How to Build a Beach Scene


Whether you're setting the stage for a performance or having a theme party, you can recreate the outdoors inside by building a beach scene. You don't have to be an artist or a carpenter to make realistic-looking beach scene that amps up the atmosphere of your theme. With a few household items, arts and crafts supplies and a quick trip to your local garden center, you can build a great beach scene in less than one weekend.

Things You'll Need

  • Bare wall
  • Large white canvases
  • Plain white bedsheets
  • Colored paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Plants
  • Patio furniture
  • Sand
  • Beach toys
  • Beach accessories
  • Clear out a sufficient area to create your scene. Determine the amount of space you'll need and move everything out of the way to provide a life-size canvas. For a stage scene, about 6 feet forward from and across the width of the backstage wall is a good guideline. For a theme-party atmosphere, clear the entire room.

  • Prepare the backdrop canvas. Paint a simple beach scene on a wall, a large canvas or white, flat cotton bedsheets. Use pale sky blue and white paints to create a sky across the top. From the middle down, use deeper shades of blue with white accents to create rippling water. Allow the paint to dry.

  • Add depth, perception and detail to your backdrop. Paint a tiny boat at the point where the water meets the sky to create a horizon line and an orange-yellow sun anywhere at the top. Water down the same paint used for the sun. Directly under it -- right over the water -- paint a circle the same size as the sun with the diluted paint. Gently dab the circle with a dampened sponge to create a reflection in the water.

  • Pour sand over the floor in the designated area. Measure the square footage of the floor area where the beach scene will be set. Visit a home and garden retail center to buy as many bags of natural sand needed to cover the square footage. Distribute the sand evenly in front of your backdrop. Enhance the look by scattering a few seashells and dried starfish over it.

  • Accessorize the scene with beach-themed props. In front of the backdrop -- and throughout the room when applicable -- set up various beach furnishings and accessories. Add a few outdoor lounging chairs, umbrellas or, if space allows, a picnic bench. Enhance the area with beach balls, buckets, pails, shovels and artificial sand castles. Line the edges of your scene with artificial or potted palm trees for a finishing touch.

Tips & Warnings

  • For easier clean up and removal, use a sand-colored area rug instead of actual sand.

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