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8 DIY Beach Decor Ideas Bring Seaside Style To Any Room — On A Dime!

Easy ways to bring the beauty of the beach to your home

You don’t need a beach house to enjoy seaside serenity this summer! Bring the blissful beauty of an oceanside paradise to your space with decorative accents made using a few craft store staples, around-the-house finds and beachy treasures. “Cool colors, sandy textures, serene vibes…coastal-inspired decor brings the beach to mind and offers you and your guests feelings of relaxation and calm,” says DIY pro Katie Striegel (@chiconashoestringdecorating on Instagram). “And bringing the shore to any space or tabletop is easy with simple DIY beachy accents!” From seashell-filled jars to palm-kissed place settings, our easy DIY beach decor ideas are sure to refresh your space and give you a taste of paradise from the comfort of your home. Read on for the easy how-to’s.

DIY beach decor ideas that are so easy to achieve

1. A nautical serving tray perks up a coffee table

DIY beach decor: Striped wooden serving tray made from an old picture frame, rope and paint with two mugs of coffee sitting on top
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“With just a little craft paint, rope and a couple of maritime adornments, you can revive an old photo frame by turning it into a nautical serving tray,” notes Striegel.

To do: Start with a medium-size photo frame with a thick wood border. Slip in a piece of sand-hued scrapbook paper where a photo would go. Next, paint the wood frame white; let dry. Then use painter’s tape to section off 4 horizontal stripes and paint areas between tape navy blue; let dry, then remove tape. Hot-glue brained rope “handles” to the frame as shown. To finish, hot-glue a few craft-store starfish to the frame. Use tray to serve drinks and snacks or hold remotes on a coffee table.

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2. DIY beach decor idea: Bottles and vases showcase ocean treasures

DIY beach decor: Decorative bottles, starfish, shells and shell-filled jar on white textured background
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“These pretty jars offer beachy flair to any surface, but they also bring back sweet memories of fun times at the beach or on vacation,” says Striegel. She recommends collecting a handful of shells during summer day trips or vacations and using those sand treasures for your homemade accents throughout the year.

To do: Fill a glass jar or two with a thin layer of sand (from the beach or craft store). Then top with a handful or two of mini seashells and replace the lid. Display sand- and shell-filled jars alongside empty or sand-filled bottles and vases on a tabletop. Lean a starfish onto wall behind table to finish.

3. Dried blooms and grasses offer breezy, beachy flair

DIY beach decor: Wrapped bouquet of dried filler flowers, sea shells and starfish on a blue rustic tabletop
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A bouquet of dried white filler flowers (which resemble dune grass, thanks to their color and texture) looks lovely displayed alongside beachy finds.

To do: Gather baby’s breath and Queen Anne’s lace stems in your hand and secure bunch with a rubber band. Next, hang the bunch upside down by attaching the rubber band to a cabinet knob or drawer pull; let blooms air-dry fully. Wrap the bouquet with kraft paper and tie with white ribbon, then display on a tabletop alongside beachy extras like seashells and starfish.

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4. DIY beach decor idea: Palm-kissed plates lend resort-worthy style

DIY beach decor: Contemporary nautical tablescape with a dinner plate topped with a palm leaf, seashell ornament and cutlery bundle alongside a blue and white stripy runner and gold-trimmed glassware

Topping simple dinner plates with palm leaves and seashell accents creates a relaxing, resort-worthy feel that will impress dinner guests!

To do: For each place setting, top stacked oval plates with palm-like greenery, a seashell ornament and a cutlery bundle cinched with a silver napkin ring. The fabulous finishing flair: Lay an ombré blue runner down the table’s center and top with seashell-shaped salt and pepper shakers and beachy pebbles or small river rocks, then add classic glassware to table.

5. Shell candle cups cast a sunset-inspired glow

DIY beach decor: Female holding a scallop shell topped with a tea light candle above a wicker tray on a tabletop
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Scalloped seashells or clam shells make surprisingly stunning “candle cups” that lend a lovely oceanic ambience to any dinner table or side table.

To do: Start with a few medium or large shells (gather them from the beach or pick a few up from the craft store). Lay the shells upside-down on a tabletop, then add a small tea light-filled candle cup or battery-run tea light candle to center of shell. Tip: For a bigger impact, cluster a few shell-topped candles and extra loose shells on the table.

6. DIY beach decor idea: Fish-shaped plate IDs pretty up place settings

DIY beach decor: Beachy place setting consisting of a dinner plate topped with a fish-shaped salad plate, striped cloth napkin, cutlery and a name-adorned fish ornament on a dinner table
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Make guests feel special and help them find their seats with ease at a dinner party by creating too-cute fish IDs!

To create each, simply jot a guest’s name onto an unfinished wood fish ornament from the craft store using a gold permanent marker; let dry. Next, wrap a length of twine around the fish’s tale (for a decorative touch) and another length through the hole; knot ends together. Set each fish atop stacked dinner plates at each place setting.

Tip: For an extra-special touch, place maritime pulleys attached to nautical rope down the center of the table; loop fish ornaments onto pulleys.

7. A coastal vignette brightens a bare corner

DIY beach decor: Still life with wooden cake stand topped with coral and a large shell alongside a candlestick, coral and a rope
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Create a beautiful seaside-inspired scene on a buffet or entryway table using a cake plate, a candlestick and beachy craft-store accents.

To do: Set a wooden pedestal in front of a wooden candlestick on a tabletop; place faux coral and a large shell atop the pedestal. Add coiled rope and more coral to the table to finish.

8. DIY beach decor idea: Sailboat apples serve as festive take-home favors

DIY beach decor: Blue polka dot paper sail picks staked into green apples adorned with dinner guests' names and displayed on a white platter
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Sweet sail-topped apples make perfect take-home treats for dinner guests.

To make each, punch a hole at the top and bottom of a triangle of blue polka-dotted scrapbook paper; slip a wood skewer through holes. Add a washi tape flag to the sail; stake the skewer into an apple. Use a white food coloring marker to jot a name on the apple. Set finished apples on a platter and display on a buffet table or kitchen countertop.

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