Upcycling Ideas for Beach Home Decor and Coastal Crafts

Upcycling Ideas for Beach Home Decor and Coastal Crafts

Beach home decor or coastal decor, whether it be for a lake or an ocean, is near and dear to my heart, despite the fact that I am currently landlocked. I just LOVE the color palettes associated with it; the soothing combination of blues, greens, neutrals, and white. Even though I don’t have much nautical decor in my home, I love it just the same, as well. And there are SO many upcycling ideas for beach theme decor, that I decided to gather a few of them to share with you.

styling shelves for coastal decor

I, myself, am no stranger to upcycling projects and thrifted decor ideas that have a coastal theme! Such as this “Thrift the Look” challenge for beach cottage decor.

beach cottage decor from the thrift store

One of my favorite craft products creates a the look of sea glass on glass from your recycling bin or the thrift store. I used it on these candle holders that have a coastal farmhouse look:

coastal farmhouse decor

And this large clam shell bowl that isn’t a shell at all!

clam shell bowl with baking soda paint

And coastal decor can go in a more nautical direction, as well. Such as these sailboats that I made from weaving shuttles!

sailboat decor from a weaving shuttle

I just can’t seem to stop giving things I find at a thrift store a beachy or coastal-inspired makeover, like this tray. Even though I don’t live ANYWHERE near the coast!

coffee table tray decor in coastal colors

So, whether you’re looking for nautical decor ideas, coastal wall art, beach home decor, or inspiration for coastal interiors, then this collection of upcycling ideas is DEFINITELY for you!

Upcycling Ideas for Beach Home Decor

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Do you feel inspired to add a little surf, sand, and waves to your home now? Or just anything that is related to seaside living?

No matter where you live or what time of year it is, these nautical decor ideas and coastal crafts for beach home decor are awfully appealing. I mean, look how adorable these coastal coasters are..!

coastal coasters

Doesn’t it make you want to go out, buy a beach cottage, and live happily ever after on the coast?

pirate sign as nautical wall decor

Or, if going to the beach isn’t really in the cards for you, why not bring the beach to you? That’s what I did with these beach mason jars!

beach in a jar

I hope you found loads of beachy and nautical inspiration for your coastal or summer decorating needs. I’m already dreaming up my next beach-inspired project, that’s for sure!

Such as these coastal candleholders that I made from clear glassware that came from Habitat ReStore!

coastal candleholders from habitat restore

Thanks for visiting this collection of coastal ideas! I hope you’ve found some inspiration for your next repurpose project that has a beachy or nautical feel.

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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.


  1. Mary-The Boondocks Blog says

    Sarah, thank you for including my wreath in your round up There are some really great and innovative ideas here.

  2. Love the round up some great ideas, especially the the oar banister. Thanks for including my scallop shell trinket dish.

  3. WOW! What an amazing collection of beachy goodness! Thanks so much, Sarah, for including my jeweled abalone shells.
    I’ll be pinning and sharing.

  4. helenfern says

    OK – which one is my favorite – uhmmm… All of them!!! Great ideas!! Now I REALLY want a beach cottage! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party – and don’t forget to leave a comment – if you comment and your post is featured next week, it will also get pinned and tweeted!

  5. So much wonderful coastal inspiration! Thanks Sarah for including my stencilled table in your wonderful roundup. Will be pinning away to all my coastal boards.

  6. Every one of these examples for using nautical and beach in one’s decor deserves a higher status than crafty, I think, They all have a sophisticated and classic feel and were so thought-out and well executed.

  7. oh wow, I love them all! Especially the surf board bench and the waterski! Your bottles are gorgeous!

  8. So many great ideas, some so simple!

  9. These are great coastal projects. I love the clocks, the door, well it’s all gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

  10. Love all these ideas, Sarah!!

  11. My favorite two are the clock, the bottles, and the painted fish. Our guest room is a beach theme. I made sure to get some pretty postcards before we left Hawaii and have them hanging up on the wall. you can see them here: http://skipthebag.blogspot.com/2016/06/diy-door-headboard.html Visiting from Dishing it and Digging it!

  12. That is an amazing roundup! The fish try turned artwork is a definitely a favorite!

  13. These are all so wonderful, I love them all. I have the abalone shell with the daisy on it from MST. When I saw her post on the shells I immediately messaged her to buy it! Aside from that, I think my favorite are the seaglass bottles.

  14. I love all of these! But that barn door! Swoon! PInning!

  15. The creativity here is amazing!

  16. Hi Sarah! Holy Moly — what a lot of cool ideas!! Love the blinged shells, surf board bench, and ski photo holder the best! Thanks for sharing! Catherine

  17. I;ve been thinking about doing a shelf with glass bottles in my bathroom. Michaels has them 70% off right now. Also doing a seashell shadow box.

  18. I love all of these. I especially like the glasses. They’re so pretty. I have some like that. I wonder if I shoudl DIY! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

  19. Great round up – lots of inspiration. I think my favourite is the twig boat – I love this 🙂

  20. What a great round-up! I love the beach pottery clock, but those rope “stair spindles” are to die for!!! Thank you for sharing on Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party. Hope you are having a great week!

  21. great roundup! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday! Visiting from http://www.twelveonmain.com. Have a great weekend!

  22. That all looks adorable!! I love the bottles in the basket. 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  23. So many great ideas this week!! I love them all – but that door – I really love that!! Thanks for sharing with us at Throwback Thursday!


  24. These are all great ideas, Sadie. I think my favorite is the salvaged barn door. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

  25. I’ve always been a beach person, so I love anything and everything that is nautical themed. I love the nautical curtain rod picture that you shared. I think something like that would look great in bathroom. One unexplored option for nautical fanatics, is electronics. Most people would never even consider buying a blue speaker because it reminds them of the ocean, but I’m all about that life. Thanks for the ideas! I’ve been wanting to redecorate my bathroom anyway.

  26. I have always loved being close to the water, whether it’s a lake or a beach, so all of this nautical decor makes me so happy! I’ve been wanting to introduce more nautical themes into my home, so I’ll definitely keep some of these projects in mind. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Thank you. I got some good ideas from that.

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