7 Useful DIY Ideas to Make Summer Last

Before you say sayonara to sunshine and beach days, make the most of your remaining summer energy with our useful DIY ideas. Whether you want to make your home a plant paradise, pack in as many pool sessions as possible or win the battle against flies, you’ll find a top DIY project for your home right here. 

Why we should make the most of summer has a lot to do with the sun. We need 10 minutes of health-boosting sunrays each day to reach our daily intake of Vitamin D. Here are the benefits of the golden vitamin:

  • Assists Calcium to maintain healthy bones and teeth
  • Supports the immune system
  • Regulates insulin levels
  • Aids cardiovascular healthy
  • Assists in cancer prevention

Here are our top useful DIY ideas for summer

1. Swimmer’s Hook & Towel Baskets

Say goodbye to damp swimming towels with a useful DIY idea! Create an outdoor towel rack to make life at home a little easier. Simply install hooks on a wall nearest the swimming pool. For a quirky towel wall, use inexpensive outdoor tap fittings painted in different colours.

Useful DIY project ideas for your home Summer

Don’t’ forget about the fresh towels! Update an old basket with a colour-dip and add clean towels and plop it next to the swimmer’s hook.

2. Squirt Gun Art

Useful DIY ideas for your children in Summer

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Entertain yourself, your guest or your kids with an uplifting art session! Fill up squirt guns with different liquid watercolours and stick a few pieces of paper to a wall, tree or large easel (preferably a surface outside that can just be hosed down). Now let your kids or your peers discover their inner artist.

BTW, this is a fun summer project idea for adults too!

3. Hanging Planters

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Grow your indoor garden and make an indoor planter. This summer project idea is ideal for the plant-loving adult, and it is the ultimate low-effort decor.

Skip the exotic and alien plants in favour of indigenous greenery! Our native flora is adapted to the South African climate and can handle less water. Plants with needle-like leaves and those with a hairy surface retain moisture better than plants with large, smooth leaves. You also have the option of starting a spectacular succulent garden!

4. Feature Wall Shutters

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Transform a blank wall into a beautifully beachy feature wall within an hour!  You’ll need reclaimed shutters, chalk paint and 30 minutes. Once your paint is dry, measure and install wall anchors at your preferred height, hang up the shutters and decorate them with air plants. A top DIY project for your home, this feature wall tutorial will add a lovely touch to your exterior.   

5. Floating Drink Holders

Useful DIY ideas for the pool in Summer

Spend the last sizzling moments cooling down in the pool, with floating drinks all around. Update a pool noodle with glue gun, a craft knife and a bit of paint for polka-dots. You’ll thank yourself once your drink is floating beside you.

6. Lovely Lanterns

Useful DIY ideas for your home in Summer

Make nights spent outside magical and wind-resistant with glass jar candle holders. Make frosty garden lanterns with salt or, grab all your empty jam jars and paint the bottom third of each. Tip them upside down and allow the paint to take its runny course. Drill 3 holes into each lid and paint in a different colour. After everything is dry, pop in some tea lights and you’re good to go!

7. Rope Coasters

Useful DIY ideas for Summer

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Say no to watermarks this summer with a useful DIY coaster idea. Natural rope coasters are swoon-worthy, and you only need a hot glue gun and rope to make them. Get the complete rope coaster tutorial on the Lovilee blog. 

Our three top tips for a summer home

Some of these projects featues in the LivingSpace Mag, but these are our favourite tips to live by this summer!

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Perfect your Braai

Heat matters. Amateurs and masters of the braai know that coals have to reach the perfect temperature for foodie perfection. So, how do you really know when it’s just right?

According to local braai legend, Jan Braai, it’s all in the hands: hold your hand 10cm above the coals and start counting.

Once you feel a burning sensation, stop counting. Two to three seconds are ideal for steaks and rashers. Three to four seconds are for chicken wings and fish. Five to eight seconds are when the wors, chicken breast and potjies go up. After nine seconds you need more wood and remember to remove your hand!

Keep Flies at Bay

Take one large clear glass jar, fill it with water, drop in a few coins or small pieces of foil and close the lid. Place the container in the kitchen or somewhere on the patio where sunlight or artificial light can reach it. Entomologists suggest that the refracted light is a problem for complex fly eyes as it interferes with their sense of direction.

A Home Refresher

Sometimes your home needs a little boost to conquer the oppressive heat. So, make a refreshing rosemary and basil room spray! Dissolve 1 tsp baking soda into 1 cup warm water and add 4 sprigs of rosemary. Once it’s cooled add in a handful of basil leaves and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. If you don’t have baking soda use, 2 tbsp of vodka instead!

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Happy DIYing!

Floating Drinks Holder: Fun Summer DIY

This post was originally published in October 2016.

Have you ever been relaxing in the pool, so nice and cool, but then realised that you drink is “way over there”? Or worse still, it’s inside! This is a fun and easy DIY that you can do to keep your refreshments close at hand in a floating drinks holder.

What you need:

1 pool noodle
Craft knife
Strong glue, that will hold in water
Ice-cream tub lid or piece of firm flat plastic
Plastic cup or cooldrink can (stay away from glass, as you don’t want to risk any breakages)
Paint (optional)
Elastic bands (optional)

Easy floating drinks holder DIY for summer fun in the sun!

What to do:

Start by cutting two pieces of pool noodle, equal length, about 20 cm long.

Easy floating drinks holder DIY for summer fun in the sun!

The next part is the trickest part of the whole process. Using the size of your cup as a guide, cut semi-circles into the centre edge of each piece of pool noodle. Cut to the middle of the pool noodle. You’ll then need to cut a straight line, perpendicular to your semi-circle, making the base for your cup to sit on. This will then allow you to remove the chunk of pool noodle. If your cup is curved, like mine, get the size of the semi-circle correct and then add in a bit of a slant, by cutting some extra away from the top at an angle.

Easy floating drinks holder DIY for summer fun in the sun!

Keep placing the two parts together to check that your circles are still meeting up and that the cup fits neatly in the hole. Add a little personal touch with some paint.

Easy floating drinks holder DIY for summer fun in the sun!   Easy floating drinks holder DIY for summer fun in the sun!

Glue the two pieces together with a strong glue. Run glue along the full width of the join, on the underside.

Lastly, use a piece of firm recycled plastic, to reinforce the back, by glueing it onto the underside of your floating drinks holder.

Alternatively you can use colourful elastic bands as the additional support to hold the pieces in place.

Easy floating drinks holder DIY for summer fun in the sun!

Enjoy your summer swimming! Have you been brave enough to get into the pool or ocean yet?


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