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06/12/2013 06:30 pm ET | Updated Jun 13, 2013

5 Beach DIY Ideas That Are Way Better Than Plastic Lounge Chairs (PHOTOS)

The funny thing about when beach season rolls around is that we can never seem to find anything we owned from the previous year. Then, we're left rushing to the store where the only items left are a filmsy umbrella or plastic lounge chair that cost way more than we're willing to spend. But, of course, we drop the cash because these are beach must-haves. It doesn't have to be this way though -- we've found awesome DIY ideas that will totally save you time and money this year.

Plus, it's OK if one of your projects get sandy or you forget them after a long day of drinking relaxing because they're inexpensive and easy to make. So, scroll through and enjoy.

1. Quilted Umbrella Blanket
You know all those times your umbrella just wouldn't stand upright? Well, that'll never happen again.
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Credit: Sew Homegrown

2. Beach Bag
It's a handy carryall made out of a towel, so if you forget one at home you can dry yourself off with this.
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Credit: Betwixxt

3. Beach Chair
Say goodbye to huge beach chairs. This one can be assembled in seconds and takes up practically no room in the car.
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Credit: Tree Hugger

4. Beach Towel
This little towel tote unravels to reveal a perfect sunbathing companion.
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Credit: The Golden Adventures Of A Very Dark Horse

5. Beach Bucket
OK, this is kind of cutesy, but honestly, even adults would love a customizable beach bucket -- just fill it with, well, adult things.
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Credit: CherylStyle

Interested in some more DIY projects? Then be sure to flip through our Craft Of The Day slideshow below.

Craft Of The Day

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