10 Cool DIY Projects for Summer

10 Cool DIY Projects for Summer

Summer in Indiana is great. Flowers bloom, the sun is out, temperatures rise, and people get back some of the motivation they lost during the harsh winter. What better way to celebrate this gorgeous season than with DIY projects? Not only do these ten projects utilize materials found in our ReStore, but they will make your summer months even better.

So without further ado, here are 10 cool DIY projects for summer:

1. Make a beautiful planter out of a couple of half wine barrels.

Here at the ReStore, we have a ton of half wine barrels just waiting to be repurposed. This planter is a creative way to upcycle these barrels and create a unique display for your flowers.

Wine barrel planter

2. Create a vertical garden.

If you don’t have much space outside or prefer to enjoy your plants indoors, this project is perfect for you. Using mason jars, wood blocks, and metal rods, this is a way to create a garden that’s space-saving and adds beauty to your home. Can’t find metal rods? Use knotted rope instead!

Mason jar vertical garden

3. Make your own outdoor hanging swing bed.

Using pallet boards and rope, make a relaxing spot to swing and enjoy the outdoors. Worried about rain? Use a memory foam mattress topper instead of a regular mattress for easier removal.

Pallet hanging bed

4. Use an old door to make a coffee table/storage nook.

 We have a lot of old doors here at the ReStore, and they are perfect for repurposing projects. This summer project is a great way to create more storage for all the books you plan on reading. Bonus: it’s yet another beautiful spot to display your plants.

door coffee table

5. Create an outdoor canopy.

Sunshine is great, but so is shade. Using closet poles, a pretty cloth, and some old milk jugs, this project is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors without getting a sunburn. Can’t find old milk jugs? Try filling half wine barrels with dirt, rocks, or sand and mounting the poles in them.


6. Make your own mini greenhouse.

Old storm windows make perfect walls for your own little greenhouse! Once completed, get your kids to help take care of the plants in this small greenhouse. They’ll be proud to have their own plants, and you’ll be proud to have built something so cute and practical.

Baby Greenhouse

7. Use old drawers to make a new bookshelf.

Another great material we have at the ReStore right now is old drawers. Why not use some to make your own bookshelf? You can even make it extra pretty with some of our recycled paint.


8. Create a French-style bench out of two old chairs.

Who knew this beautiful outdoor seating spot could be made out of broken chairs? This elegant project will add class to your outdoor seating area without breaking your budget.

French-Styled Bench with pillows

9. Use hollow core wood doors to make a relaxing daybed.

In the summer time, relaxing indoors can be every bit as wonderful as relaxing outdoors. This detailed tutorial explains how you can make your very own daybed complete with storage for books, blankets, pillows, and anything else you can think of.

Door daybed

10. Make your very own double lounger.

What’s better than a single lounger? A double lounger! Use this completed project to relax with a buddy, or have more space to spread out by yourself.

double lounger