There are a few simple truths we know we can count on: 1) Once Taylor Swift has broken up with a beau, we can expect a new hit song right around the corner; 2) There’s no such thing as brunch without mimosas and 3) Summer and the beach just go together. Another thing synonymous with hitting the shore: Getting your DIY on! (Say what?) This summer, before you hit the beach in spectacular fashion — we’re talkin’ killer swimsuits and swoon-worthy floats — don’t forget to DIY the *perf* beach-lounging accessories for your stylized day trip. From flamingo-inspired totes to a lemon crown that’ll have you stunning like Bey, these DIY musts will take your beach day to the next level.


1. DIY Watermelon Floppy Hat: Nothing says refreshing like a cool slice of watermelon on a hot summer’s day. Give your sun hat a sweet appeal by painting on some of this much-loved fruity flair. (via Studio DIY)


2. DIY Drop Cloth Picnic Blanket: We’re pretty sure this is what your parents meant when they said to get a healthy dose of fruit. Give your beach blanket a romantic touch with these soft watercolor prints that look good enough to eat. (via Brit + Co)


3. DIY Beach Cooler: Just because you’re staying local doesn’t mean you can’t bring the tropics to you. Add a Hawaiian aesthetic and some chill vacay vibes to your standard beach cooler with some painted leaves. (via Brit + Co)


4. DIY Sling Beach Chair Makeover: You’re all about making a statement — even if that statement is about your #lazygirl status. Turn your lounge chair into a witty and colorful masterpiece with just a bit of fabric-friendly paint. (via Studio DIY)


5. DIY This Kate Spade Flamingo: In case you haven’t heard, flamingos are totally on trend. Take your tote from plain to fashion forward by adding a bright pink bird inspired by Kate Spade’s summer collection. (via Brit + Co)


6. DIY Lemonade Headband: You’re a showstopper, just like Bey. Recreate Beyoncé’s tropical vacay look by turning your flower crown into a headpiece inspired by Lemonade. This look is fresh AF! (via Brit + Co)


7. DIY Giant Embroidery Picnic Blanket: Okay, so maybe your hometown beach is still a bit chilly this summer. Snuggle up with your honey and enjoy the view with this pretty and pink beach blanket. (via Lovely Indeed)


8. DIY Cactus Sunnies: Whether you’re going for that Midwestern charm or looking to flaunt your mermaid status while lounging on the shore, one thing is clear: Your sunnies are in dire need of an upgrade. Take your shades to the next level by adding some bright and playful embellishments. (via Brit + Co)


9. DIY Pom Pom Picnic Blanket: Pom poms just make *everything* better. Capture the vibrant colors of summer with a picnic blanket that’s sure to brighten moods with its whimsical charm. (via Studio DIY)


10. DIY Beach Umbrella: While swimming and surfing are cool and all, you’re the type of girl who loves to kick back and relax. Grab some shade in an adorable way with a blue and spotted tassel umbrella. One midday snooze under this ‘brella and you’ll be ready to move to the beach. (via Brit + Co)


11. DIY Pom Pom Sandals: Festival fashion is your jam this summer. Weave on tribal-print lanyards and pom poms for a look that’s sure to bring on those Coachella vibes no matter where you are. (via Brit + Co)


12. DIY Confetti Drink Umbrella: Finally, a lemonade that looks as good as it tastes. Whether you’re making refreshments for the kiddies or mixing up drinks at your next summer party, use some crazy colorful umbrellas to give your cocktails that extra oomph. (via Tell Love and Party)


13. DIY Floral Painted Sunglasses: Rocking that ’90s look this summer? Pair your crop top and denim jacket with a floral set of shades. These are sunnies Clarissa would definitely approve of. (via Lovely Indeed)


14. DIY Citrus Slice Frisbees: Go big or go home. DIY all of your beach day accessories — right down to your citrus frisbees — for a beach outing that shows off your love of all things fruit. (via Paint the Gown Red)


15. DIY Metallic Painted Picnic Basket: Take a modern approach to the classic picnic basket with this metallic paint DIY. Just don’t forget to pack the wine before making your way down to the shore. (via Design Improvised)

What beach DIYs are you making this summer? Show us your project by tagging us on Instagram + using the hashtag #iamcreative! And follow us on Pinterest for even more summer DIY ideas.