Creations, Summer Craft & Decor Ideas

With summer just around the corner, I rounded up some of my favorite summer centerpieces, crafts and decor ideas to spark your creativity

They are fast, easy, and cheap!

A few shells and some glass pebbles instantly bring the sea to your table or vignette


Have everyone park their shoes by the door in this decorative Flip Flop basket

Use a big basket you already have, paint a section with color, and attach a colorful pair of flip flops to provide the hint to what the basket is for

I painted wooden flip flops from Hobby Lobby, but you can find a cute pair of kids flip flops at a discount store



Memorial Day is the official kick off to summer,  so start rounding up your red, white & blue



This easy project requires no art skills, just spray paint, painter’s tape and a few patriotic ornaments from the craft store

You can see the tutorial here



See the bottles in action at the Grand Old Flag tables post here




This boat is filled with the unlikely mix of blue pebbles, roses, flags, baby’s breath and paper umbrellas for this Red White & Sea Blue centerpiece

You can see more Summer Centerpieces here



This one from Washed Ashore is so easy

A large basket tray holds a ceramic boat planter, netting, shells, sea glass, bottles,  randomly piled up like it had been washed ashore by the tide


Battery operated tea lights are tucked in for night time ambience



This one is similar, using a large wooden boat to hold a mermaid and sea shells at this She Sells Seashells by the Seashore table



Shells & sea glass are great in pots too, with or without plants



Add a colorful gazing ball to your patio or garden for an unexpected pop of color


You can see more beachy projects on Summer Crafts here



Use tiles for outdoor place mats, they won’t blow away!  See more on Sea of Glass here



You don’t have to be an artist to paint some Watermelon Chargers,  see the easy tutorial here




Nothing feels like summer more that bright colors



Have some fun with spray paint and bright accessories, ribbons or craft buttons and beads, see more on Bottle Bling here



Save bottle caps and see how crafty you can be with them

I didn’t make this fish, but he had hung out so long outside he got rusty

I gave him a little paint makeover…see more ideas on Somethin’s Fishy



“Fancy up” some flatware with shells, it’s easy to do, and really makes a statement on your table

You can see the tutorial on Fancy Flatware here



Brighten up your entry with a colorful door, see more Colorful Doors here



Perk up a pot with a little paint

I added a little color to this white pot with raised fish details with a light stroke, and painted a stripe around the rim




One more thing you’ve got to try



Fill a lantern with small colored bottles, baubles and even a colored glass jar, whatever you can find that fits,

add a string of battery operated LED mini lights or tea lights to create a beautiful vignette or centerpiece


You can see more on Sparkling Sea of Tranquility here

I hope I’ve made you want to get busy creating and crafting for summer!

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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Rustic and RefinedBetween Naps on the PorchCelebrate and Decorate,

Coastal CharmCooking and Crafting with J&J,  The Scoop,   A Stroll Thru Life 

Lori’s Culinary Creations,   Moonlight and Mason Jars

Full Plate Thursday  Foodie Friday & Everything Else

Share it One More Time   Delicious Dishes Recipe Party     Foodie Friends Friday
















17 Responses to “Creations, Summer Craft & Decor Ideas”
  1. Jenna, I can always count on you for the most wonderful ideas! Your round-up is loaded with summer inspiration! I wish I was more crafty. When I was young and just married, I took every class available and made lots of fun things, so what happened to me? Happy Thursday!

    • Thanks Pam! There is nothing like taking a class for fun and inspiration, but you’ve got that green green thumb and gorgeous garden to tend~ stay cool, it’s too hot already!

  2. thefrenchhutch says:

    Jenna, I love everything beachy and your Memorial Day inspirations. From flip flops to shell baskets such fun projects! Summer is knocking here and already at the beach……….Happy weekend.

  3. I LOVE the flip flop basket idea! I’m doing that one. Preferably as soon as possible! And thanks for the battery light reminder. I have to remember to take mine from home and my lantern to the lake!

  4. Jodi says:

    beautiful summer fun!

  5. Wow wow wow Jenna! So many great ideas in here to inspire a whole summer of crafting and entertaining. My favorite is the sea shell adorned silverware. So adorable and easy. Thank you!

    Johanne Lamarche


  6. Sandra D, Joliet says:

    I love ocean blue & white and then there’s the gorgeous seafoam (turquoise) colored sea glass. How can one go wrong with seashells?

  7. I love these ideas! I’m a big fan of blue glass, so that adds to the appeal. With the exception of knitting and quilting, I’m not a very crafty person, but I think I could handle these.

  8. Designing Us says:

    I want a beach house now, all that sea glass makes me happy. I think the tile placemats are my favorites here, it’s a great idea! I’d love for you to share your post with Designing You!

  9. Mary says:

    Thanks for the round-up and sharing your summer creations Jenna! I especially love your flip flop bag with your cute painted flip flops attached!

  10. I love your idea of using tiles as placemats. Very cool !

  11. I LOVE the idea of using tiles for a placemat! Of course, you know me, so many cute ideas to infuse some coastal vibe into my interior…and exterior! Thanks so much for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

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