Last Updated on August 10, 2020

Summer is here! It’s a new season and a time to reconnect with all things that bring us joy. As we find ourselves spending more time at home these days, now is the perfect time to put your talents to work to make your heart and your home a happy place.

This month, Granite and TREND Transformations has found some fun and easy DIY projects that are sure to unleash your creativity. If you’re someone who thinks you don’t have a creative bone in your body, it’s time to give yourself some credit. There is something for everyone. You just have to find your niche. You’ll be surprised how much fun and rewarding it can be.

Planting a Flower Garden

It’s not too late to plant a flower garden. And no, you don’t need a green thumb, either. In fact, you can have a beautiful bed of blooms in no time with just a few simple steps. Skip the seeds this year and go for flowering plants, such as annuals, that can add a pop of color to any flowerbed or yard. Just be sure to read the labels so you know where the plants will grow best—sun, shade, or both.

Tip: Flowering plants grow best in soil that is loose, well-drained, and contains organic material. Be sure to space the plants apart to allow roots to grow. Then, just add water and watch them bloom.

Pressing Flowers

Making pressed flowers is a nostalgic pastime, and one that is making a comeback in a beautiful way. Whether you frame them and display as art, adorn handwritten cards or letters, or give as a special gift, pressed flowers are a beautiful way to capture a memory in time. Not to be confused with dried flowers, pressed flowers require fresh blooms to be harvested just before their peak. All you need is some absorbent paper and a heavy book. After about one week, replace the paper and let the flowers dry for another two-to-three weeks. Whether you want to preserve a bouquet from a special occasion or pick one of your favorite flowers from your new garden, the process is simple, rewarding, and makes a great DIY home project.

Tip: For best results, flowers with naturally flat blooms—such as violets, daisies and single-petal roses—are the easiest to press. Ferns make a great greenery to press.


Tie-dye is a classic art throwback from the 1960s that has never really faded away. In fact, tie-dye seems more popular today than in recent decades, and for good reason: It’s fun, colorful, unique, and extremely forgiving. Who would know if you messed up? Due to the tie-dying technique, there are virtually endless designs to make it the perfect project for unleashing your creativity. Summer is a great time to try your hand at tie-dying. It makes a great outdoor DIY home project. Try testing your talent on plain white shirts, tank tops, socks, hats, or whatever fits your groove.

Tip: You’ll need a few things to get started: A large plastic bin, heavy-duty rubber gloves, a package of rubber bands with varying widths (which add depth and varying pattern designs), and a six-pack of plastic squeeze bottles for controlling the dye.

Inspirational Canvas

We all have something to say. And what better way to express yourself than on a canvas? The best part of painting a canvas is there is no judging. It’s all you. Now is the time to show off your artistic abilities (no matter what they are), your feelings, your opinions, and your credo. Whatever your personality might be, it can be proudly displayed wherever you want. Whether you choose to paint one or several, creating canvases are a great outlet for expression and a fun way to decorate your home. You can even give them as gifts.

Hint: The holidays are only six months away!

Backyard Dining Space

Summertime is family time. And what better way to spend time together than at mealtime? While some of us still prefer dining at home these days, now is the time to splurge on some new outdoor dining extras. Think about purchasing new non-breakable dinnerware and stemware (today’s patterns are more beautiful than ever), new seat cushions, a new table umbrella, and even a new hurricane lamp with a candle to add ambiance to your table. You can also add outdoor lighting and music to set the mood. Whatever you choose, it’s sure to make you and your family feel pampered and special.

Tip: Think about what you enjoy when you dine out and try to replicate it when shopping for new items. Do you enjoy a particular style of barware or a special shape dish? Is there a special pattern or color you admire but never had the gusto to use it in your home? Now is the time to go for it.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these easy DIY home projects to beautify your home this summer. Did you know that this season is also a great time to consider a kitchen or bathroom renovation? Granite and TREND Transformations offers free virtual or in-home design consultations to kick-start your way to a beautiful new space. Our new partnership with Microban® antimicrobial technology is built into our products, giving each one an added level of product protection against the growth of bacteria.

Discover our gorgeous selection of etheriumTM by E-Stone surfaces and see how easy it is to transform your kitchen or bath. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. Virtually or in the privacy of your own home, we are here for you to make your dream renovation a reality.