5 Easy Summer Doodles

It’s so relaxing and fun to doodle, and there are lots of great things you can do with little whimsical drawings! These 5 easy summer doodles are perfect for your journal, planner, calendar, or even handmade notes and cards.

Image contains doodles of a watermelon, surfboard, palm tree, cold drink, and life ring around the words, “5 easy summer doodles."

How to Create 5 Easy Summer Doodles

No matter your age or your artistic experience, anyone can doodle! Just grab these basic supplies and let’s get started!


  • paper
  • pencil with eraser
  • fine tip black drawing pen
  • colored pencils, markers, or crayons
  • white gel pen (optional)

Life Ring

To draw a life ring, sketch a large circle with a smaller one inside. Divide the ring into sections by drawing two lines on the top, bottom, left, and right. Color the smaller sections red, and leave the ring white. If you like, add a white highlight with a gel pen.

Image shows four steps for drawing a life ring, as described in the instructions.


Start by drawing a half circle with a line across the top. Draw a second “u” shape inside for the rind, then add three teardrop shaped seeds.

Image contains four steps for drawing a slice of watermelon, as described in the written instructions.


Sketch two curving lines moving down from a center point to form the shape of the surfboard. Draw an upside-down “v” shape at the bottom, and a vertical line through the center of the board. Then, add stripes or any other pattern/decoration you like to make it unique!

Image contains five steps for drawing a surfboard, as described in the written instructions.

Palm Tree

Start your tree by drawing two curving lines for the trunk. Then, add two crescent shapes on top. Draw two more crescents on top of the first ones, and finally, add the fifth leaf. Draw detail lines and color your tree.

Image contains six steps for drawing a palm tree, as described in the written instructions.

Summer Drink

Draw a “u” shape with an oval on top. Add lines for a stem and a circle base. Draw an oval inside the glass for the top of the liquid. Then, sketch the umbrella with one long diagonal line and four short ones. Connect the short lines to form the umbrella. Color your drink to represent your favorite cocktail or lemonade.

Doodle Tips

  • It’s best to do your sketching in pencil first, so you can erase any mistakes and/or areas where the lines from one step overlap a previous one.
  • When you’re happy with your pencil sketch, trace your drawing with a fine-tip drawing pen. Once the pen is dry, erase your pencil lines, and color your doodle.
  • Remember that all drawings are just a combination of basic shapes and lines, put together in a particular way.

Frequently Asked Questions

What paper is best for doodling?

Any paper will do! I prefer to use unlined, medium weight sketch paper when I doodle, but if all you have on hand is notebook paper or computer paper, that will work just fine. If you plan to make a card or a gift tag, try something a bit heavier like Bristol Board.

What kind of fine-line drawing pen do you recommend?

I love the Tombow Mono Drawing Pens, which are available in a variety of tip sizes. Sakura Micron pens are also a great choice.

What should I use to color my doodles?

You can use crayons, colored pencils, or markers…whatever you prefer. My personal fave is Tombow Dual Brush Pens.

Where can I learn more doodles?

I have lots of others here on the website, plus my book Doodle Everything teaches you to draw more than 400 whimsical images!

More Doodle Tutorials

If you enjoyed learning these five doodles, here are more you can learn right here on the website!

If you try these summer doodles, I’d love to see how they turn out! Make sure you’re part of the Amy Latta & Friends Facebook Group so you can share your photos and we can all be inspired. Hope to see you there! Also, make sure you check out my book, Doodle Everything, which has over 400 tutorials just like these.

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