don’t know what to do next. Alternatively, there are plenty of DIY lovers who can’t get to the beach (that’s where your local craft store come in). Now you can bring the beach home and create the ultimate summer crafts.

Don’t worry yarn lovers – we haven’t forgotten about you. Bring out the best aspects of the beach in your afghan, scarf and wall decor designs. Cool colors and soft ripples turn an otherwise normal crochet or knitting pattern into a work of art. Ready to head to the beach? Leave the sunblock at home – you won’t need it for these genius DIY ideas.

 

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Beach-Inspired Summer Craft Ideas

As mentioned earlier, you don’t have to hit the beach to find the best items for your summer crafts. Craft stores supply everything from shells to sand, so head to your favorite shop and get to work. Use the beach as inspiration when you crochet your next scarf or construct your next wreath. Fun summer crafts like these never go out of style, so you can leave them up well into the fall.

 

Super Fun Crafts With Shells

Seashells aren’t just meant to be displayed in a jar or on a plate. Instead, use them for your craft projects. Use regular glue, decoupage and other adhesives to add colorful, iridescent seashells to your DIY designs. The added dimension adds depth and excitement to any handmade piece.

 

 

 

 What’s your favorite summer memory?

 

Dog Days of Summer: Dog Themed Papercrafting Inspiration

This post is brought to you by Martha Bonneau from Panda Eight.

July 3rd through August 11th brings us what is known as the “Dog Days of Summer”.  We see the warmest temperatures of the year as Sirius, the Dog Star, rises and sets with the sun each day. When you say “Dog Days of Summer,” I think of heat, heat and more heat!  The air conditioning is running constantly and I am looking for ways to cool down.  What better way to beat the heat than to stay in and do a little papercrafting inspired by the namesake of the Dog Days, man’s (and woman’s!) best friend: your family dog.

Dog Themed Papercrafting Inspiration

Dog Days of Summer-Dog Themed Papercrafting Inspiration

Dog Scraps

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If you are like me, your pet is a part of your family and you want to include them in your memory keeping.  Here are ideas on how to incorporate them into your scrapbook layouts and pocket page projects.

Layouts by Melissa

Rosie Layout

A Day in the Life of a Dog Projects

Pocket Page Inspiration

Pocket Page Printable

Card Making Ideas for the Dogs

Dog Days Card Pic
Every dog has its day and its card, so find handcrafted card inspiration for ruff days and happy ones too.  These cards are perfect for your pet-loving friends and family.

Preppy Pups

Feeling Ruff

Happy Day

Happy Puppies

Hot Dog

DIY Doggie Décor

Dog Days Doggie Decor Pic
Make room over your mantel because with these easy-to-follow papercrafting tutorials, you will be able to create home décor projects that are individualized with your pet’s portrait.

Pop Art Pet Portrait

Dog Silhouette

A Pack of Printables

Dog Days Printable Pic

Check out these free printable straw tags and cupcake toppers for the party animals! Wrapping paper, note cards, and wall art as well as paper crafting projects featuring several breeds are included in the links below.  Homemade papercrafting has never been easier!

Let’s Paw-ty Straw Toppers

Doggie Party

Lunch Box Love Notes

Dog Park Note Cards

Wrapping Paper

Set of 4 Dog Prints

For The Love of Dogs Print Set

Must Love Dogs Printable Art & Labels

Tramp The Dog Paper Toy

 

Are you a cat or a dog person?

 

Your DIY Jewelry Summer Bucket List

Everyone should have a summer bucket list, so AllFreeJewelryMaking has put together a DIY jewelry bucket list for you to complete throughout the rest of your summer.  With this list of ten stunning summer jewelry crafts, you will not only learn what are hot pieces right now, but also how to craft the always popular summer jewelry pieces.

Your DIY Jewelry Summer Bucket List

Your Summer Bucket List

1. Become thrifty

Yes, that is right. There is nothing wrong with being thrifty, especially when it is fun. Try making any one of our Delightful Dollar Store Crafts: 20 DIY Jewelry Projects or budget-friendly crafts. You can also follow this quick 10 Minute Scrapped Bracelet tutorial for a chic look.

10 Minute Scrapped Bracelet

10 Minute Scrapped Bracelet

 

2. Think vintage

Vintage jewelry is always popular but it is not always easy to make DIY vintage jewelry pieces. So, as your second point on your summer bucket list, try one or all of the projects on our list of 15 Vintage Jewelry Patterns. If you only have a few minutes while your kids are at swim practice, then you can make this gorgeous 5 Minute Vintage Cuff instead.

5 Minute Vintage Cuff

5 Minute Vintage Cuff

 

3. Cherish memories

You have not mastered the art of DIY summer bracelet making until you have made one of these projects from our free eBook, How to Make Friendship Bracelets: 12 Fun Friendship Bracelet Patterns! After, mastering the projects in this eBook, teach your daughters by using this cute Chained Together Friendship Bracelets tutorial.

Chained Together Friendship Bracelets

Chained Together Friendship Bracelets

 

4. Get some color

The best way to do this is to dye your jewelry, not tan it. Learn how to to tie-dye jewelry with this Colorful Tie-Dyed Jewelry project; or, get your color naturally with the Blackberry Dyed DIY Necklace

Blackberry Dyed DIY Necklace

Blackberry Dyed DIY Necklace

5. Get in shape

Bring some movement to your appearance with this Burnished Copper Necklace or any of these cute Geometric Bead Rings.

Burnished Copper Necklace

Burnished Copper Necklace

6. Go green

Start recycling and upcycling your jewelry with this Ocean Stones Statement Necklace or any of these Chic Recycled Crafts: 14 Recycled Jewelry Tutorials.

Ocean Stones Statement Necklace

Ocean Stones Statement Necklace

7. Master braids

Learn how to braid with these 35 Braided Jewelry Patterns: How to Kumihimo, Fishtail Braid, Box Braid and More. After you learn those, you will be ready to make a summer hemp bracelet, like this Beaded Hemp Wrap Bracelet.

Beaded Hemp Wrap Bracelet

Beaded Hemp Wrap Bracelet

8. Bring the charm

Mastering the art of an elegant and simple charm bracelets takes skill. Try making this Simply Sleek Leather Charm Bracelet and these adorable Cute Candy Charm DIY Jewelry pieces.

Cute Candy Charm DIY Jewelry

Cute Candy Charm DIY Jewelry

9. Make Statements

Statement jewelry pieces are stylish this summer, so learn if they are for you by designing the Black Velvet Statement Necklace or the Striking Fringe Statement Necklace.

Striking Fringe Statement Necklace

Striking Fringe Statement Necklace

 

10. Do KNOT give up

When beading, chaining, or wiring gets hard, do not give up. Instead take a break and make some knotted projects, like this Nautical Knot Necklace and these DIY Love Knot Jewelry pieces.

Nautical Knot Necklace

Nautical Knot Necklace

 

 

What is on your bucket list?

 

Kids and Camping Hacks: 17 Camping Crafts for Kids

Keep Kids Busy

Ah, camping! It is one of the best summer activities. With warm weather and your family, you can escape to the woods or the lake with just a handful of supplies. In theory, camping is fun for the whole family. Time away means tuning out the rest of the world and spending time with one another, but kids do not always see it that way. Keep little ones busy and entertained by making these camping crafts for kids before you are tucked safely into your camper or tent out in the wilderness. Instead of giving them time to complain about missing their televisions and iPads, engage their little minds and hands with some summer crafts for kids. Whether they are playing pretend inside DIY tent summer camp crafts or waiting out the rain with a quiet book pattern or classic summer camp crafts, your kids are sure to have a lovely time exploring these camping crafts for kids. We have collected these Kids and Camping Hacks: 17 Camping Crafts for Kids.

Make Them Their Very Own Tent

While most camping crafts for kids involve the little ones actually making the project, these DIY tents are just too perfect to not put in this blog post. Let your little ones play pretend with their very own tent or teepee. These summer camp crafts would be perfect for a backyard sleepover, too!

Child’s Outdoor Tent
Children’s Hula Hoop Play Tent
Toddler DIY Teepee

Summer Camp Crafts to Keep Your Camp Kid-Friendly

Use these DIY picnic blankets and other camp crafts to make sure your space is perfect for kids. If they have their very own placemat or blanket to sit on, kids are much less likely to get into huge messes while rolling in the grass or mud.

Traveling Placemat Tutorial
Patchwork Picnic Blanket
Outstanding Outdoor Pillow
Great Outdoor Baby Blanket
How to Make a Waterproof Picnic Blanket Tote
Waterproof Park Blanket Tutorial

Summer Camp Crafts for Rainy Days

Come armed and prepared for the inevitable rainy day. It is Newton’s Law of Camping that you will have to suffer through at least one rainy day. If you don’t have a place to explore for an indoor day trip, these quick camping crafts for kids will keep your little ones busy in the tent.

Yo Gabba Gabba Quiet Book
Vegetable Garden Quiet Book
Battleships Folders Tutorial
Baby’s First Book

Friendship Bracelets Summer Camp Crafts

What says summer camping and summer camp more than an old-fashioned friendship bracelet-making session. Friendship bracelets are easy to make, easy to cater to any skill level, and take up very few supplies. This would be a great craft for moms and little girls to make around the campfire but you don’t have to leave out the boys. Every little kid on this planet loves a good friendship bracelet. Plus, they make great gifts for mom or grandma!

God’s Eye
How to Make a Friendship Bracelet with a Recycled Lid
Twisty Bracelet Pattern
Leaf Pattern Friendship Bracelet

If you love these camping crafts for kids, check out these 23 Summer Outdoor Activities and Camp Crafts for Kids and 12 Free Apron Patterns & Easy Garden Ideas.

What is your favorite summer camping or summer camp memory?

Summer Lovin’: How to Sew a Bag for the Beach

12 Beautiful Tote Purse Patterns eBook

Going to the beach is right up there with barbeques, outdoor concerts, and fireworks when it comes to the quintessential summer activities. If you are a total beach babe, you know that having the perfect beach bag can make or break your day at the beach. A bag that is too hefty or too small can mean a lot of inconvenience. That is why we have collected these tutorials that will show you exactly how to sew a bag that is perfect for some fun in the sun. Summer Lovin’: How to Sew a Bag for the Beach has everything you need to create a beach bag you will love and adore for many, many summers to come.

My favorite beach bag is a tote bag I purchased long ago. It is old enough to get sandy, sturdy enough to stand upright on my towel, and big enough to carry all of my essentials. I have a hard time finding the right size bag. If a bag is too big, I end up filling it with things I insist I might need at the beach. This means I’m lugging a heavy bag with a few too many books, some snorkeling equipment I won’t be using, and sometimes even my phone charger. All of these patterns show you how to sew a bag that is the perfect size for your essentials. So, sew one of these up, pack up your beach towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, favorite guilty pleasure reading material, and any other essentials, and get ready to get your tan on.

How to Sew a Bag for the Beach

1. Swimming Bag Tutorial Bottom-right
2. Hooded Towel Backpack Bottom-center
3. Canvas Beach Bag Top-left
4. Insulated Bag Tutorial
5. Beach Bag and Towel in One
6. Summer Fling Bag Tutorial Top-right
7. Super Shark Satchel
8. Shower Curtain Beach Bag
9. Hooded Beach Towel Backpack Bottom-left
10. Fab Flamingo DIY Tote Bag Top-center

If you adore these bags and want to learn how to sew a bag for any occasion, check out 27 Patterns to Sew Purses + 6 New Coin Purses and our Sewing Bags: Tutorial’s You’ll Love & 15 Free Purse Sewing Patterns eBook.

Are you an active beach-goer or a sleep in the sun beach-goer?