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DIY Beach Bag – Graphics and Beads

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DIY Beach Bag – Graphics and Beads

Are you dreaming of ocean breezes, salt air, sun-kissed cheeks and umbrella drinks? Even though Jenn and I have each been fortunate to have mini beach getaways, we are always looking forward to the next time. A couple of weeks ago Honey Bee had a business engagement in South Florida and he invited me to go along. There was a promise of two glorious days to lounge on the beach and there was no way that I was going to turn that down! My suitcase was packed quicker than you can say “mojito” and I was ready to go. Except I soon discovered that I forgot to pack a beach bag!

Feeling Beachy

When I returned home I decided that I needed more than one beach bag. My current bag was pulling double duty as a pool bag and was left in the laundry room. Anyway, I couldn’t find a cute inexpensive bag that I liked in the stores so…I decided to create one for myself.

I wanted to make something with a bit of vintage flair. This canvas bag is from the craft store and after using a coupon was only $4.80.

DIY Beach Bag Backpack. Add easy graphics and seglass beads for a unique beach bag.


  • Canvas tote bag or backpack.
  • Lesley Riley’s Transfer Artist Paper
  • Sea glass beads
  • Compass charm
  • Bakers twine
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Iron

Rummaging through my craft stash I found these beads that look just like sea glass. The compass charm looks a bit vintage and nautical too.

DIY Beach Bag Backpack. Sea glass beads and a compass charm were added to create a beach bag.

I used baker’s twine to thread the beads and compass to attach them to the beach bag.

DIY Beach Bag Backpack. Using bakers twine as thread for the sea glass beads.

Beachy already…right?

DIY Beach Bag Backpack. Add the sea glass beads and compass charm to the canvas bag.

Using different fonts and graphics, I typed out words that conjure up the beach vibe using coastal colors. Beach bound, toes in the sand, special bev, summer fun, vitamin sea, seashells and relax are my personal beach favorites. You can customize the graphics to your own beach preferences. The large “summer fun” graphic was created specifically for the pocket.

DIY Beach Bag Backpack. Print graphics in reverse on special paper.

They were printed out on my favorite transfer artist paper. Remember, the image needs to be printed in reverse for iron-on purposes.
DIY Beach Bag Backpack.

Look at how super cute this turned out.







DIY Beach Bag Backpack. Beach ready bag.

This definitely feels retro and nostalgic – like the bag I took to the beach every week when I was a teenager in Florida.


It’s also large enough to hold two towels, magazines, lotion etc.


Not to be a braggart but I got several compliments at the pool too 🙂 Remember, you can use a canvas tote bag or a backpack.

DIY Beach Bag

My new beach bag will get a lot of use this summer on the boat, at the pool and hopefully at the beach!

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  1. Any suggestions on where I can find this compass charm ???

  2. Bambi Mullinax says:

    I can’t stand it!! This bag is adorable. I’ll provide the beach if you provide the bag:))

  3. Anita Oliver says:

    What an adorable beach bag! Where did you purchase the TAP paper? I ordered some from Amazon 9 weeks ago, and last week I got another email stating that the order would be delayed ( again) or may never be fulfilled. I was unable to purchase from Lesley Rileys website. I wonder if this paper is even made anymore. I hope I’m wrong, and you will be able to tell me your source, and it’s still available. 😊

  4. What a fun bag to take to the beach! I love the compass inspiration and the glass beads too! They add the perfect touch of nature and reminds me of all the great shelling in Florida. Hugs, CoCo

  5. Teresa Angel says:

    Love’n this bag! Got to see if I can do this ,this summer!

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