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14 Ways to Make the Most of Summer Before it Ends

By: Casey Gerber

June 16, 2015

The sun is high in the sky and summer is officially in full swing, but have you planned how you’re going to spend the long blissful days ahead?  To make it easy on you, we’ve put together a killer summer bucket list full of awesome design related activities from macrame DIYs to backyard camping!

Look no further, we’ve got you covered on all your summer must-do’s!

1. Make a weekly flower arrangement.


Tis’ the season of flora and fauna! Why not celebrate by making flowers part of your weekly schedule? Have fun with it- incorporate fruits, flea market finds, and extra little plants from the garden to brighten your space with something new every week.

2. Organize everything.


Yup, we said it. Summer is the time. It feels so nice to have a fresh and open space in the summertime, so get your closet neat and orderly, color-code your bookshelf, and stow away any loose papers and random stuff lying around.

3. Become a macrame maven. 

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Nothing says summer like quality woven crafts. From festival style to home decor, macrame is everywhere this summer. Start learning how to make your first macrame projects now, so you’ll be an expert by the end of the summer!

4. Visit the flea market.


If you have not yet experienced the wealth of goods that flea markets have to offer, now is the time. Most cities and towns host at least one flea market in the summer and you’ll be surprised at the treasure troves of furniture you can find. Our personal LA fav’s are the Melrose/Fairfax Flea Market, which you can catch every Sunday and the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, which takes place the first Sunday of every month.

5. Picnic, often.


Take your weekly girl’s dinner or brunch outside and be the envy of the park or beach with a perfectly executed picnic. Or, catch up on your weekly gossip by spreading out a chic picnic blanket and sitting indian style in someone’s backyard. Either way, you’ll end up with some awesome Instagram pics.

6. Stir up some fancy summer cocktails. 

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With all the summer entertaining you’ll be doing (especially after reading this list), you might want to step up your mixology skills. Mix up a signature drink so good, it will have all your friends wildly dancing to Sir Mix-a-Lots’ “Baby Got Back”. Get the recipe for this “Indian Summer” Bourbon Cocktail.

7. Host a backyard glampout.


Did someone say glamping? Yup, we sure did. You can easily go glamping in the comfort of your own backyard and it’s sure to be a party your friends will be talking about for the rest of the summer. Set up camp with lots of comfy pillows and rugs, implement some of those flower arrangements you’ve been perfecting and serve your signature cocktail for a summer night to remember.

8. Tie-dye to your heart’s desire.


If there’s a time for tie-dye, it’s summer. Somehow we see this crafty pattern making its return in the warmer months year after year. If you have kids, tie-dyeing will keep them occupied on a hot summer afternoon and you might end up with some pretty sweet couch pillows. Learn how to get the look of shibori dyed pillows, here.

9. Transform your home into your ideal vacation spot. 


Can’t swing a summer vacation this year? It may not be quite the oasis you had in mind but with a few decor tweaks you can bring the vacation home! If you have Greece on the mind add pops of ocean blue and flowing white textiles. Or, visit Morocco without stepping a foot out the front door.

10. Up your insta-game and your art.

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Here’s a fun idea. If you don’t follow designer/artist/author Justina Blakeney on Instagram yet, hit the follow button right away and then have your own #facethefoliage party. This basically involves you and your friends creating portraits from flower petals and other foliage, taking Instagram pics of the portraits, and then enlarging the photos to hang on your wall for some eclectic summer vibes. Brilliant.

11. Host your own summer olympics.

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Get the fam together for a day of outdoor fun and games like croquet, water balloon races, ring tosses, and anything else you can think of. This DIY mini golf set utilizes galvanized building materials from the Home Depot, so it’s pretty easy to put together. And come on, who doesn’t love mini golf?

12. Give outdoor movies a new meaning.


All you need to make this dream come to life is a projector, a screen (or you can use the wall of your house if possible), comfy cushions, outdoor mood lighting, and popcorn. This way you’ll beat the crowds at the public outdoor movie screenings and you can openly have a few alcoholic beverages if you so choose.

13. Exercise your green thumb.


Even small spaces can have small gardens. There are tons of ways to get crafty with planter arrangements or vertical gardens, which can easily fit in small patio spaces. If you’re lucky enough to have lots of garden space at your home, create a sustainable garden and have fresh veggies, fruits, and flowers all summer long. Or, if you live in a dry, hot, possibly drought-ridden climate (we’re looking at you, California), a succulent garden is the way to go.

14. Trade your car for a bike. 


Bikes are the ultimate summer accessory. If you live close to work there’s no excuse not to hop on, but if you don’t, start a weekend biker gang with your friends and explore your neighborhood by pedal. You’ll be getting exercise, reducing emissions and all the while, looking cool (even if you’re a little sweaty).

Summer is still in full swing but the hot days won’t last forever. Don’t let the season pass you by without checking a few activities off your bucket list!

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xoxo, Laurel & Wolf

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