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37 Creative Beach Craft Ideas to Try During the Summer

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.


Make Fun Beach-Themed Crafts!

If you are decorating for a summer beach wedding, you’ll find perfect ideas here. If you are looking for ocean or beach craft ideas for the kids, you’ll find them here also! Make this summer memorable with fun crafts!

For the directions to put together the mason jar votives above, go to Confessions of a Plate Addict.

FYI: Know the requirements or limits about collecting shells, etc. from the beaches you visit since it's often illegal or at least highly discouraged to take shells and such from beaches.


1. Driftwood Vase

Simplicity at its finest! The driftwood vase is unbelievably easy to make, and its simple beauty is undeniable. Now, you can walk along the beach and pick up the driftwood to make different projects!


2. Seashell and Glass Floats Wreath

I do wish I had a beach home to hang a nautical wreath like this! This is so beautiful and has a very unique and seaworthy look.


3. Coastal Mirror

Your friends will never believe that you did this mirror makeover yourself. Just follow the instructions at At The Picket Fence to replicate the mirror makeover.


4. Sea Glass Candle Jar

Imagine making these sea glass candle jars to give to your friends as gifts! They will be impressed with your crafting talent. You don't even have to tell them how easy these were to make!


5. Terry Towel Cover-Up and Beach Pillow

Look what you can make using a beautiful beach towel. There are so many terrific towel prints on the market that you may have to make more than just one.

6. Romantic Seashell Frames

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7. Beach-Themed Solar-Light Jars


8. Sand Casts

Not only will the kids love making these sand casts, but you'll also have a memento to save as a family heirloom for the future.

9. Super Easy Beach Bag


10. Popsicle-Stick Beach Sign

This beach sign is really a nice craft for the kids to make. They'll love having this to remember the trip to the beach.


11. BBQ Apron

Dress the cook right for grilling the BBQ at the beach party. You'll find this pattern at Sew4Home.


12. Pebble Sphere

At last, a project using all the pretty rocks that the kids like to pick up is here! This is a beautiful decorator piece for any décor style.

13. Easy Beach Kimono


14. Mermaid Necklace

I have a few little granddaughters who would love this beautiful sea shell mermaid necklace.


15. Bottle Octopus

This little octopus was made with a plastic water bottle. It would be so fun to have the kids personalize the creature with their favorite colors and decorations.


16. Starfish and Burlap Art

Giving a gift like this framed starfish and burlap art would be so appropriate for a beach-themed wedding.


17. Beach Flag

By going to Crafts by Amanda, you can learn to make this beautiful beach flag out of paint sticks. This is really a great, easy, and inexpensive craft that will enhance your nautical room.


18. Coastal Tray

Make a beautiful coastal tray by following the tutorial at Fun Money Mom. This simple project results in an attractive and useful tray.

19. T-Shirt Beach Swimsuit Coverup


20. Beach Bottles

This is another of the beautiful decorator projects. This looks like it could have been purchased at Pier 1. Charcoal & Crayons shares the instructions.


21. Coastal Christmas Ornament

Learn how to make your own beautiful coastal Christmas ornament. A great reminder of a summer beach visit.


22. Starfish Coffee Mugs

You probably won't be drinking hot coffee at the beach, but you can enjoy a cuppa this winter while recalling all the fun you had at the beach. This coffee mug would make a great gift for Mom or Dad.


23. Beach Hat

You can make this attractive beach hat from an inexpensive straw hat and ribbon. What a great item to take with you during the summer!


24. Beachy Lantern

Add this beautiful lantern to your summer cottage-themed décor!

Beach Crafts

25. Seashell Letters

Make one letter or create a word—whatever works for you! Find the tutorial for making these seashell letters at Beach Bliss Living.


26. Sea Glass Window Art

I love the looks of sea glass and this is a great way to use it. The tutorial for this sea glass window art is found at The House House.


27. Faux Driftwood

For all of us landlocked folks, here is a tutorial to make your own driftwood from sticks or branches of the trees near you.


28. Paint-Stick Picture Frame

Imagine making this beautiful picture frame using paint sticks. This is an outstanding picture frame for a beach-themed photo.


29. Faux Starfish

Make a faux starfish to add a fun touch to your home!


30. Driftwood Fish

If my style of decorating included a beach theme, this driftwood fish would definitely be a project that I would want to do.


31. Seashell Hairpins

Making shell hairpins is so easy when you know what sort of glue to use. Find the directions for making these hairpins at Busy Being Jennifer.


32. Fisherman Netting Wrapped Jars

Consider making fisherman netting wrapped jars for a beach-themed wedding table decoration!


33. Party Favors

This would be a perfect wedding favor for a beach or ocean destination reception. Find the instructions for making these beach favors at Wedding Inspiration.

34. Driftwood Houses Ideas


35. Driftwood Wreath

I love this for its simplicity. Find the tutorial for making this driftwood wreath at Klienworth and Company.


36. Ocean Slime

Kids love making and playing with slime. Find the tutorial for making this ocean slime at Buggy & Buddy.


37. Kinetic Sand

Make a large tub of this and the kids will think they are at the beach. One Little Project shares the recipe and instructions for this activity.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

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Thelma Raker Coffone from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on March 12, 2018:

Lots of great ideas that don't look too dificult. I plan on making a couple of them. Thanks for the info.

mina009 on August 09, 2013:

Great ideas here!

JoshK47 on July 17, 2012:

What a beautiful way to make everything all nice and summer-y! :)

Joanie Ruppel from Keller, Texas on July 08, 2012:

A trip (or two) to the beach is what I look forward to all year round. Enjoyed these craft ideas.

alina nicoleta92 on July 07, 2012:

Such an amazing lens. Great job.

latiptop on July 06, 2012:

I love these ideas! Looks like I'm gonna be making some stuff for my bathroom.:)

supermom_in_ny on July 06, 2012:

I love this lens! Liked it and tweeted. Going to try some of these crafts. Sending it to some friends too. Great job! ;)

GabStar on July 06, 2012:

I love the beach, that's why I'm always there beachcombing :-)

lucia1990 on July 06, 2012:

nice lens...

BestRatedStuff on July 05, 2012:

nice collection

motobidia on July 05, 2012:

Yes - it'd be great to go to the beach today! I've nominated your lens to today's SquidQuest as a fun place that I'd like to go. Well done!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 05, 2012:

Really creative.

Avi Wolfson from Massachusetts on July 04, 2012:

Great lens, thanks for sharing! I love the beach!

Onlinemum3 on July 04, 2012:

Great lens. I love the framed seashells.

intermarks on July 04, 2012:

Definitely, I love beaches and beaches are always my first choice.

Wedding Mom on July 03, 2012:

I like the beach. This lens has a lot of great ideas.

Silverbullionaire on July 03, 2012:

As I love beaches, I love these ideas, and so do I like this lens!

BeadCatz on July 03, 2012:

Great ideas. Thanks for sharing

iPSiArt on July 03, 2012:

Thanks for the ideas!

YogaAngel on July 03, 2012:

What cute ideas!

casquid on July 03, 2012:

Gotta get my grandchildren to bring out the bags of seashells, from last years vacation to Myrtle Beach. I see some cute shadow boxes in their futures! Thanks

Linda F Correa from Spring Hill Florida on July 03, 2012:

These are great in florida..I am very crafty with shells. Thanks for the ideas

leonasharon on July 03, 2012:

Great going, You have a wonderful lens.I would definitely refer it to my friends.

anonymous on July 03, 2012:

Oh,yes. Great lens.

lovemicheala on July 02, 2012:

it is this year! great lens!

Kim from Yonkers, NY on July 02, 2012:

Can't wait to get there. I already have some various shells saved for some crafts now I just need to find my shadow boxesAdded to my Beach Blanket fun in the sun lens

Karnel from Lower Mainland of BC on July 02, 2012:

Great ideas, I love the starfish

EConklinRankpop on July 02, 2012:

These are some cool craft ideas! Great lens!

peggygallyot on July 02, 2012:

I like the beach towels poncho. Nice.

gatornic15 on July 01, 2012:

I really like the crafts with seashells, especially the sand dollars and starfish. Blessed

Shannon from Florida on July 01, 2012:

Great ideas!

anonymous on July 01, 2012:

A lot of great craft ideas! *Blessed!*

CoeGurl on July 01, 2012:

These are really lovely crafts! I love the beach bottles.

tfsherman lm on July 01, 2012:

Love the variety! Esp. the beach bottles! I've never seen anything like them.

squidoogiftsfor on July 01, 2012:

Great stuff! well done, I like the velcro towel

Itaya Lightbourne from Topeka, KS on June 30, 2012:

Another fun crafty article! Blessings. :)

AustriaChick on June 22, 2012:

Fun lens ... the beach is always a great place to go hang out!

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on June 21, 2012:

I like the hand and foot beach crafts idea. Now those would be cute.

HonoluluMom on June 14, 2012:

When I was a kid (growing up in Hawaii) we would collect sea shells and glue them to frames made of popsicle sticks. She had them for years--even after some of the shells had fallen off. Fun times.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 14, 2012:

I can almost smell the saltwater!

susansweaters on June 02, 2012:

I like these. I had forgotten about the time honored sand footprints. I think that I will use these with the summer program that I am doing this year.

KReneeC on June 02, 2012:

Such beautiful art!! I absolutely love it and will certainly be trying them out!

kovid7 on June 01, 2012:

Will you tell me from where do you get such awesome ideas for the summer.I am really, really, really and really impressed with your creativity and ofcorse very very well done on the lens.

makemoneyonline5 on May 31, 2012:

Fantastic lens.. love it, makes me want to head to the beach, except its raining today :(

purpleslug on May 31, 2012:

Love the beach!!! Great craft ideas, Thanks!

ohcaroline on May 31, 2012:

I've always like doing things with shells and things that you bring home from the beach. Nice reminders of your favorite times.

KateHonebrink on May 31, 2012:

Love your beach-y article with all the super ideas! Kudos on being featured on the Weekend at the Beach monsterboard!

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on May 30, 2012:

Nicely done - really like the Towel Poncho for the little ones! :>)

Tamara14 on May 30, 2012:

I love that pebble sphere. What a unique craft idea as well as this whole lens. Bravo :)

MerandaJade on May 29, 2012:

How creative! Beautiful craft suggestions.