These DIY Picnic Hacks Will Help You Make the Most of Your Summer

Summer is almost here, which means plenty of time for casual outdoor entertaining. These DIY picnic ideas will make it easy to create special memories with your family and friends.

Make S’mores in a Bag
Pack Snacks for Little Ones in an Egg Carton
Use a Shower Curtain to Keep Your Picnic Blanket Dry
Mason Jar Drinks
Six Pack into a Condiment Caddy
Play Crazy Cans
DIY Bug Repellent Summer Mason Jar-Luminaries
Picnic pocket placemat on blanket
Sponge Bomb Fight

Serve Drinks in a Mason Jar


Mason jars are perfect for casual entertaining. Serve an assortment of fruit flavored sun tea in sealed mason jars, stashed in a large metal ice bucket. Photo courtesy of Thirsty for Tea.

Pack Snacks for Little Ones in an Egg Carton


If you have a child who likes to nibble, pack an assortment of picnic snacks in an egg carton for a disposable meal on the go. Photo courtesy of Where Do We Find the Time.

Make S’mores in a Bag


S’mores may be a traditional picnic dessert, but they’re really messy — especially when you have younger children at your event. An easier alternative is to make s’mores in a bag using individual servings of Teddy Grahams. Thirty Handmade Days has the details.

Turn a Six Pack into a Condiment Caddy


Cover an empty six pack holder with pretty paper to make a caddy for ketchup, mustard, and other picnic necessities.  Design Sponge has the tutorial.

Sew Place Mats with Utensil Pockets


Place mats with built-in utensil pockets help keep everything neat and organized on the way to your destination. Centsational Girl has the tutorial for this clever sewing project.

Keep Bugs Away with Stylish Luminaries


Fill mason jars with water, lemons, limes, rosemary, and an essential oil blend to keep away bugs. Add floating tealight candles for mood lighting once it’s dark outside.  A Little CLAIREifciation explains how.

Use a Shower Curtain to Keep Your Picnic Blanket Dry

shower curtain under blanket

An inexpensive dollar store shower curtain layered underneath your blanket will keep everything dry even when the grass is a bit damp. See more picnic hacks at

Play Crazy Cans

crazy cans

Keep guests entertained with fun outdoor games like this DIY crazy cans set. Made from recyclables, it’s a frugal and eco-friendly choice that people of all ages will enjoy. Two Shades of Pink has the project tutorial.

Have a Sponge Bomb Fight

Sponge Bomb Fight

When it’s super hot outside, cool off with a sponge bomb fight. Made from dollar store sponges, these bombs are reusable and much less time-consuming to prep than traditional water balloons. Visit Heart is In the Details to learn more.

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