Hey guys! With summer camps, conferences and vacations getting cancelled, I think we’ve all kind of accepted that this summer is gonna look pretty different than usual. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a totally fun & memorable summer, even if that looks different than the typical summer. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing 15 ideas to add to your summer bucket list – at home version!
1. Have a backyard movie night. You could do it with your family or invite some friends over and do a “drive in” movie in your driveway. Either way, I think it would a lot of fun + it would make for a great memory! Many movies are coming out early on DVD or Netflix/Amazon, because movie theaters aren’t open.
2. Take a video clip or photo every day for a month. Document a month of your summer (or your entire summer) by taking a short (maybe 3-5 seconds) video clip every day. Then at the end of the month (or the summer) compile them together and have fun watching it!
3. Do a watercolor (or some other art form) every day for a month. This is similar to the idea above, but it’s another fun idea and boredom buster! The art can be something specific to the day (eg. each day watercolor the sunset/sunrise) or it can be completely random (eg. watercolor flowers today)
4. Make a flower crown & do a photoshoot. I’ve always wanted to do this one, but haven’t got around to it yet, (I’ll be sure to make a post if/when I do it 😀 ) but it’s a perfect summer activity for you and a friend/sibling! If you do this, I’d love to see your photos! 🙂
5. Find a pen-pal and start writing letters. I won’t go into too much detail, since I already have quite a few posts on pen-paling and letter writing (for instance, here, here and here) but I think that this would be a super fun way to make a new friend! (or reconnect with an old friend 🙂 )
6. Choose a new skill/hobby and devote some time to it. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn guitar or graphic design or photography, but you’ve never had the time. Now, everybody has time, so why not start doing it now!? YouTube has a ton of free tutorials for literally everything, so it’s not like you need pay a professional or anything to get started!
7. Start selling on Etsy. If you’re looking to have a little side hustle (or even eventually a full-blown business), why not get started now? Etsy is perfect for anything and everything handmade and vintage. It can take time to get products up and momentum going, but it can be a fun experience and one that you can run out of your home!
8. Redecorate your bedroom/apartment. Back in April, my sister and I repainted our bedroom and WOW, it is so different and so much better! We’re still working on finishing it and getting the decorations up, but it’s coming along nicely and we’re able to take time to work on it!
9. Start a garden. You could do a vegetable garden or a flower garden, it might be a little late to get some plants in (depending on where you live), but there are definitely some things you can still get in and enjoy this summer! It’s always so nice to be able to harvest vegetables straight out of the garden!
10. Buy a Polaroid camera. I’ve always wanted to do this one! I think it would be so much fun to snap photos with a polaroid camera and then watch them print out and develop! Besides, these are perfect for taking along on adventures where you’d rather leave your phone behind!
11. Have a sidewalk chalk competition with your neighbors. Set up a day with all your neighbors where everyone does their best sidewalk chalk drawings on the front sidewalk. (or on their driveway) It can be a competition or just for fun! Imagine if anyone comes walking or running through your neighborhood after! 😁
12. Make macrons. These challenging French cookies can be pretty tricky to make, but SOOO satisfying when you get them right! Here’s my favorite recipe/tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJ636Y8N6E8
13. Make homemade smoothies. I love making homemade smoothies and trying to replicate my favorite smoothies from the Tropical Smoothie Cafe! (which, if you don’t have one in you area, they are AMAZING!!)
14. Make s’mores variations. I’m sure you’ve seen all those fun s’mores variations on Pinterest! One of my favorites is to put the marshmallows and chocolate in a waffle cone and toast over the fire. So good!!
15. DIY your own t-shirts. You could do tie-dye or any other DIY t-shirts. You could even make it a fun challenge with friends. Whoever has the most pink t-shirt gets a $5 Starbucks gift card, etc.
I hope you guys enjoyed these ideas and will have fun this summer – if you do end up doing any of these ideas, I’d love to see! 🙂
Also, I just listed a bunch of fun new scrunchies on my Etsy page (including the gingham and wildflower scrunchies featured above ^^^) that are perfect for yourself or as gifts for friends this summer!