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June 20, 2018

Fun Summer Project Ideas

Tracy from Shutterbean shares some of her favorite Fun Summer Project Ideas!

Do you also like to get a few projects done around the house during the summer? I’ve got some Fun Summer Project Ideas for you!

My Everyday Life: Week 18 on Shutterbean.com

First project. GET IN YOUR GARDEN!

Working in the garden has been really helpful during this transition into a life without my Mom. Since my garden is her garden (we’re living in the house I grew up in!), I feel her most when I’m out there in the dirt. I enjoy tending to the garden in the morning while watering and in the afternoon when we are unwinding from work. I can’t wait until I can pluck a jalapeno off the plant soon.

Work on your own Summer Photo Book! 

Give yourself a goal of 25 pages to start.  Take pictures, write a Summer Bucket List and GO!

Speaking of Bucket Lists!

Tracy from Shutterbean shares her Summer Bucket List for 2018. You can make yours too!

Make a Summer Bucket List

Set your intentions for the Summer and see how much you can cross off. Include your bucket list in your Summer book so you can see how you did.

My Everyday Life: Week 11 on Shutterbean.com

Send Snail Mail to a Pen Pal

Cooper has a few pen pals and so do I thanks to The Handwriting Club!  We’re going to carve out some time this summer to send some mail.

Send us a letter @

PO Box 604

San Anselmo, CA 94979

Make your own kombucha

If you like kombucha, you should make you’re own. Nothing like a cold kombucha on a hot day.  It’s a great way to experiment with flavors and create mocktails. Share with friends!

My Everyday Life: Week 33 on Shutterbean.com

Read a Book

During the Summer, I like to challenge myself to read a whole book for fun. No self-help books (which I am always reading). Just something fiction.  It feels amazing to finish a book. I should do it more often 😉

Organize a Closet

Every Summer, we go through Cooper’s closet and weed out all of the things that don’t fit him anymore. We pack the stuff away to donate/keep for friends. This reset is necessary and it gives his room a new system (which we all enjoy).

Have a Lady Craft Day!

Make some cards. Make some art! The point is, get people together and hang out IN REAL LIFE. Organizing a get-together is one of the most gratifying projects you can tackle this summer. People forget that they need to gather when they spent too much time on a screen observing other people’s lives. Start a revolution. Have a real life hang out.

Have a Coloring Book Party

It’s another ladies craft night situation. Color in coloring books with cocktails. Order a pizza. Watch some trashy TV too. It’s your life. Live it and color it in.

Art with Kids on Skillshare! See more on Shutterbean.com!

Make Art with Kids on Skillshare

If you want to take some time out to de-stress and do some art/learn a new skill, try taking a Skillshare class. It’s also a great activity to do with kids. If they’re on a screen, at least they’re learning something new!

How to Make a Gratitude Journal - with and for kids! See more on Shutterbean.com

Make a Gratitude Journal!

If you have a kid with you while working from home, give them a project! Teach them how to write down what they are grateful for. It all starts with making your own gratitude journal.

Melted Crayon Art

Therapy in melted crayons. We bust out our hot plate to do this even on the hottest days because color is FUN.

DIY Bleach Tie-Dye

If you’re wanting to shake things up, get yourself an indigo dye kit! And if you want a quick project to play around with, have fun with bleach. You can make something old new again with a little creativity.

Current Favorite Art Supplies

Art it up! If you have some free time, take a moment and bring art supplies outside and HAVE FUN. I have a bag ready to go so that when we’re off on an impromptu picnic, I have something to play around with. Art supplies + paper = WINNING

Start a Bullet Journal

September is when I start my new bullet journal, but I like to take a few weeks to plan it out before I do. Here are some of my favorite spreads and these are the supplies I use!

Laundry Space Makeover

The school year can do a number on our house. In the quiet moments of Summer, I like to take the time to regroup & refresh. Maybe looking at this space will inspire you to dream up a project that will keep your life organized throughout Summer!

Work with your child in the kitchen

Cooper and I plan to do some baking this Summer. We might even make some ice cream. Being in the kitchen with kids can be stressful (HELLO, MESS) but I give you some tips and tricks to make it fun. They’ve got to learn somehow!

Italian Pressed Sandwiches for your Summer picnics! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Make Italian Pressed Sandwiches

And then take them to the beach or on a picnic. This is the kind of project that takes no time and the result is DELICIOUS.

My Everyday Life: Week 23 on Shutterbean.com

Enjoy Time Outside and Get Your Steps In!

This is something I hope to work on this Summer. I really enjoy hiking with friends and by myself. I’m hoping to get at least 10k steps a day (with my Fitbit).

Do you have any Fun Summer Projects in the works? I’m also working on finishing up my #100daysartbeforebreakfast challenge. It’s almost over. YAY!

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  • Erin

    I love all of these ideas! They are all now on my list. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

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  • Sina

    Hi Tracy,
    we still have three weeks of school ahead of us so we are still kind of plowing through… It’s hard and we are so looking forward to summer break!
    I loved your idea of making a list with the whole family to see where the expectations of everyone meet and differ, so I am planning on doing this one of the next weeks.
    One big project, though not an entirely “fun” project, is already on our list: deep cleaning the kitchen, painting the kitchen walls and reorganizing our kitchen cabinets (mostly by decluttering, obviously).
    Enjoy your summer and have fun with all your projects! Sina

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