37 Creative Beach Craft Ideas to Try During the Summer

Updated on August 25, 2018
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly 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.

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. Framed Shells

Here is an easy craft that would be a nice gift for Dad's office as a reminder of a special summer vacation. Better Homes & Gardens shares the instructions for these framed shells as well as 28 other beach projects.

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. Hand Towel Beach Bag

I love these Martha Stewart hand-towel beach bags. You can make one to carry all your essentials for the day!

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. Hooded Beach-Towel Backpack

I have a few little grandkids that would love this hooded backpack. Do you know a few people who would love receiving this DIY project?

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. Flip-Flop Transformation

Refashion a pair of flip-flops using Mod Podge and following the tutorial at Crafts Unleashed. This simple project results in a great looking pair of beachwear!

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. Foot Jewelry

You will definitely be noticed on the beach when wearing beautiful foot jewelry. Learn how to make your own and use the colors and beads of your choice!

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!

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. Sunbathing Companion

Once you use this beach companion, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it. Find the instructions for this project at Very Dark Horse. Carry everything you need to go to the beach.

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 Swell Life.

32. Shell Candles

Consider making shell candles in wine glasses 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 Living Well Spending Less.

34. Driftwood Houses

The kids will love making these driftwood houses!

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.

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      • ThelmaC profile image

        Thelma Raker Coffone 

        6 months ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

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

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        mina009 

        5 years ago

        Great ideas here!

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        JoshK47 

        6 years ago

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

      • JoanieMRuppel54 profile image

        Joanie Ruppel 

        6 years ago from Keller, Texas

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

      • alina nicoleta92 profile image

        alina nicoleta92 

        6 years ago

        Such an amazing lens. Great job.

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        latiptop 

        6 years ago

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

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        supermom_in_ny 

        6 years ago

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

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        GabStar 

        6 years ago

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

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        lucia1990 

        6 years ago

        nice lens...

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        BestRatedStuff 

        6 years ago

        nice collection

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        motobidia 

        6 years ago

        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!

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        Mary Norton 

        6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Really creative.

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        Avi Wolfson 

        6 years ago from Massachusetts

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

      • Onlinemum3 profile image

        Onlinemum3 

        6 years ago

        Great lens. I love the framed seashells.

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        intermarks 

        6 years ago

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

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        Wedding Mom 

        6 years ago

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

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        Silverbullionaire 

        6 years ago

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

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        BeadCatz 

        6 years ago

        Great ideas. Thanks for sharing

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        iPSiArt 

        6 years ago

        Thanks for the ideas!

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        YogaAngel 

        6 years ago

        What cute ideas!

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        casquid 

        6 years ago

        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

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        Linda F Correa 

        6 years ago from Spring Hill Florida

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

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        leonasharon 

        6 years ago

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

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        Oh,yes. Great lens.

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        lovemicheala 

        6 years ago

        it is this year! great lens!

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        Kim 

        6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

        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

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        Karnel 

        6 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

        Great ideas, I love the starfish

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        EConklinRankpop 

        6 years ago

        These are some cool craft ideas! Great lens!

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        peggygallyot 

        6 years ago

        I like the beach towels poncho. Nice.

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        gatornic15 

        6 years ago

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

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        iijuan12 

        6 years ago from Florida

        Great ideas!

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        anonymous 

        6 years ago

        A lot of great craft ideas! *Blessed!*

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        CoeGurl 

        6 years ago from USA

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

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        tfsherman lm 

        6 years ago

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

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        squidoogiftsfor 

        6 years ago

        Great stuff! well done, I like the velcro towel

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        Itaya Lightbourne 

        6 years ago from Topeka, KS

        Another fun crafty article! Blessings. :)

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        AustriaChick 

        6 years ago

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

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        Lorelei Cohen 

        6 years ago from Canada

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

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        HonoluluMom 

        6 years ago

        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.

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        Susan Deppner 

        6 years ago from Arkansas USA

        I can almost smell the saltwater!

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        Cynthia Davis 

        6 years ago from Pittsburgh

        I do love the beach and am always looking for ways to craft with items that either remind me of the beach or actually come from the beach. These beach crafts are truly artistic. Thanks for providing them. Angel Blessings**

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        susansweaters 

        6 years ago

        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.

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        KReneeC 

        6 years ago

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

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        kovid7 

        6 years ago

        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.

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        makemoneyonline5 

        6 years ago

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

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        purpleslug 

        6 years ago

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

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        ohcaroline 

        6 years ago

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

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        KateHonebrink 

        6 years ago

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

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        MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

        6 years ago from Jersey Shore

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

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        Tamara14 

        6 years ago

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

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        MerandaJade 

        6 years ago

        How creative! Beautiful craft suggestions.

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