coastal diy

Here is a round up of the best cheap and easy coastal DIY home decor projects on the internet so that you can bring some of the beach to your home.

I live in Florida so I am able to find many of the supplies for these DIY projects like shells, sand and wood for free. However, if you don’t live near the beach, then you can still find these items at Dollar Tree and craft stores.

Materials You Can Get at Dollar Tree:

  • bag of shells
  • twine
  • burlap
  • sand
  • candles
  • glass vases
  • glass candleholders

Supplies You May Need:

  • glue gun and glue sticks
  • mod podge
  • paint or foam brushes
  • adhesive  (super glue, e6000, etc)
  • sandpaper
  • craft knife
  • scissors
  • tape

For the projects that require pallets, you can get them for free on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. You will need some basic woodworking skills and tools like saw, sandpaper, drill, nails and hammer for those DIY projects.

For projects that use driftwood, here is a great article about how to preserve and sanitize it.

Lighting Coastal DIY Home Decor Ideas

Seashell Lights
string lights + scallop shells + epoxy glue

Coastal Jar Candle
empty jar + candle + sand

Round Beach Candle Centerpiece
round glass candleholder + sand + white votive candle + shells
You can get everything at the Dollar Tree

Pottery Barn Inspired Rope Wrapped Candleholders
glass cylinder candleholders + rope + shells + pillar candle

Handmade Shell Candles
pre waxed wicks + wax pallets + small shells

Knotted Hanging Lanterns
jar + twine +  lanyard knot diagram + rubber bands + candle + river rocks

Driftwood Candleholder
driftwood + drill with large drill bit + tea light or votive candles

Driftwood Candles
driftwood + rope + drill with large drill bit + tea light candles

Shell Candle
twine + shell + small screw eye hook (or you could glue the shell to the twine)

Shell Twinkle Lights Jar (Source Unknown)
empty jar + shells + battery operated fairy lights

Driftwood Candleholder
white pillar candle + driftwood + string or twine

Hurricane Shell Candle
sand + shells + tall pillar candle + hurricane glass candleholder

Starfish Scones
reclaimed or scrap wood + wood stain + twine or thin rope + large starfish + wood glue
Here is a similar tutorial for how to make the wall sconces

Pottery Barn Knockoff Rope Knot Lamp
lamp repair kit + foam ball +  rope + copper plumbing pipe + glue gun

Rustic Rope Lamp
rope + hot glue gun + thrift store lamp

Rustic Twig Lamp
driftwood + twine + thrift store lamp + glue gun

DIY Sisal Shade
thrift store lampshade + sisal rope + glue gun

Wall Art & Mirror Coastal DIY Home Decor Ideas

DIY Starburst Driftwood Mirror
driftwood + mirror + plywood + hanging kit + adhesive

Driftwood Seahorse (Source Unknown)
assorted driftwood + adhesive + board backing + hanging kit

Driftwood Orb
short lengths of driftwood +  inflatable beach ball  + glue gun

Driftwood Anchor 
driftwood + plywood + glue + bandsaw

DIY Starburst Mirror
mirror + wood circle + shims + spray paint

Coastal Pallet Mirror
white chalk paint + gorilla glue + mirror + french cleat picture hanger + pallet

Beach Pallet Wall Art (Source Unknown)
pallet + stencils + white acrylic paint + shades of blue and tan paint

Shell Art Canvas
shells + wood canvas + E6000 glue + acrylic paint

 Sea Foam Pictures (Source Unknown)
sandpaper + chalk paint + pallet wood + 1 small pine plank + black spray paint + clear acrylic + screws  + printable shell picture

Shell Wall Art
old frame +spray paint + twine + large shells

Beach Shadow Box (Source Unknown)
old window frame + sand + shells and other accents + lights
You can find lots of window frames at Habitat for Humanity for really cheap.

Rustic Oar Picture Hanger
oar + hooks + twine + two long screws

Relax Sign (Source Unknown)
wood board + cotton rope + burlap ribbon + shells + black and white acrylic paint + stencils

Coastal Wall Art
old frames (thrift store) + white spray paint + shells + burlap fabric + glue gun

Framed Shell Art
frames with mats +  shells + card stock

Simple Starfish Wall Decor
starfish + push pin + glue gun

Home Accent Coastal DIY Home Decor Ideas

Ombre Spray Painted Bottles
empty bottles + 3 colors of spray paint

Starfish Bottles
drill with small drill bit + twine + starfish + empty bottles + stained glass spray paint (optional)

Decorative Fisherman Netting Wrapped Jars
jars + fisherman netting + E6000 glue + twine

Sea Glass Bottles 
glass bottles + sea glass spray paint
You can get the glass bottles at Dollar Tree

Starfish Garland (great idea for a mantel)
starfish + twine + adhesive

Coral Spray DIY Coastal Decor
branches + spray paint

DIY Coral Using Wire
wire + pliers + acrylic paint + wood block

Clay Pot Lighthouse
clay pots + clay saucers + acrylic paint  + super glue + glass votive holder + LED tea light

Coastal Pallet Clock
pallet + black, white and light blue acrylic paint + number stencils + clock mechanisms

Jewelry Tower
cups + saucers + taper candle holders + spray paint + glue
These dishes were found at Thrift Stores, but you can also find similar ones at Dollar Tree too.

DIY Coastal Rope Coasters
rope + foam + glue gun

Nautical Rope Coaster
I couldn’t find the original project, but I found a similar one here

Nautical Rope Mirror
mirror charger + foam board + rope + dock cleats

Coastal Rope Mirror
framed mirror (Walmart $5) + sisal rope + starfish + shell decorative filler

Rope Placement (or coaster)
jute rope + hot glue gun

Coastal Vase
sand + shells + tall vase + sea grass

Nautical-Inspired Rope Vase
cylindrical vase + rope + hot glue gun

Rustic Mason Jar Flowers
mason jars + twine + flowers
You can get the first two items at Dollar Tree

DIY Seashell Planter
terra cotta pots  + scallop shells + glue gun + succulents + potting soil
You can get everything but the succulents at Dollar Tree

Scallop Shell Terra Cotta Pot
terra cotta pot + latex paint + fake stone spray paint + scallops


DIY Rustic Sailboat
twig + glue gun + fabric + eyelet screws + branch

Natural Nautical Decor

Nautical Rustic Rope Balls
Here are the instructions for how to tie a monkey fist knot

Coastal Lantern
wood lantern + sand + shells + candle + coral + rope for handle
Here is an easy tutorial for how to build the lantern yourself

 Pallet Tray with Rope Handles (Source Unknown)
pallet + rope + washers + screws

Shell Clock
clock mechanisms + turritella shell + reclaimed wood

Pallet Beach Garland
pallet + dark wood stain + rope + shells + twine

Thrift Store Tray Makeover
twine + white paint + thrift store tray

Mercury Glass Pedestal
glass candlestick + glass bowl + Krylon Looking Glass Mirror Spray

Furniture Coastal DIY Home Decor Ideas

Wood Pallet Shelf
pallet + extra boards + white paint
Check out this other tutorial for how to get a weathered look

Beach Wall Shelf
pallet + white paint

Pallet Coat Rack
pallet + saw + nails + chalk paint + decorative hooks

Nautical Side Table
electrical wire spool + paint + wood stain + casters + scrap wood + liquid nails

Thrift Store Table Makeover
thrift store table + polyurethane + E6000 glue + shells + primer, paint and stain

Shell Key Holder (Source Unknown)
picture frame + white spray paint + burlap fabric + hooks + twine
You can get the spray paint at Walmart for $1 and the twine and picture frame at Dollar Tree

Driftwood Coat Rack
driftwood + hook screws + two long screws

Oar Coat Rack 
oar + white paint + sandpaper + metal hooks

Driftwood Pallet Towel Rack
pallet + wood stain + white paint + decorative hooks

Pallet Sofa
pallet + wood sealer + paint + plank of wood + square beam + angle icons + jointing plates + hinges

Nautical TV Tray
navy spray paint + drill + chunky lamp finials + cotton rope

Rope Ottoman
old tire + wood circle + rope + sealant

Nautical Nightstand (source unknown)
rope + thrift store nightstand + white paint

Ombre Dresser Makeover

Beach Stools
stools + paint + painter’s tape + sandpaper + clear wax
Here is an easy DIY stool that you can make

Hanging Outdoor Bar
extra lumber + sure-ties + piano hinges + slide bolts + 3 feet  chain + bolts with nuts + washers

DIY Hanging Storage 
wood shelves + wood dowels + drill + hook +  brackets + wood stain + polyurethane

Pallet Wood Towel Holder
pallet wood + dark wood stain + dock cleats + screws + brackets
Here is a similar DIY floating shelf project

Weathered Coastal Look 
pre-stain conditioner + wood stain

$40 Shiplap Walls DIY
plywood + nails + tile spacers
You can also distress them or use reclaimed wood

DIY Driftwood Handboard
driftwood + support beam

Other Coastal DIY Home Decor Ideas

Braided Doormat
nylon rope + need + thread. + Kraft paper

Rope Rug
polypropylene rope + white duct tape + nonslip rug pad

Sisal Rope Rug
rope + liner (for underneath) + hot glue gun

DIY Nautical Rope Railing for Stairs
rope + twine + hooks

Dollar Store Rope Trash Can
rope + mesh trash can (Dollar Tree) + glue gun

Rope Bathroom Organizer
bathroom tumbler + rope + glue gun

Toilet Paper Holder
seagrass basket + wood dowel + craft knife

Rope Toilet Paper Holder
rope + dock cleat + toilet paper holder

Rope Towel Holder
galvanized clips +  clear nail polish + screws + wall anchors

Coastal Burlap Curtains 
Stitch Witchery + pins + scissors + burlap fabric

Rope Curtain Rings

Rope Curtains
rope +  2 dock cleats

Driftwood Jewelry Holder
flat board + knobs

Wreath Coastal DIY Home Decor Ideas

Clamshell Wreath
glue + 12-inch metal wreath + shells  wind wire + nails + straw
The shells from Dollar Tree are perfect for this project. You probably need about 3 bags

Beach Cottage Seashell Wreath
driftwood + wreath form + chalk white paint + shells + ribbon for hanging

Starfish Twig Wreath 
wire wreath + twigs + assorted starfish + rope for hanging

Burlap Coastal Wreath
burlap ribbon + grapevine wreath + spanish moss + rope + starfish

Beach Rope Wreath
letter stencils + white craft paint + rope + foam wreath + fabric scraps

Starfish Summer Wreath
sisal rope + styrofoam wreath form + 5 starfish + cotton twine

Nautical Wreath
craft ring + rope + jute twine + decorative ribbon + nautical decor pieces

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