Awesome Summer Craft Ideas You Can Make for Less Than £2

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It's summertime, yeah! And what better way to spend these long balmy days than getting crafty – either with the kids, your mates or just on your own?

Who said crafting is an expensive hobby? Well, we have news for them – we've rounded up the best, most awesome summer crafts that you can make for less than £2. So grab yourself an ice tea, put your sunnies on and let's get crafting...

Cactus Stones



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Cacti and succulents are everywhere right now but – if you don't have a green thumb – why not create something that's guaranteed not to die?

Be inspired by Salt and Pepper Moms and collect a selection of medium-sized stones from your garden and give them a good clean. Once dry, add a coat or two of acrylic green paint. You can use different shades of green for a more varied look. When the green paint has dried, use a thin paintbrush to draw on specs of white paint for the spikes. Half fill a small terracotta pot with stones or gravel, then arrange the painted cacti stones and press them in to secure them. 

Visit Salt and Pepper Moms for more brilliant craft project ideas.  

Ice-Cream Printed Tote



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Tote bags are essential for everyday use, especially when you want to avoid that 5p bag charge! So make sure yours is something you want to show off with a cute ice-cream print from Hello Wonderful.

Cut a large potato in half with a knife. Take one half and draw a circle onto the flat end with a biro, then carefully cut away the potato around the circle. Take the other half and cut it into a triangle for the cone. Apply brown paint (preferably fabric paint) onto the cut triangle, then press down onto the tote bag. Add as many or as few cones as you like.

Apply some coloured paint to the circle and press it down just above the cone for the ice-cream. Add more ice-cream circles in different colours and some flecks of paint for hundreds and thousands. Wait to dry before using. 

Check out Hello Wonderful for more summer-inspired craft projects.

Teacup Bird Feeder



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 Give your feathered friends a little treat by creating a cute little bird feeder using an old teacup, with this idea inspired by Bite Sized Biggie.
 
Wash and clean a cup and saucer. Apply some strong jewellery glue to the saucer, then press the cup down on top at an angle, with the handle pointing up – you may need to hold it in position until it adheres. Once dry, tie some craft twine around the handle, fill with bird seed and hang in a tree. 

Head over to Bite Sized Biggie for more cute and quirky DIY ideas. 

Paper Flowers



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Perfect for a spot of alfresco dining, simple craft ideas – like this one by Design Improvised – can transform your garden into a fabulous fun outdoor space. 

To make the paper flowers: Take some cupcake cases – an odd number like three or five works well. Layer the cases up, decide on your central case then cut the edges to look like petals. Trim the edges of the next case up, making slits, petals or whatever design you like. Repeat for all the cases, then glue them together. Stick some pompoms or a small craft embellishment in the centre. Attach a piece of wire, or a drinking straw, to the back of the flower then pop in a vase or glass. Group lots together for a really striking result. 

Visit Design Improvised for more beautiful craft inspiration. 

Water Pistol Art



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One for the kids... and most likely the adults, too! Get all Jackson Pollock and create some splatter art by Fireflies and Mud Pies

Mix some acrylic paint with water in a container, stir it well then pour it into a water pistol. Set up a makeshift easel outside – pegging paper to a washing line works well, or simply just lay them on the ground. Then stand back and fire! Empty the pistol and add another coloured paint, and fire! Keep loading and firing until your pistol-painted prints are complete. 

Want more arty ideas? Head over to Fireflies and Mud Pies

Tutti Fruity Cocktail Umbrellas



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Jazz up your Strawberry Daiquiri and Sex on the Beach with a fabulous and fruity cocktail umbrella inspired by craft blog WLKMNDYS

For the watermelon umbrella, cut a 10cm diameter circle from green card (or paper) and an 8cm diameter circle from pink card. Glue the pink circle centrally on to the green circle. Fold the circles in half, then half again, and again. Keep folding until you can’t fold anymore, then open it back out. Draw on dots for the seeds with a black pen. Make a hole in the centre with something sharp like a large needle, then poke a cocktail stick or some toothpicks through slightly. Apply some glue to the underside of where the stick pokes through and glue a small bead to the top.

Visit WLKMNDYS for more beautiful craft projects to try this summer. 
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