Whether you want to escape the stifling heat or need an activity to occupy kids on school break, summer is a great time for DIY projects! Check out my top three DIYs for the summer:

1. DIY travel wallet: A travel wallet is a great way to keep all those important things (ID, passport, boarding passes) in one place, so you can easily have them on hand. For the summer travelers out there, this is a super easy and inexpensive wallet you can make at home before your trip. You can make it out of vinyl, leather, fabric or craft foam (which is only $1 for a large sheet).

Just fold your material in a gatefold and divide the folded flaps into pockets.

Add an elastic band around the wallet to keep it closed. For an easy-to-follow template, check out my tutorial.

2. DIY t-shirt cutting: Make your summer a little less sweaty by turning old or baggy T-shirts into racerbacks and sleeveless tank tops. This will cost you nothing if you already have old tees to cut up, or try thrift stores for a unique variety of tees less than $5.

To cut a racerback, first cut off the sleeves. Then on the back of the shirt, cut out a deep “V" shape from the collar to the middle of the shirt. You should now have something that looks like two straps on the back.

To finish, tie those two straps together by wrapping the remaining shirt scraps around them in knots, or weave through them for a braided look. You can also use ribbon or shoe laces to tie them together. Watch the tutorial here.

3. DIY slime: Yes, that’s right -- slime! It’s gooey-gross fun, a great sensory activity for kids and easy to make with just a few household supplies. Here’s how to make it:

In a bowl, combine a 4 oz. bottle of Elmer’s glue (clear or white) and 1/2 cup of liquid starch (Sta-Flo). Stir together, then add a 1/4 cup of water.

Knead the slimey goo together until it’s no longer sticky and you have slime to play with! If you don’t have liquid starch, you can try a Borax recipe. For even more fun, try adding things to the slime, like glitter, toy critters, wiggly eyes, food color or non-toxic glow in the dark paint! Watch the tutorial here.

Bio  

Jennifer Bates has a nerdy love for fun, creative DIY projects! She shares inspiring, easy-to-follow tutorials each week on her YouTube channel, Sea Lemon. She's a part of Kin Community, YouTube's #1 Women's Lifestyle network.