The sun is shining, the kids are smiling, and the air smells like barbecue. We’re kicking off the season with a list of big summer projects that you can do yourself. You can choose from a variety of ways to add a refreshing touch of summer to your home inside and out with these creative seasonal DIY projects.

We’ve got simple outdoor decorating ideas, affordable DIY decorations, and big summer projects for you to have fun with.

Summer Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Since you and your family will likely be spending more time outdoors, let’s start with these fresh and fun summer outdoor decorating ideas.

Sunflower Wreath

Greet your guests with a charming DIY sunflower wreath this summer. All you need is an embroidery hoop, pliable sticks, and fake sunflowers to make the perfect wreath for your front door. Use twine and/or strong glue to hold everything in place. Then add a bow or ribbon for an extra pop of color! Finally, top it all off with a sunflower doormat for a bright and summery entrance to your home!

Brick Pathway

For a big summer project that will look lovely all year long, create a DIY brick pathway. Have it leading to your front door, your back gate, through your garden, or to a secluded seating area out back. Clear the grass, lay weed blocker, cover with a level layer of gravel and sand, and finally, add brick.

Backyard brick pathway

If you already have a cement pathway that you want to upgrade, you can use thin bricks as an easier, faster alternative. For example, use a thin set adhesive and install thin bricks right on top of your boring cement walkway to give it a fresh look. Check out this tutorial for detailed instructions. Old Mill Brick sells real fire-kiln clay bricks that are durable enough to be used outdoors. Above all, they are really easy to install!

Patio Lighting

Looking for summer outdoor decorating ideas that will really take your patio space to the next level? Install some creative lighting! You can create your own DIY outdoor lanterns, build a fire pit using old bricks or stone, or string lights overhead to replicate the beauty of a starry night sky.

DIY Indoor Summer Projects

There are so many fun and creative ways to brighten your home with a touch of summer decor, it's hard to know where to start. There are also plenty of big summer projects to take on. Here are some ideas for both!

Brick Accent Wall

Adding a brick accent wall inside your home is the perfect project for a long summer Saturday. Also, the look of exposed brick will pose as a stunning backdrop to your seasonal decor all year round. The best part is that you can do it all in one weekend using Brickwebb from Old Mill Brick. With 12 color options, you can find a brick that matches your style. Speed up the process by using the Brickwebb sheets of 12 pre-spaced bricks on a mesh back. It installs just like tile!

Pretty Summer Planters

If you’ve got a growing collection of potted plants, give those planters a fresh coat of paint for an easy summery addition to your home’s decor. The possibilities are endless and it will make for a fun project to do with your friends or kids. Paint sunflowers, sunshine, watermelon, popsicles, and whatever reminds you of summer the most.

Or, if you’re not so confident in your skills with a paintbrush, you can always paint planters one solid summer color. Choose colors like yellow or sky blue, to achieve the same fun effect.

Easy Dollar Store Creations

There are so many different DIY creations that you can make with a basket of dollar store items. This is a great way to sprinkle summer throughout your home without spending too much on seasonal decor. Here are just a few examples:

  • Wrap a cardboard box with twine and glue on colorful flowers for a lovely storage solution for all of those bathroom accessories.
  • Fill a glass vase with lemons (real or fake) for a bright summer centerpiece.
  • Glue shells to picture frames.
  • Paint plain drink coasters to resemble slices of watermelon.
  • Create a tiered cake stand using candlesticks and different sizes of plates, then fill it with all things summer.

Refresh Your Home with Old Mill Brick

No doubt you can handle painted planters or summer wreaths on your own, but we’d like to help simplify the big summer projects. Shop Old Mill Brick for a beautiful variety of thin brick solutions in a myriad of different colors. Use our quick and easy Brickwebb to create a stunning accent wall inside your home or update your sunroom floor. Additionally, for a bigger and more impactful project, update your home exterior and improve your home efficiency with the BrickPanel+ system. Find inspiration and new ideas on our website today!