DIY summertime fun: Projects to chase away the boredom

 By Alley Morris
Times-News correspondent


This Mason jar flower vase is a DIY project that's fun and easy to create. [Alley Morris / Times-News correspondent

Summertime has just begun, and if you’re already hearing “I’m bored,” from the teenagers in your life, here are some ways to keep them occupied.
These four do-it-yourself (DIY) projects are fun, easy and can be completed without breaking the bank.

1. Mason jar flower vase

This DIY is fun if you like to paint and get crafty. Supplies include a Mason jar (regular or wide mouth); the color of spray paint or acrylic paint you want; twine or burlap for around the top; and any other things you would like to decorate your jar with, and glue or a glue gun.
Make sure the jar is clean and dry before applying paint. Let the paint dry for one to two hours. Then, decorate the jar with twine, burlap or any other decorations you would like to use. After the glue finishes drying, put flowers into the new vase.
Source: Adapted from DIY Joy,

2. Boho flower headband

Summer is full of parties with family and friends. Of course, you want to look your best. This DIY will have you looking cute and ready to party.
For this craft, you will need twine; scissors; faux flowers of your choice; a glue gun; and a glue stick. Begin by cutting three pieces of twine, all the same size. You want the pieces to be about 1½ times larger than the circumference of your head.
Then, tie a knot at the end of the twine. Put something heavy on top of the knot, so you can prepare to start braiding your twine. Loosely braid the twine, then tie a knot at the end of the braid. Place the braid around your head to find out where it needs to be glued.
Once you have your circle and know where to glue it to fit your head, glue the overlapping pieces together. Next, cut off the knots and finish gluing anything that isn’t glued yet. Then, take the flowers and insert them into where you want them in your braid. Add just a little bit of hot glue to hold them in place.
Add all of the flowers you desire and let it dry. Now you have a cute headband to wear with your cute summer outfits.
Source: Adapted from

3. Fairy garden

Get creative with a fairy garden. For the garden pictured on this page, the theme was cats. There are so many unique themes to use. Focus on your own hobbies and interests.
For this magical DIY, you will need natural stones and/or store-bought stones; accessories (items that go along with your theme); moss and/or store-bought moss; and a small/medium bowl for your pebbles.
Add stones to the bottom of the bowl to support the accessories. Next, begin adding theme items. This is definitely a great DIY for artsy and creative teens.
Source: Adapted from Country Living magazine,

4. Flower Pen/Pencil

Add some creative touch to your journaling and room décor. These beautiful pens and pencils are easy and fun to make.
You will need florist tape, fake flowers, scissors and a pen/pencil.
Trim the flowers’ stems short with a pair of scissors. Using the florist tape, start taping at the middle of where you cut the flowers’ stems. Work your way up, then back down until reaching the desired cut-off point. Then, cut the tape. Now you have a beautiful pen/pencil to write with.
Source: Adapted from

Alley Morris is a rising sophomore home-schooler and a Teens & 20s writer.


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