Summertime means the living is easy, and that includes many hours of lazing on the beach. With all that vitamin D and the salty scent of the sea, there are lots of happy vibes bouncing around on the sand. And while the beach doesn’t always bring DIY projects to mind, trust that there are tons of ways to make your beach ventures even better. Check out these 19 sweet ways to have even more fun in the sun.

1. Cover-up: Be cute and covered with this pretty pom pom coverup. This makes for a great outfit for a walk along the shore or while mowing down your post-swim ice cream cone. (via Merrick’s Art)

2. Tote Bag: Bored with your plain ol’ canvas tote? Keep all of your essentials contained with one of these cute (and gilded!) bags. (via Brit + Co)

3. Aluminum Chair: While we love our tried-and-true beach chairs, some of them might need some love. Give that seat a whole new look with colorful string and a little bit of patience. (via A Beautiful Mess)

4. Pom Pom Bikini: Update a basic bikini with a fun trim, like these pom poms. We bet tassels and sequins could be applied in the same manner. (via A Pair and a Spare)

5. Blanket Shorts Makeover: Reuse that worn-down beach blanket by tricking out some old shorts. Paired with a simple tank, these will have you ready to strut along the boardwalk in style. (via Brit + Co)

6. Roll-up Towel: Like to pack light? We get it. Keep things simple with a homemade roll-up towel, complete with straps. Impromptu trips to the beach just got a whole lot easier. (via Design Sponge)

7. Beaded Sunglasses: Take plain black sunnies to new levels with intricate beading. With plenty of color schemes and pattern options to create, the possibilities really are endless. (via Free People)

8. T-Shirt Cover-up: Take an old tee and make this chic, no-sew beach cover-up. All you need to do is throw on some flip flops and you’re good to go. (via Brit + Co)

9. Donut Hat: Do we even have to discuss why a donut hat is necessary? Bring fun in the sun to new levels with a whimsical topper. (via Studio DIY)

10. Skort: This skort looks like it knows how to party. Take it back to your younger days with this throwback that’s making a comeback. (via Brit + Co)

11. Wet Swimsuit Bag: Don’t let your swimsuit dampen everything else in your beach tote. Make this bag exclusively for your bikini and throw it right in the wash when you hit home. (via Alice & Lois)

12. Turban Headband: Heading out in the evening? Keep beach hair at bay with a cute turban headband that takes only 15 minutes to make. (via Brit + Co)

13. Painted Blanket: Amplify your Insta pics with a stunning painted blanket. Instant backdrop? We heart that. (via A Subtle Revelry)

14. Fanny Pack: This is totally not your grandma’s favorite accessory anymore. Keep your phone, keys and wallet handy with an adorable watermelon fanny pack. (via Brit + Co)

15. Polka Dot Floppy Hat: Protect your face from UV rays and look adorable while doing so with a polka dot floppy hat. Try alternating dot colors for a more vibrant look. (via Sugar & Cloth)

16. Picnic Basket Backpack: Turn a plain ol’ basket into a wearable picnic backpack. No need to lug a huge cooler around anymore. (via Brit + Co)

17. Caftan: Make a simple tunic with a teensy pop of color for an easy-to-wear boardwalk outfit. Three cheers for being cute and comfy. (via The Purl Bee)

18. Embroidered Flip Flops: Keep those inexpensive flip flops from giving you blisters by wrapping them in yarn for a healthy dose of color and some cozy toesie protection. (via Brit + Co)

19. Glittered Sunnies: Sunshine and sparkles is always a winning combination. Shine bright with these glittery shades. (via A Beautiful Mess)

What are your beach day essentials? Let us know in the comments!