Craft Ideas for a Beachcomber

Craft Ideas for a Beachcomber

So, you’re a beachcomber and you’ve gone for a walk that resulted in handfuls of coastal treasures. Seashells, driftwood, sea glass, and more. Perhaps you want to craft with them or find ways to display them in your home. If that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place with plenty of inspiration for all of your treasures.

Displaying Beach Finds in Jars 

beach mason jars

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Creating memories from your beach vacation is as easy as this. Adding sand, shells, and other beach finds in mason jars is a great way to recreate the beach you visited! Labeling the jars with the beach name and location would add a special touch, and aqua tinted mason jars add even more coastal appeal.

Sea Glass and Shell Windchimes

how to make windchimes with shells and sea glass

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Smaller seashells and pretty pieces of sea glass are ideal for creating something whimsical for your porch, such as windchimes like this. The light catches the colors of the glass and you’ll be reminded of that beach vacation everything you walk through the door.

Decorating a Basket like a Beachcomber

decorating a basket with shells

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A storage basket in your home is a great element to decorate with seashells and beach treasures like this. You could paint it first or leave it natural, whichever looks best in your home. Adding handles or extra embellishments with rope gives it an even more coastal or nautical look.

Trinket Dishes from Shells

upcycling a shell into a ring dish

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Larger shells are perfect for painting or decoupage, and adding a cute figurine (like this penguin) turns them into a functional ring dish, like this fun craft idea. Not only is it easy to personalize, but these make a great DIY gift idea, as well.

Starburst Driftwood Wreath

Driftwood wreath as beach cottage decor and coastal style

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Find a bunch of pieces of driftwood on your beachcomber adventures? They can be bundled together as an interesting beachy element for your bookshelf or mantel. Or if you want to craft with them, a starburst wreath for your front door makes quite the statement.

Beachy Style Candleholders

beach style candleholders

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Plain glass candleholders, either from your cupboard or a thrift store, are easy to elevate into stunning pieces with a beach house vibe! Especially if you incorporate seashells or starfish that you found on your beach walk.

Beachcomber’s Succulent Planter

planting succulents in a piece of driftwood

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There is something so eye-catching about colorful succulents planted in a neutral piece of gnarled driftwood, isn’t there? Not only is this easy to make with larger pieces of driftwood, but it’s such a gorgeous piece of decor to display in your home.

Decorative Beaded Garland

beaded garland with an oyster shell

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Garlands made with wood beads have been popular in home decor for a while now. Incorporating your beach finds, such as oyster shells like this, into a handmade garland is a great way to give it a coastal, summery touch.

Christmas Ornaments

adding sand and shells to an ornament

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The beach might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think Christmas, but these DIY beach ornaments might just change that. Look how perfect they are for a coastal-themed tree? Such an easy and ideal craft project for your itty-bittiest shells, too.

For the Traveling Beachcomber

Sand collection display in a vintage spice rack

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If you love to visit different beaches and take home some sand from each one, then you definitely need a way to display your collection! A vintage spice rack with clear glass bottles is a delightful (and compact) way to show them off. It’s quite marvelous to see how sand varies from beach to beach, around the world.

Driftwood Collage

driftwood collage in the shape of the usa

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Finding driftwood in various sizes and shapes makes displaying it more difficult. But using those sizes and shapes to create a meaningful collage is a fantastic way to show it off with pride!

Message in a Bottle

diy message in a bottle

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That empty wine bottle in your recycling bin is exactly what you need for this romantic craft project. Making a “message in a bottle” display is a unique way to put the beach sand you took home to good use. These are great for budget-friendly beach wedding decor, too!

Displaying Shells in a Shadowbox Table

shadowbox table idea for a beachcomber

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For your best shells and beach treasures, a shadowbox table like this is an excellent way to display them. They stay protected from dust and curious paws, but are on full display for everyone to see.

Christmas Decor for a Beachcomber

coastal christmas decor

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File this idea for coastal Christmas decor for a later date! The starfish you find on the beach are a great way to add beachy elements to your Christmas displays. And all that chippy wood background gives it that wonderfully weathered look of a seaside home.

Beachcomber Crafts with DIY Candles

how to make candles in oyster shells

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Oyster shells aren’t known for being the prettiest shells available, but they’re easy to find and there are lots of ways to craft with them. And in this case, they are given a flashy makeover and transformed into beachy candles.

Simple, Classic Tray Decor

coffee table tray decor in coastal colors

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If crafting isn’t your thing, then simply displaying your beach treasures on a nice tray is a classic way to incorporate them in your home. Coastal decor is always in style, no matter where you live and no matter what the calendar says. And seeing the shells you collected on your vacation might just lift your mood, spirit, and your smile.

Beachcomber Crafts

how to display beach glass or sea glass

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Hope you’ve found some inspiration here to put to use after your next beach trip! Heck, even just displaying them is a favorite of mine. This is a water-fill jar of water I keep my beach glass collection in. I picked up the pieces in St. Joseph, Michigan when I was a little girl. Sometimes, it’s as simple as putting your treasures in a jar!

Craft on!


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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.

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