8 DIY Coastal Home Accessories

  • 01 of 09

    DIYs with Beachy Vibes

    Beach house decor you can diy
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    There's one decorating style that never seems to go out of style. Coastal decor--known for its soft colors and natural textures--is perennially popular because of the relaxed, casual feeling it evokes. Whether it's the ocean, one of the Great Lakes, or a smaller inland lake, people flock to beaches around the world to enjoy the calming effects of water.  

    Fortunately, it isn't necessary to have a cottage in the Hamptons or a house in Malibu to achieve the same sense of calm and...MORE tranquility that the coast offers. There are ways to bring the beach home with you other than with sand in your shoes.

    First, these five elements are the backbone of a coastal-style room:

    Think Blue--It's practically impossible to imagine a coastal space without at least a little blue in it. Use a variety of shades of blue to evoke the colors of the water and sky and to add more interest and depth to your space.

    Casual Furnishings--The beach is nothing if not laid-back. If you want the true feel of the beach, go for hard-wearing materials like wood floors and slipcovered furniture.

    Accessories with Texture--The beach is full of textures: smooth stones, rough sand, driftwood, shells, a wooden dock...our senses definitely come alive at the beach, and textures help that happen. Add sisal, seagrass and rope to evoke the natural textures of the beach.

    Elements of Nature--Actual artifacts collected from the beach such as driftwood, shells, and sea glass are a no-brainer in a coastal-inspired space and add the perfect finishing touch. You can certainly collect authentic items and use them to make wall art and other home decor. Or, you can fake your own versions of beach artifacts using craft techniques and paint finishes.

    Here are some great examples of coastal home accessories you can make yourself.

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  • 02 of 09

    Driftwood Candle Holder

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    how to make a candle holder out of driftwood. Home Made Modern

    Look for interesting pieces of wood that have been weathered to a smooth finish by the waves the next time you're at the beach. It's easy to turn driftwood into a tea light holder with just a special drill bit. A coastal candle holder like this one looks great on a deck or as part of a beachy vignette on a coffee table. If you're lucky enough to find a longer piece, you could add several more tea lights for a stunning centerpiece on a long dining room table.

    Driftwood Candle Holder fro...MOREHome Made Modern

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  • 03 of 09

    Sea Glass Centerpiece

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    make sea glass bottles with spray paint. Sadie Seasongoods

    Thanks to a relatively new spray paint finish, you can turn plain glass bottles into stunning sea glass. Save up your empty oil, liquor, and wine bottles--a variety of shapes and sizes works best--then give them all a coat of sea glass paint which dries to a realistic-looking frosty finish. Put the bottles in a basket like this one or arrange them on a tray. Although they look beautiful on their own, these artificial sea oat stems are the perfect finishing touch.

    Brush up on the dos and...MORE don'ts of spray painting before you begin!

    Sea Glass Centerpiece from Sadie Seasongoods

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  • 04 of 09

    DIY Starfish and Sand Dollars

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    how to make a starfish with baking soda dough. My Pinterventures

    Starfish and sand dollars are some of the beach's most beautiful treasures, but they can be hard to find. Or maybe your beach of choice is a lake, in which case beachcombing is limited. You can make your own ocean artifacts, though, with simple baking soda or salt dough. Then, frame them in shadow boxes or put them in bowls or vases.

    DIY Starfish and Sand Dollars from My Pinterventures

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  • 05 of 09

    Fishing Floats

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    diy fishing floats. Craftberry Bush

    You can buy antique glass fishing floats, but it would be pretty expensive to fill a basket with them like this one. Luckily, if you love this look, you can fake it! Plain glass globe vases and a paint finish replicates the look of old floats. Add a net using twine and a simple macrame technique for an authentic feel. 

    DIY Fishing Floats from Craftberry Bush

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  • 06 of 09

    Beach Vacation Memory Jar

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    Vacation Memory Jar. Home Made Modern

    Remember the sea breezes and sand in your toes long after vacation is over by making a memory jar. Fill a large glass vessel with sand, artificial sea grass, rocks, driftwood, or other treasures that wash up on the shore. Other items you could add for extra interest include a favorite family photo taken on the beach, a postcard from the area you visited, or a replica of the local lighthouse from a tourist shop. Just don't make the scene too cluttered. Top it off with a chalkboard tag hung...MORE with rope.

    Here are some other ways to save and display your vacation memories.

    Beach Vacation Memory Jar from Home Made Modern

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  • 07 of 09

    Nautical Rope Lamp

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    Nautical Rope Lamp. Down Home Inspiration

    This knotty lamp is a DIY dead-ringer for one from Pottery Barn. Made from rope, it adds just the right kind of texture to a nightstand or end table in a coastal space, giving a nod to a nautical theme without going "overboard." Novelty table lamps can go tacky pretty quick (think lamp bases shaped like lighthouses), but ones made from driftwood or rope are a simple and elegant way to light up a coastal-style room.

    Nautical Rope Lamp from Down Home Inspiration 

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  • 08 of 09

    Coastal Wood Picture Frame

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    DIY Picture Frame from Fencing. A Piece of Rainbow

    Add the perfect touch of patina to a coastal-themed gallery wall with a DIY picture frame that replicates the look of reclaimed wood from old boats. The chippy finish, weathered edges, and colors in this frame would highlight a family picture from your vacation beautifully. 

    Want to hang a piece of one-of-a-kind art that looks expensive? Take pictures on the beach and turn them into digital watercolors using the Waterlogue app.

    Coastal Wood Picture Frame from A Piece of Rainbow

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  • 09 of 09

    Faux Coral

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    Faux Coral. Home Stories A to Z

    It's against the law to collect real coral from the ocean floor, but nothing's stopping from you making your own! Start your project in the aquarium aisle of your local pet supply store, where they have lots of coral figurines for fish tanks, but often in garish, unrealistic colors. Simply spray paint your "specimens" with white paint in a matte finish for a look that's true-to-life, or try a glossy red for a more trendy take.

    Faux Coral from Homes Stories A to Z