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Beach Crafts

Beach crafts are all about bringing the beach to your home in a decorative way! Here is some inspiration from online magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart, and Country Living.

seashell plates
You can use seashells to embellish pretty much anything! From frames to pots, even fireplaces. This beach craft from Better Homes and Gardens is pretty and unique. A plate is decorated with seashells. Place it on a plate stand or hang on a wall, wherever you want a touch of beach. To view more examples go to Decorative Shell Craft ideas!

make shell lantern
These Paper Lamps seem to never go out of style. You can jazz them up with capiz shells. Use Faux Capiz!

beach decor vase
Add beach appeal to a Vase by tying jute around its neck, and hot-gluing shells to the ends. If you love this, go see 8 Ways to Decorate Bottles and Jars Beach Style.

shell bookmark
A charming Shell Bookmark, much better than the Post-Its I've been using!

shell book ends
Keeping with the book theme. How about Free Bookends from the Beach!

sea shell drawer pulls
With maximum-strength epoxy everything is possible. To pull off Seashell Pulls, the trick is to use sturdy shells like oyster shells, as shown here.

sea shell tablecloth weights
And speaking of oysters, if you happen to find a bunch with sides still attached, they can be useful as Tablecloth Weights in case the wind blows -or just for the good looks. Hang them in clusters, slipping jute, knotted at both ends, between open "wings" of the shells, and lay across the table.

beach jar
And another sweet and easy beach craft from Better Homes and Gardens. Create a decorative Beach Memory Jar or bottle. Fill the bottom of the jar with beach Sand, then drop shells, pebbles, pieces of driftwood and seaglass inside the jar. If you'd like, use a paint pen to write the name of the place where you collected the shells on the side of the jar. And glue a few shells onto the lid!

seashell soap dish
As you might recall, I'm using my large Shells as Tea Light Trays, but they make pretty Soap Dishes too, all they need is a little seashell pedestal. Beach crafts can be that easy! For many more ideas, browse the category Shell Crafts!

picture pillow photo transfer
I love my Photo Pillow and Martha has a tutorial on how to transfer your beach photos onto Pillows. A great way to decorate with beach vacation memories!

best beach crafts
And I'm loving this beach craft idea. Creating something with a souvenir tablecloth! Here a vintage state tablecloth of Florida (backed with sturdy canvas) is used to update a Sling Chair.

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Elizabeth said...

Oh Maya - so many gorgeous things! Love the table weights and your photo pillow is wonderful.

Beach House Living said...

That's a great beach chair the graphics are so fun. I'm trying a sail.

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Maya
Your photo pillow is glorious.. I must have missed that post.. love all the other crafts here too.. especially the shell bookend,. Have a great week xx Julie

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

Oh...that last one...I could use a few of them!

Nicole-Lynn said...

Such great inspiration. Love the flower vase rope idea. I might incorporate that into our wedding decor, as well as the beautiful paper lanterns. Thank you!

Juju at Tales of said...

I love the bookmarks and drawer pulls

Shellbelle said...

Love that Florida tablecloth, its even in my favorite color — pink!

I like how these table weights cross over the table, instead of just on the corners.

(I mentioned you on my post today, come see why.)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Lovin those "cool" seashell drawer pulls!


beth said...

Your photo pillow is beautiful, Maya. And I love the large seashell as a soap dish idea!
Hope you have a great day! Beth. :)

Tricia Rose said...

I love the bookend and the soap dish Maya, but I've cut myself on oyster shells - do they really work as drawer pulls?

Nikki said...

Doing the soap dish. You can't stop me ;) Love it!

sealaura said...

Hi Maya! these are some of my favorite posts from you. Especially on a Monday, it fills me with inspiration, especially because I can grab stuff from around my apt to recreate. I love the bookmark project, it's on the to do list.

Beach Combing... said...

Love the sling chair! I use my big pink vintage conch shells for bookends, along with big glass jars full of collected seashells and sea glass. Thanks for sharing some new ideas!

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

They have lots of fun craft ideas on bhg!

Have a beachy day -

Marie @ Sally Lee by the Sea

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Tricia, regarding oyster drawer pulls:

That's interesting..., well, not good of course. But I guess you could sand the edges and smooth them out a bit.

Mary Ann said...

anything that has to do with the sea just infuses the serenity and calmness of the sea. love your blog for having this inspiration. found your blog thru inspired design. you do have a fun blog and will be your new follower! verbena cottage

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love putting shells on the end of twine and tying them on beach bags or even a pincushion! Love the last photo and would love to do that! You show us the best of the best! Thank you! ♥

Sherri said...

I just love it all!! You have some wonderful ideas on this post and I may be using some of them!! I really love the shell soapdish!!

Fearless Nester said...

Love the soap dish idea with the shell pedestal and what a great idea to make up a photo pillow. Oh my head is swimming with the possibilites! Great ideas! ~Lili

GypsyNurse said...

Maya~ thanks so much for the inspiring photos.. I spent my weekend on a
driftwood and seaglass hunt!

Iniyaal said...

Love the bookmark and soap dish. Top be honest, I love every idea in this post. My weekend would be busy, for this post making me come up with so many ideas. Thanks for sharing.

MagicMarkingsArt said...

i always look forward to your inspiring posts - and hope to use a few of these easier ideas with my summer camp kids (their parents will love me :)

Tina said...

Maya, these are great ideas and I have been thinking of a redo of my chest of drawers. This is great inspiration for that.

pam@ iLoveShelling said...

shell tablecloth weights! love it! so many little time.

Erica @ Decorica said...

That chest looks amazing with the oyster shells used as pulls. What a cool look!

thelennoxx said...

Wow, so much creativity! Oddly, my favorite is the shell bookmark!