Summer Break: The 'Do It Yourself' Project

Do It Yourself (DIY) projects can be an enjoyable and productive way to spend free time over the summer. The power of the internet has made it easier than ever to execute small life hacks, or tricks to help effectively manage your time, as well as large projects that once required professional help. Whether enjoying crafts with the kids or finishing home improvements, a DIY project will help channel your creativity and challenge your handy side.


Nothing is more satisfying than making something with your own hands. This is especially true for anyone who enjoys the freedom of designing and building her own preferences. For kids and adults alike, home DIY projects can be an important lesson in hard work and resourcefulness. Much as I discuss in  Education Wednesday: Preventing the Summer Slide, hands-on learning activities are particularly important for students to keep skills sharp during the long break from school.

If you are a frugalista like me, DIY projects can also be a cost-effective way to add style and comfort to your life. As a summer hobby, I decided to glam-up a rough-around-the-edges chair I found at a thrift store (pictured above). With a new coat of paint and some creative detailing, my sunflower chair will soon be a fashionable and affordable addition to my room.

Aundrea's 4 DIY Projects to Try This Summer

  1. Make your own spa treatments: Everyone loves a day at the spa. However, shelling out the cash or even taking the time to go is not always an option. Luckily, recreating many luxurious spa treatments at home is a breeze and a fraction of the cost. One of my favorite treatments is the sugar scrub, made with only a few ingredients found in most pantries. For some easy DIY spa ideas, check here.
  2. Restore an old piece of furniture: Much like my sunflower chair, old furniture can take on a modern edge with just a little tender love and care. In fact, it has become quite trendy to convert vintage items into room brightening statement pieces. Restoring old furniture is not only a great way to recycle one woman's junk into your own one-of-a-kind treasure, it also is a great way to master crafty skills such as stripping wood or applying varnishes. Tip: If taking the old to new is not your thing, try your hand at just making something new. My friends recently built a gorgeous outdoor couch for their porch. So jealous!
  3. Create organizational tools: Often getting organized at home or in the office feels like climbing a mountain. However, using simple hacks that repurpose common supplies will help you become the new queen of organization. Check out these clever hacks to get you started.
  4. Repurpose old t-shirts: One of the most time-honored DIY projects is creatively cutting t-shirts into fancy (?) new designs (I keep it simple with the classic muscle tee revamp). T-shirts can also easily be converted into blankets, rugs, towels, wall art, and many other items. This summer find a fun or functional use for that box of old tees.


A summer DIY project is the perfect opportunity to start a new hobby or catch up with loved ones over a fun activity. With warmer weather and a little more daylight, summer is also the perfect time to take on those projects you have been putting off all year. Using just a little money and lots of creativity, doing it yourself may just become your new way of life.

Aundrea_Gregg-TheWiseLatinaClubAn education policy wonk at the Georgia Center of Opportunity, Aundrea Gregg holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School Of Economics and a Bachelor’s in Classical Civilizations and Political Science from Howard University. She also is a nail painting enthusiast and writer living in Atlanta, GA. Connect with Aundrea on Twitter or Google+.

Edited by: Viviana Hurtado, Ph.D.

What DIY project will you try this summer?