DIY Best of: 10 Beach Inspired Projects

Last week I took a little time off to see my family. I’m on the East Coast, along with my parents, but all of my siblings are on the West Coast. And since two of those siblings had babies this year, we decided it was easier for us East Coasters to fly West. I spent a few days in Santa Cruz relaxing by the beach. It was a great escape from the New York City heat. And now that I’m back, I’d love to find a way to bring a little beachy relaxation into my New York City life. I just want to park myself in front of the air conditioner, craft and watch Orange is the New Black (Grace got me hooked).   –Amy
Image above: Paper clay barnacles – perfect for storing small objects, table centerpieces or votive holders. See the full project instructions here.

Image above: Capiz shell chandelier made from wax paper. See the full instructions here.

Image above: A DIY mesh screen beach bag. See the full project instructions here.

See more beach inspired projects after the jump!

Image above: Bring a little of the sea to your table with simple DIY shell napkin rings. See the full project instructions here.

Image above: A clothing hanger made from a found piece of driftwood. see the full project instructions here.

Image above: Turn your beach finds into candles. See the full project instructions here.

Image above: Fish scale inspired pendant lamp. See the full project instructions here.

Image above: “Coral” table decor made from plastic straws. See the full project instructions here.

Image above: Towel roll-up to take to the beach! See the full instructions here.

Image above: Lobster bait bags turned into hanging planters. See the full project instructions here.

  1. Cristina says:

    I really like the driftwood hanger. I love the earthy/neutral with neon thing.

  2. Love all of these projects! Love Orange is the New Black too! I just started on the series and I’m hooked.

  3. Love the coral table decor. I made barnacles out of air dry clay. Was super easy.

  4. absolutely in LOVE with all these beachy ideas! Driftwood hangers?! Yes please!!!

  5. Amanda says:

    I just made a beach memory jar. I might have to do some of these ideas with my leftover shells!

  6. Barb Swartz says:

    Yes, I agree. The driftwood hangers is beautiful. Now, to find some pieces of straight driftwood!

  7. Karen says:

    I tried to find the instructions for the capiz shell chandelier on your site. Will you let me know where it’s located? LOVE your ideas!!!

  8. wendy says:

    Great beach ideas but you are missing this one too from

  9. Love the candles from shells. Such a simple but gorgeous idea. Just be careful when taking things from the beach though, it’s important not to ever pick coral from the ocean or take live shells. Don’t destroy the habitats of our marine life!


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