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By Rebekah Lowin

TODAY's series "In, Out and About" is featuring some of the trendiest items you can make yourself. And on Wednesday, Erica Domesek, lifestyle expert and founder of the lifestyle blog "P.S. — I Made This," shared a few of her favorite summer projects.

Read on to see which of her creative ideas you might want to bring into your own home — then grab your fabric scissors and get started!

Erica's also taking over TODAY's Pinterest account on Wednesday! You can check out her board here.

Painted shell bracelet

What you need:

  • Gold chain (circumference of your wrist)
  • Gold jump rings
  • Clasp
  • Colored nail polish
  • Clear nail polish
  • Cowry shells (with holes or you can pierce yourself with an awl)

Steps:

  1. Paint two thin coats of colored nail polish on each cowry shell.
  2. Let dry for a few minutes then paint a thin coat of clear nail polish.
  3. Loop a jump ring through the top hole of each shell
  4. Attach the shells across the chain evenly by hooking on the jump rings and closing them shut
  5. Attach a jump ring to the end of the chain and a clasp on the other

Keepsake cuff

TODAY Show: 7 DIY summer crafts perfect for a family roadtrip, from Erica Domesek of 'P.S. I Made This' -- July 22, 2015Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

What you need:

  • Cuff
  • Seashell (or agate or brooch)
  • Wire
  • Swiss army knife
  • E6000 glue

Steps:

  1. Squeeze a dollop of E6000 onto the backside of your shell. Press and hold it against the center of the cuff for a few seconds.
  2. Wrap gold wire around both the shell and cuff to secure it in place (P.S- This also adds an extra flare to your new arm candy, so don’t be afraid to wrap more than necessary).
  3. Snip off the wire end with the scissors on your Swiss army knife. If you don’t have a shell lying around, use agate or coral from your summer beach trip or repurpose a vintage brooch!

Map wall art

TODAY Show: 7 DIY summer crafts perfect for a family roadtrip, from Erica Domesek of 'P.S. I Made This' -- July 22, 2015Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

What you need:

  • Map (print out)
  • Awl or hole punch
  • Embroidery thread
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Picture frame

Steps:

  1. Find a map that shows where you will be traveling through to get to your vacation destination.
  2. Find a frame to display your final project in and use this as a guide as to how big you should print the map you have chosen. Resize and/or crop your map accordingly.
  3. After printing, use an awl to poke holes in a line out the route you will be traveling.
  4. Thread the needle with the embroidery thread.
  5. Stitch along the route.
  6. When you are done with your route, sew an "X" to mark where you began and where you traveled to.
  7. Put the finished project in your frame to display your keepsake.

Edible Necklace

TODAY Show: 7 DIY summer crafts perfect for a family roadtrip, from Erica Domesek of 'P.S. I Made This' -- July 22, 2015Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

What you need:

  • Scissors
  • String (bakers or any similar style)
  • Snacks with holes in the middle (mini donuts, mini pretzels, Fruit Loops, etc.)

Steps:

  1. Cut a string long enough to create a necklace that will easily slip over the wear's head.
  2. String your various treats along the necklace.
  3. Tie and knot it once you have the desired mount of snacks on the necklace.
  4. Give to your little ones and let them enjoy!

Shell board games

TODAY Show: 7 DIY summer crafts perfect for a family roadtrip, from Erica Domesek of 'P.S. I Made This' -- July 22, 2015Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

What you need:

  • Cloth napkins
  • Fabric paint
  • Paint brush
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painter's tape
  • Sea shells from the beach
  • Iron

Steps for checkers board:

  1. Iron your napkin.
  2. Measure and mark a square outline in the center of your napkin. Our napkin is a 20" square and we marked a 15" square outline.
  3. Divide and mark the outlined square into a grid of 5x5 squares. This will make up your game board.
  4. Use painter's tape to block off every other square. This will ensure your paint lines are straight.
  5. Paint the squares two alternating colors until your board is fully painted. Two light coats of paint should do the trick!
  6. Once it is fully dry, remove the painters tape.
  7. Grab the shells you have collected from your day at the beach and separate into game pieces.

Steps for tic-tac-toe:

  1. Iron your napkin.
  2. Measure and tape off a large square outline in the center of your napkin. Our napkin is a 20" square and we marked a 15" square outline.
  3. Divide and mark the outlined square into a grid of 3x3 squares. This will make up your game board.
  4. Use painter's tape to block off the game board lines. The taped off area should look like a number sign #.This will ensure your paint lines are straight.
  5. Paint your lines with two light coats of paint.
  6. Once it is fully dry, remove the painters tape.
  7. Grab the shells you have collected from your day at the beach and separate into game pieces.

Shell Jewelry - recently added demo…steps to come!

T-Shirt tote bag

TODAY Show: 7 DIY summer crafts perfect for a family roadtrip, from Erica Domesek of 'P.S. I Made This' -- July 22, 2015Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

What you need:

  • T-shirt
  • Fabric scissors

Steps:

  1. Lay out your t-shirt on a flat surface.
  2. Cut off the sleeves and the collar (it will look like a tank top!)
  3. Flip the shirt inside out and cut vertical slits along the bottom of the shirt, this will create 1" wide strips.
  4. Double knot the strips together.
  5. Flip shirt back right side out, to hide your knots.

Lawn scrabble

TODAY Show: 7 DIY summer crafts perfect for a family roadtrip, from Erica Domesek of 'P.S. I Made This' -- July 22, 2015Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

What you need:

  • Card stock
  • Ink jet printer

Steps:

  1. Select a font for your scrabble letters.
  2. Print out letters of the alphabet, one page per letter - we recommend a heavy stock and to make the letter even more durable you can laminate them
  3. Go outside and play!