Summer is just around the corner. Hopefully, that means spending plenty of time on the beach at the Alden with your family, soaking up the surf and sun! However, those fun in the sun vibes shouldn’t be limited to just three months a year. If your favorite thing to do is relax in the sand, you’ll love the look of a beach-themed home. Beach crafts are great for displaying around the house and a fun way for the entire family to get creative during your summer vacation! Here are seven different beachy craft ideas that you and your kids can make together.
Note: Live creatures should never be removed from their natural habitat. Only collect shells that are empty and starfish that have expired. Additionally, any sharp or hot tools should be used solely by adults or at least with adult supervision.
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Sand Handprint: This one takes a bit of extra preparation but it’s a great way to capture precious memories. You can get plaster of Paris at any craft store such as Michaels or Jo-Ann. To make things easier, pre-measure four cups of plaster into each of six or seven gallon-sized Ziploc bags and then mix in two cups of water into each bag. When you want to start casting, find a spot of clean and somewhat damp sand, press your hand deeply into the sand and then lift it straight back up. Fill up the print with beach treasures like rocks and broken shells. Then add an estimated two cups of seawater to your plaster, close up the bag and knead it with your hands to mix. Open it back up and pour the plaster to fill your mold. Wait 30 minutes or so while it hardens before digging it out of the sand and then give it a quick rinse in the ocean. Play around with different shapes such as footprints or hearts!
Framed Sand Writing: They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. Collect some shells, beach glass or driftwood and use a broken shell with a sharp edge to write your name or a message in the sand. Decorate your scene with your collection and take a lot of pictures from different angles and different distances. When you get home, choose your favorite and use free websites like Picnik or Sumo Paint to make color corrections, crop, etc. Then print your picture out and put it in a cute frame. Finally, use hot glue or E6000 to add shells and sea glass to the outside of the frame. Display the picture anywhere you like!
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Gone Swimming Beach Plaque: This pretty plaque is a very creative way to show off your found beach treasures. Using a flat paintbrush, paint an oval paper mache hanging plaque with antique white acrylic paint. Repeat with a second coat and let it dry. Hot glue a large starfish to the left side of the plaque and glue your assorted seashells and any remaining starfish around the right side and bottom of the plaque. Pull off the excess strings of hot glue after a minute or two. In the center of the plaque, use a black craft pen to write “gone swimming”. Next, mix together a nickel size amount of white craft glue and a little water—just enough to thin the glue and make it paintable. Using the flat brush, paint the glue mixture wherever you want sand to stick. This should be done in about three or four sections so that the glue doesn’t dry before you add the sand. Start at the top of the plaque and work your way to the left, painting the glue mixture around the large starfish. Then, pour some sand over the glue and let it sit for a moment before tapping off the excess. Repeat this around the shells and other starfish, wiping off any glue that may get on the tops of the starfish or shells before adding the sand. When that’s finished, dip a scruffy paintbrush into tan paint and dab off excess paint onto a paper towel so that the brush is almost dry. Add tan touches around the words and along the edges of the sand. Finally, spray the entire surface with acrylic sealer and allow it to dry completely. Hang it on any wall for a lovely addition to your home!
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Shell Wind Chimes
These simple wind chimes are easy to make and look very pretty hanging. Using fishing line or jewelry wire, string up three to five lighter weight shells with holes in them along a 12-inch length, tying them on to secure. Repeat five times. Then, tie one end of each string to the leg of a starfish, allowing them to dangle down. If you want, you can create two strings for each leg for more shell action. Finally, wrap a ribbon around the center of the starfish and create a loop to hang it from. Hang it in a place with a light breeze and enjoy the delightful sounds it makes!
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Beach in a Glass Coastal Ornament: If you find yourself longing for warmer days during the winter months, this beautiful holiday decoration will be a welcome addition to your home. Mix a bit of sand with snow white fine glitter and funnel it into a clear glass or plastic ornament. When that’s done, drop in some shells and sea glass. Next, braid about three feet of twine and hot glue it around the top of the ornament in a spiral pattern, cutting off the knot when you’re done. Use craft glue to glue down the rest of the twine until you get the look you like. Make sure to add glue to the top the ornament before replacing the topper. If you don’t, the topper may pop off due to the weight of the ornament. Then, take three pieces of twine and tie them onto the topper. Glue your leftover seashells to the end of the twine. Finally, wrap the silver topper cap with twine.
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Seashell Door Hanger: This beautiful door hanger is a great way to display your favorite shells. Begin by hanging 13 or another odd number of seashells on hemp twine. If your shells are more flat, a small drill bit can be used to create a hole in each one. If they’re more cone-shaped, tie a knot at the end of a piece of twine and place the knot near the inside center of the shell. Then use a pointy object like needle-nose pliers or a chopstick and push the knot into the shell. Gently tug the twine upward while holding the shell so the knot gets caught at the top of the shell. If any of the shells are loose, secure with a dot of hot glue. Once that’s done, tie a thick piece of rope to each side of a piece of driftwood for hanging. Next, layout your seashells in a “v” shape pattern. Start with the biggest shell first and hang it in the center of the driftwood. Working your way out, add the remaining shells going large to small. Each shell should come up about half an inch on both sides of the center. After all the shells are hung evenly, triple tie the twine at the top, making sure the loose ends face towards the back. Then flip the hanger around and trim the excess twine to about one inch. Hot glue the ends onto the driftwood. Finally, add faux succulents by tucking the stems into the rope knots or hot gluing them right onto the driftwood for a cute “sprouting” effect!
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Driftwood Art: This beach craft is easy to make and will look great as your new piece of home decor. Start by painting a wooden shadowbox. The outer edge should be white while the very back should be grey. Allow it to dry completely before continuing. Use driftwood pieces that are slightly longer than the frame allows and use a saw to cut them down to size. Try different combinations until something fits wells and works for your piece. Remember, no two pieces of driftwood are the same, but that’s the beauty of it. First, add the driftwood to the back of the box and then a starfish on top. Use hot glue to secure everything into place. Your driftwood art is now ready to be added to any room in your home!
Any of these crafts can be modified to fit your own personal style so have fun exploring different options and combing the beach for the perfect supplies! We’d love to see what you’re making while you stay at home, please show us in the comments!