3 Fun DIY Outdoor Crafts
3 Fun DIY Outdoor Crafts

3 Fun DIY Outdoor Crafts

Ditch the screens and make these super easy kites, hanging luminaries, and bug hotels.


If it’s nice enough to play outside, then it’s time to get crafty. These fun and super easy crafts will keep your family active and happy—whether flying a kite, collecting bugs, or creating some impressive DIY lighting.


mini paper kites

These are lots of fun for the littles! Make several and save them for a windy day.

Mini Paper Kites

materials

  • Lightweight patterned paper
  • Paper straws
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue stick
  • Narrow ribbon
  • Printable kite template.
Mini Paper Kite Materials

directions

Step 1

Print and cut out this free kite template.

Mini Paper Kites Step 1

Step 2

Trace the kite template onto patterned paper.

Mini Paper Kites Step 2

Step 3

Use scissors to cut out the kite shape.

Mini Paper Kites Step 3

Step 4

Mini Paper Kites Step 4

Use hot glue gun (adults only!) to attach one straw to the backside of kite widthwise. Hot glue a second straw onto the back of the kite, lengthwise.

Step 5

Mini Paper Kites Step 5

Tie twine to the lengthwise straw and cut to desired length.

Step 6

Cut an additional straw in half.

Mini Paper Kites Step 6

Step 7

Tie the end of your cut twine to one of the straw pieces to use as a handle.

Mini Paper Kites Step 7

Step 8

Cut ribbon into a few pieces to desired length for the tail of the kite.

Mini Paper Kites Step 8

Step 9

Use hot glue gun to attach the ribbon pieces to the bottom point of the kite.

Mini Paper Kites Step 9

Step 10

Let dry a few minutes, and you’re ready to fly the kite!


diy hanging luminaries

Upcycle some tin cans and suspend them around your party. These luminaries add a surprisingly beautiful ambiance to your outdoor evening gathering.

DIY Hanging Luminaries

materials

  • Tin cans (new or used)
  • Drill and a small drill bit (or a hammer and a nail)
  • Battery operated votive candles
  • Ribbon for hanging
DIY Hanging Luminaries Materials

directions

Step 1

Decide on a pattern for your luminary. Design your own or print our star, moon and heart templates. Hold can firmly and steady drill holes using a small drill bit. (Adults only for this step.) No drill? Don’t feel like drilling? Just use a hammer and a nail to make the holes!

DIY Hanging Luminaries Step 1

Step 2

Be sure to make holes on either side of the can’s top opening for ribbon/hanging.

DIY Hanging Luminaries Step 2

Step 3

Push ribbon through hanging hole and knot inside can.

DIY Hanging Luminaries Step 3

Step 4

Tie a bow at desired length, then push end of ribbon through the opposite hanging hole and knot to secure, creating a loop. Insert votive and hang.

DIY Hanging Luminaries Step 4

Bug Hotels

Insects are fascinating! Kids will love these simple-to-make bug hotels—they’re like little windows into the wonderful world of bugs.

Bug Hotels

materials

Bug Hotel Materials

directions

Step 1

Cut a piece of screen large enough to cover the opening of your jar.

Bug Hotels Step 1

Step 2

Spray paint screen with desired color.

Bug Hotels Step 2

Step 3

Using jar lid insert as a template, cut screen in a circle for the lid.

Bug Hotels Step 3

Step 4

Insert screen into lid.

Bug Hotels Step 4

Step 5

Print and cut out bug hotel label.

Bug Hotels Step 5

Step 6

Use small hole punch to add a hole for hanging.

Bug Hotels Step 6

Step 7

Thread jute twine through hole in label and wrap twine around the neck of the jar several times.

Bug Hotels Step 7

Step 8

Add leaves, sticks, a few drops of water and other natural elements to the jar, and then it’s time to start collecting bugs!

Bug Hotels Step 8

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