45 summer outfit ideas with floral plants

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    Add color and pattern to your summer table by simply sewing tea towels together to create table runners.

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    Protect your table from cold summer drinks with these embellished cork coasters.

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    Whether you're seeking shelter from the hot sun or a midsummer storm, our handcrafted, perfect-for-summer ideas will keep you busy all afternoon.


    Crochet these open-stitched summer bags, ideal for transporting items to the beach or to a picnic.

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    Whip-stitch lanyard around leather to make accessories like a mouse pad, card wallet, pen case, or sleeve for an iPad.

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    With just a can of silver spray paint, you can transform straw hats, slippers, and totes into chic make-it-yourself accessories you’ll use all season.

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    These cool accessories find their inspiration in summer camp projects. Grab some traditional lanyard and start crafting!

  • Perfect for summer table settings, these napkin rings were inspired by the cuff of a seersucker shirt.

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    Add a breezy, bighearted poppy to your summer wardrobe with these easy-to-make fabric poppies. Attach florals to belts, dresses, and hats, or tuck into hair.

  • Stitch a pretty sun hat with a floppy brim for you or the kids using fabrics of your choice.

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    Gather ornaments of all shapes and sizes and stitch them to a linen backing for a showstopper necklace. When selecting your specimens, look for a range of sizes and styles, but make sure everything is lightweight.

    How to Make the Curios Cluster Necklace
  • These whimsical little samplers only require a few supplies and are small enough to pack up and take with you to the beach or the airport. Choose from our animal, gardening, fashion, and sewing clip-art motifs, and start cross-stitching!

  • Create a fresh flower necklace with the kids by linking flowers to make a long bohemian strand, a demure choker, or anything in between.

  • Make seersucker cocktail and dinner napkins for your warm-weather party in no time.

  • With the help of the sun, you can capture the silhouettes of flowers and plants on pillow cases and enjoy botanical beauty all year long.

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  • Wrap glass candleholders in textured plant leaves, and your meal will have the feel of the tropics, no matter your latitude.

  • Bleach is usually off-limits where colored fabric is concerned, but this decorative application gets our full approval.

  • A plain canvas tote and a straw beach hat are turned into bright, sunny creations using touches of raffia.

  • Colorful pinwheels, made out of coordinating sheets of origami or lightweight paper, stand tall against a blue summer sky, poised to whirl at the slightest suggestion of wind.

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    The same oilcloth that covers your kitchen table can transport your children's lunches -- or your own summer -- in leak-free style.

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  • We gave these terra-cotta pots an aged look, then trimmed them with seashells.

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    The scallop shell's iconic shape turns pillows into inspired home accessories.

  • Birch disks, stained in a variety of hues and then treated with a coat of matte polyurethane, can be used as decorative and functional trivets, coasters for drinks, and mini hors d'oeuvre trays.

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    The cheerful origami tops of these drink umbrellas provide a gentle shade for all your summer drinks.

  • Give your flip-flops a one-of-a-kind look by decorating them with trim and embellishments.

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  • Dress a serving tray or two in jaunty summer stripes.

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    Keep track of beach essentials -- sunscreen, novels, flip-flops -- by sinking them in a corner pocket.

  • Collect white clamshells to form a pretty souvenir wreath for your home.

  • Add a terry cloth slipcover, so plastic beach pillows will feel soft and dry, not hot and sticky.

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  • A round cotton tablecloth printed with huge monstera leaves in something close to their natural color makes a summery statement.

  • Dress up standard summer flip-flops with these whimsical decorations.

  • For cheerful containers, stain pots in colors that complement their contents.

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    You can waterproof a cotton or wool blanket by adding a protective backing of water-resistant fabric such as ripstop nylon or oilcloth, and safely lounge on damp grass.

  • Mini raffia pom-poms atop bamboo skewers create a stir. Bright-green raffia wrapped around the pitcher provides more texture.

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    Rinse away grit after a beach trip -- or a wrestling match with the mower. This outdoor shower hooks right up to your garden hose.

  • Camp chairs with sling seats are ideal for lounging by the sea, especially when they have been updated with beach-worthy prints.

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    Use this simple fish-print technique to make a one-of-a-kind T-shirt that's perfect for adults and kids alike.

  • Bamboo is as handsome as it is versatile. So it seems only natural that the material should join us at the table in the form of sturdy napkin rings.

  • Canvas sneakers are comfy and cool, but you may not find them in colors you want. Put a spring in your step by setting the shade yourself.

  • Fold your tablecloth in half a few times, and it can be easily stowed for your trip to the picnic spot.

  • Protect your party clothes while serving guests or whipping up last-minute treats -- without donning an outfit-obscuring coverall.

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  • These fashionably printed grocery totes will have you saying "no thanks" to plastic bags.

  • Encased in luminous yellow jars, these charming votives add an inviting glow to any summertime table.

  • Found objects -- seashells, stones, and the like -- can become party-perfect place cards when you use an ink pad and rubber stamps to dress them up.

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  • This windproof holder ensures napkins will stay stacked during your next outdoor party.

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    Brighten your tabletop with these cheerful gingham batik-print napkins.

  • Protect your summer reading at the beach or pool with these stylish covers.

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  • Even if the only water in sight is in a pitcher, you can still bring the feeling of the beach to your table with these napkins featuring vintage shell designs.

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