Some Fun Ideas for Summer: Crafts and Decor Ideas

Recently someone asked in the comments about this 3-tiered planter pictured here on the potting bench that I painted in the color, Dahlia. It made me realize that I really should occasionally link back to some of the hundreds of posts I’ve written over the past 15 years because many are still relevant. This post took me forever to put together this morning because I found myself rereading them all again and wanting to DIY some of the same things again. Ha! So, without further ado, here are some oldies but goodies that you may have missed or would like to revisit as we enter into the summer months. Pssst: (Click any Title Link below to access that post.)

Make a 3-Tiered, Terracotta Plant Stand or A Tiered Serving Piece


Great for a centerpiece or could even be designed as a server for garden parties.

Summer Dining on Screened Porch


Detailed Instructions for Building This Pottery Barn Inspired Potting Table, Great for Parties, Too!


Step-by-Step Instructions for Crafting a Wooden Flag for Patriotic Holidays

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How to Age, Antique, Distress Furniture or a Wood Flag

Antique, Age Furniture or a Crafted Wood Flag


How to Make These Shell Charger Plates for Your Summer Dining


DIY Shell Charger Plates with the Addition of Sea Glass


Convert a Fortnum & Mason Wicker Hamper Into an End Table

Fortnum & Mason Hamper used as End Table


A Sentimental Bedroom Makeover: Dinosaur-Themed Bedroom for Two Dinosaur-Loving Boys

Vintage Dinosaur Toys for a Dinosaur Themed Boy's Bedroom


Great Way to Repurpose Your Old Record Albums

Repurpose Old Record Albums or Record Album Covers


My Favorite Way to Frame a Vintage (or New) Scarf, Really Any Keepsake, & The Glass Looks Invisible–Like It’s Not Even There!

Hermes Bolduc Scarf Framed Under Museum Glass


See your tomorrow for Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Oh the grandsons’ bedroom…that was a fun project to follow. Do they still have it much the same or are dinosaurs waning in interest?

    • Yup, they are still really into their dinosuars. lol We did add the coordinating rug when it went on sale at Pottery Barn…it’s the same colors as the bedding and is super plush/thick. It’s feels really good underfoot. My DIL changes everything out to their Christmas bedding right after Thanksgiving each year. I will be sad when they outgrow it! I think we have a couple of more years since they are 6 and 9 right now.

  2. Tina W Reynolds says

    Thank you! I was thinking about your pretty potting bench and the three-tiered stand. Also, it was fun to see your July Fourth wooden flag, the table and those wonderful “Americana” flag plates. I covet those! I’ll try to look those up.

    • Thanks, Tina! The 4th will be here before we know it…it’s barely a month away now. Where is this year going?!
      You know, those plates used to be available on eBay a lot and I’ve even seen them on Amazon. I haven’t checked in a while but this would definitely be the time to look for them on eBay if you would like a set. That’s where I purchased mine when I bought them.

  3. Tina W Reynolds says

    Ha! I am so appreciative of the lengthy thought processes put into the wooden flag! I just love it. I have wanted one for a few years and noted that prices for something handcrafted are high, cheap ones are made in China and not very nice, plus I wanted the right size for my family room, too. (I know, fussy, picky, etc.!) I really want to do this project and I think I want to do the Betsy Ross style flag with 13 stars in a circle. Less stars, but a different type of careful eyeballing and circle drawing!

  4. Great reminder post, Susan. I remember all of these. 🙂 Yikes, I’ve been around a while. Haven’t aged a day though. 😛

  5. Making the flag–did you use an artist type brush to paint the blue area? What did you use to paint the stripes?

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