Summer is fast approaching, which means barbeques, picnics, and, if you’re lucky, lots – like lots – of beach time. But just because you like the beach doesn’t mean it can’t get a little boring sometimes. Here are a few ideas to help sitting-around-and-doing-nothing a little more interesting this summer.
Turn your towel into a jumbo tic-tac-toe board with nothing but some grosgrain ribbon to set up the playing board and some large shells to take the place of X’s and O’s.
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Wet sand at the beach doubles as a natural spa treatment when you blend a bit of the sand with your favorite essential oil. The mixture creates a super simple skin-softening scrub that you can massage onto your skin and then rinse off right in the ocean.
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Search the shore for pieces of sea glass, and then use your colorful finds to create your own one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
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A little bit of stamping can instantly transform a placemat into a beach-friendly checkerboard. Collect some stones or shells to use as the playing pieces.
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Enjoy an afternoon of collecting shells, which you can then use in any number of crafts, including using them to make candles, decorate picture frames and flower pots, and to make seashell string lights.
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Make your own DIY paddleball set using wooden paddles, paint, and stencils, and put a creative spin on a classic beach favorite.
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Wet sand makes for the perfect medium to show off your artistic capabilities, so gather your supplies ¬– you’ll need at least the basics: a shovel and a bucket – and get building.
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Sea-glass pieces and ceramic shards, another beach find, can be combined in a Calder-esque mobile, producing a charming effect when hung by a window.
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A day at the beach is pretty carefree regardless, but you can still take your relaxation to the next level by using stones to stimulate the seven main energy centers of your body and balance your chakra.
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Round out a fun day at the beach with a sunset campfire, complete with a fire-cooked dinner!