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11 Classic Summer Camp Crafts for Kids

11 classic summer crafts that you'll remember from your own childhood...all in one place!

Now that summer is officially underway, I’ve been getting nostalgic for classic summer camp crafts. You know, the ones that you would make every year — things to wear, hang on your wall, and gift to your parents at the end of summer.

These projects are intended to take you back to your childhood, and maybe inspire you to bring some of this time-tested goodness back into your life this summer. I know that my 4-year old will enjoy tie-dying and sand casting, so I’m adding those to my summer bucket list.

What crafts do you remember from your camp days?

Tie Dye Camp

Tie Dye Tutorial, YouTube video with So Sallyo. You could also try this one-step tie dye kit.

friendship bracelet camp honestly wtf

Make simple Chevron Friendship Bracelets.For all the supplies you’ll need, I love this multi-pack of embroidery floss.

God’s Eye,  For a colorful selection of yarn, check out this bright 8-pack of tiny, soft yarn skeins.

Summer Camp Craft: Paint Birdhouses

Paint Birdhouses. TinkerLab. Pic up inexpensive wooden birdhouses at the craft store, add acrylic paint, and you’ll have a birdhouse or bird feeder for summer. For non-toxic acrylic paint, you could try Reeves non-toxic acrylic paint set (affiliate)

Sand casting camp paint cut paste

Sand Casting with Plaster and Shells, Artful Parent. Need plaster of paris? Amazon has you covered!

diy windchimes camp hands on as we grow

DIY Wind Chimes, Hands on: As we grow. Need brushes? You could try these silicon basting brushes.

Rain Stick camp Imagination Tree

DIY: Rain Stick, The Imagination Tree

Sand candles camp Child Central Station

Sand Candles, Child Central Station. If you need candle wax, this natural soy wax (in a 10 lb. bag) is an Amazon bestseller.

colored rice bottles camp plain vanilla mom

Colored Rice Bottle Art, Plain Vanilla Mom

Nature Impressions in Sculpey camp Plum pudding

Nature Impressions in Sculpey, Plum Pudding. Sculpey is a polymer clay that’s easy to use and bakes hard in your oven. Awesome stuff. And there’s a great deal on it over here.

Bell Shaker camp Mini Eco

Bell Shaker Instrument, Mini Eco. Make your own with acorns, bells, fishing wire, and a stick with a V-shape.

Papier Mache Bowl camp

Papier Mache Bowl, Art Projects for Kids

Classic Summer Camp Crafts for Kids

TinkerLab Schoolhouse Online Art Club for Kids

Engaging kids art classes - from the comfort of home!

You set up the supplies & we'll offer the instruction.

21 Comments

    • Thanks Carolyn — I had fun with this graphic, and glad it stands out. You’re so kind to share — much appreciated.

  1. great roundup! thanks for including our sand casting project! i’m nostalgic for that vacation right now. on that same trip, we made tons of friendship bracelets for each other, as well. that beautiful acorn shaker has seriously been on my to-do list for over a year now. isn’t mini-eco so fab??? happy summer!

    • Uh-huh — it was hard to choose from your bounty of projects, but this one stands out because I had done it soooo many times myself. Look forward to trying it with my kids this summer.

  2. Love these!!! Just looking at them takes me back to childhood!

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  8. […] 11 Classic Summer Camp Crafts for Kids Now that summer is officially underway, I’ve been getting nostalgic for classic summer camp crafts. You know, the ones that you would make every year — things to wear, hang on your wall, and gift to your parents at the end of summer. […]

  9. My daughter and her friends love this😊she wanted to do more and more.🤣

  10. I always loved crafting at camp in the 60’s.
    This stuff never gets too old nor do I. (:

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