3 Summer Crafts for the Whole Family

by Lynn Lilly, Jul 13 2020

After a short break, I am back with our weekly live broadcasts on the Crayola Facebook page! We are here to keep your kiddos busy and having fun all Summer long! This week I am sharing three Summer themed crafts. Two are great for the kiddos and one is fun for adults and teens! 

Project 1: 3D Happy Summer Crab

Let your kids add some fun summer artwork to their room! 


  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • Crayola Glue Stick
  • Crayola Markers
  • Canvas/Cardboard or Cardstock
  • Googley Eyes (optional)
  • Template for Crab


  1. Trace a circular bowl or can on red construction paper and cut it out. Trace and cut four smaller circles. Fold all the circles in half. 
  2. Cut a half-circle out of brown construction paper. 
  3. Cut waves from blue construction paper. 
  4. Cut arms, legs and antennas from black construction paper. 
  5. Glue the brown half circle on the bottom edge of the canvas. Next glue the blue construction paper waves over the island. 
  6. Glue the crab legs to the back half of the large folded red circle. Add the arms on the top corner of the fold. Glue the antennas to the back top of the crab body.
  7. Glue the grab body to the canvas. Have the crab sit on the island. The circle crab body should fold open. We are going to add a message later. 
  8. Glue two of the smaller folded circles together at the point so they form a claw. Repeat with the other two circles. 
  9. Glue the claws to the end of the crab arms. 
  10. If you have googley eyes add those to the end of the antennas. If you do not have googley eyes you can cut eyes from construction paper or draw them with markers.
  11. Add a smile to your crab. 
  12. Open the craft body and write happy summer or a message of your choice! 

3D Construction Paper Crab Canvas Kids Craft

Project 2: Watermelon Front Door Hanger

This is the perfect craft for an adult or teen! The kids can definitely get in on the paint part of the project. Make it as big or as small as you want.

Fun Idea: Cut out watermelons for everyone in the family and have a Friday night pizza and paint party! 


  • Foam Core Board
  • Crayola Acrylic Paint & Paint Brush
  • Craft Knife
  • Pencil
  • String
  • Glue
  • Decoupage


  1. Draw the shape of half of a watermelon with a bite out of it on the foam board. Cut out with a craft knife (adult job). A box cutter will give you the smoothest line.
  2. You will need the following colors of acrylic paint. (you might have to mix some): Medium green, a lighter shade of green, hot pink, a lighter shade of pink, black, and white. 
  3. Use the pencil to sketch three layers to the watermelon rine. 
  4. Paint the outer layer of rine green, the next layer white and third layer black. 
  5. Paint the rest of the watermelon hot pink. 
  6. Paint stripes on the green rine of the watermelon with a lighter shade of green. 
  7. Paint polka dots on the hot the pink with a lighter shade of pink. 
  8. Paint seeds using the black paint. Add a line to each seed with white paint. 
  9. Let the watermelon completely dry. 
  10. Once dry paint a layer of decoupage over the whole watermelon to weatherproof it. 
  11. Once the decoupage is dry cut and glue a piece of string to the back of the watermelon. 

DIY Painted Watermelon Front Door Hanger

Project 3: Paper Bag Mermaid

This is the craft that keeps on giving! Your kids will be playing with their mermaid long after they finish making it! 


  • Paper Bag
  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • Crayola Metallic Markers
  • Crayola Markers
  • Crayola Glue Stick
  • Googley Eyes
  • Scissors
  • Mermaid Templates


  1. Trace and cut the templates for the mermaid tail, top, mouth, and hair on construction paper. 
  2. Glue all the parts on to the paper bag. 
  3. Decorate with the metallic markers and glitter glue. 
  4. Add googley eyes if you have them. If not draw the eyes or cut them from construction paper! 

Have some fun with your mermaid and have a puppet show! 

Mermaid Paper Bag Craft for Kids

Tune in to Crayola's Facebook Page every Tuesday at 1:00pm EST to catch me sharing three crafts you can make at home! 

xoxo- Lynn 


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