Here’s a beautiful collection of beach theme, DIY wall art

We all know what’s right around the corner, and I’m just not ready to go there . . . So today’s DIY wall art tutorial celebrates summertime. If you have a room decorated in a beach theme, or a bag of shells leftover from summer vacation, this Seaside Wall Art is for you. You make it with fabric, a texture medium that looks like sand, and of course, your beach treasures. It’s not as fast as some of our DIY wall art ideas, but the end result is beautiful.

DIY beach wall art for beach theme home decor

A trio of Seaside Wall Art by Kathleen George.

To make Seaside Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
  • Fabric, ½ yd.
  • Ceramic Stucco Texture Medium (we used Liquitex)
  • Acrylic craft paint, tan
  • Shells, sea glass, driftwood, and other beach finds
  • Fine sand, a handful
  • Hook & loop hangers
  • Thick white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Serrated knife and old candle or a bar of soap OR dental floss; T-square or ruler; sharp pencil; newspaper; disposable container; table knife; rubber spatula; joint knife; scissors; nail scissors; straight pins

To make Seaside Wall Art:

1. Using the T-square or ruler and the sharp pencil, draw two lines on your foam sheet, dividing it into three, 12” squares.

2. Use dental floss to cut the sheet into three squares. Or, wax your serrated knife with an old candle or bar of soap, and cut the foam into three pieces.

3. Lay the three panels side by side. On the left-hand and right-hand panels, draw a horizontal line 2-1/2” from the bottom edge.

how to make beach theme wall art for beach theme home decor

Mark a line 2-1/2″ up from the bottom edge. You’ll cover this horizontal strip and the edges with the stucco medium to look like sand.

4. Mix about 1 c. of the stucco texture gel with a small amount of tan paint in the disposable bowl. You want it to look like sand.

5. Cover your work surface with newspaper. Using a table knife, spread a thin layer of stucco onto the front and all four side edges of the center square.

6. Spread stucco mixture to cover the 2-1/2” horizontal strip, the sides and bottom edge of the two side panels. Do not cover the scored pencil line, and do not stucco the sides above the 2-1/2” line.

6. Repeat, using the spatula to spread on another coat. Finish with the joint knife, creating a smooth, even layer of stucco.

7. While the stucco is still wet, push shells, sea glass, pebbles, and other beach finds into the stucco. Refer to the photo for inspiration and placement. Lightly sprinkle a little fine sand around each arrangement. Let dry thoroughly.

DIY wall art with a beach theme

Arrange your beach finds in the wet stucco, and then sprinkle lightly with a handful of sand.

8. When the stucco is dry, hold each square over a trash can and lightly tap to shake off any loose sand.

9. Cut out two, 14” fabric squares.

10. Center each fabric square on the left and right panels. The lower edge should extend approximately ¼” – 3/8” past the scored line on the foam panels. Using the table knife, tuck this fabric edge into the scored line. Trim excess fabric with nail scissors.

11. Wrap fabric around the sides and top, and pin and glue to the back of the foam square. Fold fabric neatly at the corners. Let glue dry.

12. Hang the trio with hook & loop hangers.

Pretty, yes?

Here are links to a few more seashell crafts:

Seashell & Sea Glass Centerpiece & Candle Cubes

Seashell Deco Spheres & Sea Glass Orbs

Seashell & Sea Glass Topiaries

Don’t forget about our giveaway. In honor of the successful landing of the rover Curiosity on Mars, I’m giving away a Solar System kit on Friday, and here’s how you can enter.

See you tomorrow.

Happy crafting.


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6 Responses to Here’s a beautiful collection of beach theme, DIY wall art

  1. Beautiful! I have an urge to go out and buy a beach house immediately – just so I could decorate it like this!

  2. Violet W. says:

    Beautiful. I can imagine this as a small mini album cover etc….

  3. Lisa M says:

    fun idea. I wish we were closer to the beach….

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