Looking for creative and easy beach crafts to do with the kids this summer? Look no further! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite beach-themed crafts that are perfect for kids of all ages.
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Summer is the perfect time to get creative by the water! Whether you’re at the beach, lake, or pool, these easy beach crafts are perfect for making memories with your friends and family.
Playing at the beach — or at least a sandbox — is a rite of passage for many during the summer. Why not get crafty this summer while playing that beach sand though?
It will help with the inevitable “I’m bored” complaints you will eventually get from the kids. Get creative while playing in the sand try some different crafts the next time you’re at the beach.
Easy Beach Crafts for Kids
From colorful pool noodles and umbrellas to DIY beach games, these fun ideas will keep you entertained all summer long.
So grab your sunscreen and get ready to have a blast in the sun with these easy beach crafts!
If your child also enjoys the sand, check out these crafts you can do right on the beach this summer.
If you’re looking for a more challenging project, try making a sand sculpture. This is a great activity for older kids.
Why not take the sand castle to a different level? Sculpt something in the sand. It’s simple and doesn’t require much more than a sand bucket, a shovel, some water, and your imagination.
Start by packing sand into a mold or bucket. Then, use your hands or molding tools to shape the sand into whatever design you like. Once you’re happy with your sculpture, spray it with water to help it hold its shape.
Go ahead and build that castle of your dreams!
Make your own Diggers
Did you forget the sand shovel? Do you have a soda bottle or milk jug? Wash it out and cut off the bottom. Cut off a part of the side to make a shovel. Dry it out and start digging.
If you make it prior to going to the beach you can decorate with some paint. Make sure it’s fully dry before use and enjoy building with it.
Build a Raft
Gather some sticks and tie together with some string. Or at the beach, try to find some seaweed to tie the sticks together.
Look around for things you can add to your raft to make a sail. Even something as simple as a stick and a leaf will do. Put it in the water and see how far it floats.
Beach Scavenger Hunt
Before going to the beach, make up a little scavenger hunt of things you think the kids might find there. Include such things as seashells, seaweed, flat stones, hermit crabs, etc.
Give them pictures of what they are looking for and send them off to see what they can find. Save those rocks and seashells for a craft you can do later at home.
Message in the Sand
Spell out a message in the sand out of seashells or rocks, or even some sticks you might find on the beach. It can be as simple as one word or a full line of text.
Sandy Hand Print
Make a keepsake of your trip to the beach with some plaster of Paris, a resealable plastic bag, and some sand (of course).
Plan ahead and bring about 1 ½ cups of plaster of Paris in a resealable bag to the beach. Once ready to make your sandy print, find a clean, slightly wet spot of sand and press your child’s hand or foot into it.
Make a deep impression, so press hard. Pull hand straight up. Pour the plaster of Paris into the mold you just created. Wait for it to harden and then remove it. And bring it home where you can write your child’s name/age on the back or the date of your trip.
With the plaster of Paris you can also create a bowl in the sand. Add some treasures you have found into this small hole. Press it in good and then pour the plaster of Paris over it.
Have a paper clip? Go ahead and stick it into the plaster of Paris to make a hanger when it’s dry. Let it sit undisturbed for about an hour and carefully remove from the sand.
More Beach-themed Crafts
Seashell Wind Chimes
One of the best parts of summer is spending time at the beach. Whether you’re swimming, sunbathing, or just strolling along the shore, there’s something about being by the sea that is simply relaxes and rejuvenates the soul.
If you’re looking for a fun and easy beach craft to make this summer, why not try your hand at making seashell wind chimes?
You’ll need a few supplies for this project, including:
- Seashells in a variety of sizes and colors
- thin wire or fishing line
- jewelry pliers (optional)
Start by sorting through your seashells and selecting those that you’d like to use. If you’re using wire to string your wind chime, you’ll want to use thinner, more delicate shells.
If you’re using fishing line, you can be a bit more liberal with the sizes and types of shells you use.
Next, cut pieces of wire or fishing line to the desired length. If you’re using wire, you may want to use jewelry pliers to create a small loop at one end. This will make it easier to string your shells.
Once your wire or fishing line is cut to size, start stringing your shells. You can create any type of pattern or design that you like. Once all of your shells are strung, tie the ends of the wire or fishing line together to secure them in place.
Finally, find a spot to hang your newly made seashell wind chime and enjoy the soothing sound of the sea!
Beachcomber Bottle Lamp
To make a beachcomber bottle lamp, you will need:
- 1 large clear glass bottle
- 1 small clear glass bottle
- length of natural twine
- small sea shell
- tea light candle
- Start by filling the large glass bottle with sand.
- Then, take the small glass bottle and place it upside down in the sand inside the large bottle.
- Use the cork to secure the small bottle in place.
- Tie a length of natural twine around the neck of the large bottle.
- Hang the seashell from the twine.
- Finally, place a tea light candle inside the small bottle.
And that’s it! Your very own beachcomber bottle lamp to enjoy this summer.
Starfish Candle Holder
If you’re looking for an easy beach craft to make this summer, look no further than this Starfish Candle Holder! This project is perfect for those days spent at the beach, when you want to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
All you need is a few supplies from the craft store, and you’ll be ready to create this beautiful decoration.
To get started, you’ll need a glass candle holder, some Mod Podge, and some starfish. You can find all of these supplies at your local craft store.
First, use the Mod Podge to glue the starfish to the outside of the glass candle holder. Be sure to place them evenly around the holder, so that it looks balanced when finished. Once the starfish are in place, allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.
Now it’s time to add the candle! You can use any type of candle that you like, but we recommend a scented candle to really enjoy that summery beach smell.
Place the candle inside the holder, and light it when you’re ready to enjoy the pretty glow of the candlelight.
This Starfish Candle Holder is a simple and easy beach craft that you’ll be able to make in no time.
It’s the perfect decoration for your summer home, and it makes a great gift for friends and family. So gather up your supplies and get started on this fun project today!
Driftwood Photo Frames
If you’re looking for some fun and easy beach crafts to make this summer, then look no further than driftwood photo frames! All you need is some driftwood, a hot glue gun, and some photos to display.
To get started, simply gather up some driftwood pieces of varying sizes. You can find driftwood on the beach, or sometimes even in the woods.
Once you have your driftwood, use a hot glue gun to attach the pieces together in a frame shape. Then, print out some photos that you would like to display in the frame, and use the hot glue gun to attach them to the driftwood as well.
That’s it! You now have a unique and beautiful driftwood photo frame that you can display in your home or give as a gift. This craft is simple, but it’s sure to impress anyone who sees it.
We’ve all been to the beach and come home with a bounty of seashells. But what do you do with them besides let them sit in a mason jar on your dresser? This summer, try your hand at one of these creative seashell beach crafts.
This is a relatively easy project that makes a big impact. All you need is a large, flat seashell, some glue, and a small framed mirror. Simply glue the seashell to the center of the mirror, and you’re done! This is a great way to add a beachy vibe to any room.
If you’re looking for a way to spruce up your home for summer, or if you’re just looking for a fun summer craft project, consider making a sand-dollar wreath.
This project is simple, relatively inexpensive, and the end result is a beautiful and unique piece of home décor.
To make a sand-dollar wreath, you will need the following supplies:
- wreath form
- hot glue gun
- bag of sand dollars
- Ribbon or twine
First, begin by hot gluing the sand dollars to the wreath form. You can glue them in a random pattern, or you can try to create a more structured design.
Once all of the sand dollars are glued on, tie a ribbon or piece of twine around the top of the wreath form to create a hanger.
That’s it! Your sand-dollar wreath is now complete. Hang it on your front door to welcome guests, or display it inside your home as a summery piece of wall décor.
Nautical Rope Knotted Coasters
Nautical coasters are an easy and fun summer beach craft that you can make at home with just a few supplies. You’ll need some rope, scissors, and hot glue, and you can get creative with the design.
To make the coasters, start by cutting the rope into pieces that are about 4 inches long. Then, tie a knot in the middle of each piece of rope. You can make the knots as tight or as loose as you like.
Next, take the two ends of the rope and glue them together with hot glue. Make sure the glue is completely dry before you use the coaster.
These coasters are great for protecting your furniture from water stains and damage. They also add a bit of nautical flair to your home décor.
Are you ready for a fun trip to the beach?
Don’t forget the sunscreen and enjoy your fun in the sun as you create a whole new world of ideas with the sand.