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9 Home Decor Crafts Using Goodies From the Beach

06/08/2015 10:24 am ET | Updated Jun 08, 2016

Summer's on its way in, which means hello beach days! While you're lounging in the sun and leaving footprints in the sand, don't forget to collect shells and other beach treasures for some amazing crafts and decorating ideas. These 9 home decor DIYs will leave your home brimming with coastal character all summer long!

1. Decorate a flower pot

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Project via James @The Cavender Diary

Give any old flower pot a nautical makeover, with some pretty sea shells. It's easy to do, and it will help you show off your summertime adventures.

2. Make a wind chime

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Project via Kim @Seven Thirty Three

Using sea glass, shells, and driftwood, create a wind chime to bring that beachy breeze all the way to your front porch, wherever you live.

3. Frame a mirror

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Project via Heather and Vanessa @At the Picket Fence

Use your collection to cover a cheap mirror frame in colorful sea shells, and add nautical decor to any room in your home. Give your bathroom a theme makeover, by hanging this mirror above the sink and adding jars of shells to shelves.

4. Cover a vase or votive in driftwood

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Project via Tricia @Simplicity in the South

If you came home from your local beach with driftwood galore, don't just stack it in a corner or put it on display - use your worn wood pieces to cover a large vase or hurricane candle.

5. Turn shells into drawer pulls

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Project via Isabelle @Engineer Your Space

Sea shells can be much more than just decoration - add a bolt to the inside of a medium sized shell, and instantly create interesting and nostalgic drawer pulls for your dresser or handles for your cabinets.

6. Get a gilded dish

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Project via Julia @Just Something I Whipped Up

Search for some larger shells, give them a coat of metallic paint or gold leaf, and then use them around your home as a jewelry dish, a salt bowl, or a fancy soap holder. Bonus: these are great for gifts!

7. Use shells for tea lights

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Project via Stephanie @Garden Therapy

Fill your beach goodies with DIY beeswax candles, to create delicate tea lights that will set the coastal mood anywhere, from an elegant bathroom, to a summertime cookout.

8. Build a unique bird feeder

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Project via Emily @Table and Hearth

Give your local feathered friends a taste of the beach, by building a seashell bird feeder to add to your yard or garden.

9. Make a mosaic lantern

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Project via Angie @The Country Chic Cottage

Cover a mason jar in colorful bits of sea glass and grout or air-dry clay, to create this beautiful lantern, perfect for giving a soft glow to an intimate dinner on the patio.

For more craft ideas, inspirations, and how-to's, check out the crafts page on Hometalk!