You know what they say: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Rather than dread the springtime rainy season, learn to love it with these easy DIY projects! From essential gear and functional tools to pretty decor and fun activities, we’ve got you covered for the next time the clouds roll in.
First of all, we’re putting the rain to work. Why let a natural water source go to waste? Installing a rain barrel ensures a constantly renewable source of water, which can be used for your plants (indoor and outdoor) and basic things like washing your car. And with an easy DIY like this, it can be customized to fit the look of your home and garden.
An alternative to the downspout, rain chains redirect rainwater into drains or containers while adding a decorative touch. It’s functional, while also allowing you to see the rainwater drained in a visually appealing way, and just looks like nice home decor on dry days. So pick a design and DIY the perfect match to your outdoor space!
DIY Boot Liners
Rainy days mean rain boots, which can also mean cold feet. Upgrade your standard rubber boots with a fleece liner, which provides comfort, style and even helps to stop water leaking in. This DIY lets you pick a custom fabric, and it couldn’t be easier to measure, cut, sew and go! Out the door before the first raindrop falls.
A River Rock Boot Tray
Your rain boots might be waterproof on the inside, but those bad boys are just waiting to drip all over your house. This DIY for a river rock boot tray keeps your outdoor shoes organized, your floors clean and couldn’t be simpler: the water drains through the rocks and to the bottom of the tray, and you can pour it out when you’re ready. A must-have for every entryway!
Feeling really crafty? Stand out with a custom rain coat, surprisingly made from a (not-so-surprisingly) hydrophobic shower curtain! You get to customize a flattering silhouette, adjust the button and hood size, and pick a really unique pattern for the outside. Who knows, you might actually start looking forward to rainy forecasts for a chance to show it off.
An Upcycled Umbrella
You can’t be grumpy while carrying one of these! This DIY lets you upgrade your standard store-bought umbrella into a cheerful fruit slice, using only tape and paint. We highly suggest outfitting your entire squad with a different fruit slice the next time rain rolls around.
Custom Rain Painting
Now that we’ve put the rain to work, it’s time to let it take on the role of “art studio assistant.” After your kids draw with washable markers on watercolor paper, let the pictures spend some time in the rain. The drizzle takes the artwork to a new level, and lets kids experiment with different ways of creating art. It’s a great rainy day activity for bored (and creative) kids!
Don’t be startled by the strange name: magic puddles are the perfect way to encourage little kids to get outside after the rain! Add dish soap to puddles to get the suds going, then add powdered paint mixed with baking soda to create a multi-colored playground. Glitter and flowers make a fairy theme, and green paint plus plastic bugs are a little monster’s dream. Totally customizable and fun.
Invisible Rain Art
It’s time to make art that your whole neighborhood can enjoy, but only when the time is right. After making a stencil from cardboard, apply superhydrophobic spray to the sidewalk (it’s non-toxic, so no worries). You won’t get to enjoy the reward of your craft until the next rainfall, but it’ll be worth it to see the reactions of people surprised by the invisible art. Great way to spread cheer in the gloomy weather!
One thing we don’t recommend for rainy day fun: soaking your phone. Just like with your raincoat and boots, ensure your electronics stay protected with a DIY waterproof bag. Lined with a shower curtain and made from the fabric of your choice, it’s another way to not let the weather get you down (or destroy your valuables).
Have any other favorite DIYs to make the most of a rainy day? Let us know in the comments!