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20+ DIY Beach Crafts for Adults

Living on Lake Superior, so many of my DIY craft tutorials are inspired by sand and waves, so I hope you enjoy this round up of DIY beach crafts for adults! Whether you’re looking for a craft to keep you entertained on those lazy, internet-free evenings at the cottage – or you spent the day at the beach and want to bring home the vibe – I hope you’ll find the perfect beach related craft idea below.

DIY Beach Crafts for Adults

DIY Ice Dye Pillows + Throws

Inspired by the lake, I’ve made a LOT of DIY ice dyed crafts – see all of my DIY ice dye projects by clicking the link.  Once you ice dye fabrics (I love linen), you can find tutorials on Dans le Lakehouse for how to sew throw pillows, make easy DIY no sew throws, and make simple tea towels – easy and beachy DIY coastal home decor ideas.

DIY Ice Dye Pillows + Throws

DIY Driftwood Wreath

Collect small pieces of driftwood on your next beach day, and turn your treasures into this DIY driftwood wreath.

DIY Driftwood Wreath

DIY Collage Art

Get inspired by your next trip to the shore and collect pamphlets, magazines, etc., while you’re there to create easy DIY collage art while cozied up on the deck, listening to the waves lap.

DIY Collage Art

DIY Beach Glass

Couldn’t find any beach glass – or didn’t want to take pieces of sea glass home?  Make your own DIY sea glass by upcycling old, broken glass pieces.  Then you can make all of the beach glass crafts your heart desires!

DIY Beach Glass Crafts

DIY Note Cards with Quotes About Lakes

Bodies of water evoke such profound thoughts, so I captured some famous lake themed quotes in these handmade note cards – see them all (and the how-to) here.

DIY Lake Crafts for Adults

DIY Shibori Dyed Fabric

If ice dyeing isn’t your thing, try shibori pole dyeing to capture a similar effect, reminiscent of waves and glimmering water.  Turn the fabric into DIY coastal home decor, or a pretty wrap/bathing suit cover for the beach!

Shibori Dyed Fabric

DIY Driftwood Wall Hanging

You can collect small pieces of driftwood for this – or just cut long pieces into smaller sections.  Either way, the end result is this striking driftwood wall hanging – bonus points for turning driftwood into hooks (tutorial for that is also included in the post)!

DIY Driftwood Wall Hanging

DIY Alcohol Ink Art

Spend a relaxing afternoon on the deck, using straws to move ink around a glossy sheet of Yupo paper.  Alcohol ink art is one of the most relaxing craft/art projects I’ve tried to date!

DIY Alcohol Ink Art

DIY Driftwood Egg Cups

Slice an interesting driftwood branch into thick pieces, drill a large hole for eggs, and then sand and finish to make these sculptural, one-of-a-kind driftwood egg cups.  Obviously I love driftwood crafts, and this might be one of my favorites – they also can double as DIY driftwood napkin rings!

Driftwood Craft Ideas

DIY Marbled Coasters

Protect wood surfaces and harness that feeling of waves crashing with these beautiful – and easy – marbled coasters.

DIY Alcohol Ink Coasters

DIY Driftwood No Weave Wall Hanging

Turn a stunning piece of driftwood into a beautiful wall hanging by adorning it with yarn wrapped rings, for an easy no-weave wall hanging.  Wrapping the rings in yarn is simple, but takes some time, so it’s the perfect craft for an afternoon on a porch swing.

DIY Driftwood Wall Hanging Idea

DIY Sailor’s Knot Bracelet

Get ready for your next beach vacay by making some pretty DIY nautical bracelets!  These will turn any outfit into a fun, beachy look.

DIY Knotted Cord Bracelet

DIY Marbled Flooring Planks

For a bigger project, try dyeing plywood to create these watery planks.  I used them as flooring, but once they’re dyed you can use these plywood sheets to make furniture (like these easy nightstands), frame a mirror, create smaller wood crafts with – the ideas are endless and this blue stained wood looks so good with coastal home decor!

Marbled Wood Stain Effect

DIY Sculptural Fish Art

A fun project to make with kids or adults, turn clay fish into a sculptural, DIY coastal art piece.

DIY Coastal Art Idea

DIY Lake Inspired Cricut T-Shirts

If you have a Cricut, you can make your own lake inspired t-shirts!  See more of our lake themed t-shirt DIYs here and get inspired to make something to commemorate your next trip to the beach.

Lake Craft Idea with Cricut

DIY Modern Coastal Art

I painted a giant triptych inspired by the lake, but you can easily travel with a smaller canvas and set of acrylic paints to make a smaller piece inspired by the water.

DIY Coastal Art

DIY Arm Knit Blanket

If nights at the lake get chilly, quickly arm knit this chunky blanket to wrap yourself up in!  You can see from the first photo in this post, I keep it in my bunkie so guests can stay warm if the nights get cool.

Arm Knit Blanket Tutorial

DIY Macrame and Driftwood Wall Hanging

Here’s another idea for turning driftwood into DIY coastal home decor: grab a perfectly organic piece of driftwood and try a simple macrame knotting technique to make the wave design.  Optional: dip dye the bottom a watery blue.  The end result is a super simple DIY driftwood and macrame wall hanging.

DIY Driftwood Macrame Wall Hanging

DIY Fabric Mushrooms

These DIY scrap fabric mushrooms are hand sewn, which is perfect for lazy days on the deck!  They’re easy to make – and don’t need a lot of supplies (you can fit in a ziploc bag to take to the cottage) – but take some time so it’s perfect as a cottage craft.  If you’re nestled in the woods, you’ll find tons of inspiration.

DIY Scrap Fabric Mushroom

Lake Inspired Melt & Pour Soap

Inspired by the waves – and soap making scraps – I made these soap bars.  The challenge will be finding the perfect fragrance to remind you of the beach!

DIY Lake Inspired Soap Idea

I hope you enjoyed this round up of DIY coastal crafts for adults and feel excited about trying some of these beach themed craft ideas.  Inspired by where I live, I have a love for driftwood crafts and beach glass crafts – and of course, all things aqua blue!  If you don’t get the chance to dip your toes in the water this summer, these beach crafts for adults will help you bring home the vibe.  Even just one ice dyed throw or swirling alcohol ink craft can lend a space such summery, coastal cottage vibes.

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20+ Beach Inspired Craft Tutorials



  1. declan
    May 31, 2024 / 1:53 am

    Your blog always inspires me with its beautiful aesthetics and thoughtful content. I love how you effortlessly blend style and functionality in your home decor ideas. Keep up the amazing work!

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