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Great Ways to Upcycle Old Beach Towels

Each summer, we find ourselves going through the beach towels at home and at our cottage and wondering how the heck we’ve taken such a toll on the old ones. Now, they’re not necessarily threadbare, but they certainly don’t always stay quite as fluffy and nice as they were when we bought them. We spend so much time on the beach each year, however, that we’re always tempted to get new ones when the weather first starts warming up so that they really will last us the whole season. With that said, we never want to get rid of the old ones entirely either because we’ve always been a “waste not, want not” kind of family. What essentially ends up happening, then, is that we kind of just accumulate beach towels and end up with way too many sitting around. That’s why we’ve been looking for crafty ways to upcycle them into brand new things!

Just in case you also have a surplus of towels and the idea of repurposing them into other useful things to give them a new lease on life sounds as appealing to you as it did to us, here are 15 of the best project ideas and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our test to reuse the towels we have spilling off our shelves.

1. Thick handled towel beach tote

Thick handled bath towel beach tote

Besides towels, something we always find we can use is a good, sturdy beach tote! Sure, we can use just about any reusable grocery bag that we already have at home, but we find that we prefer our beach totes to be washable because they pick up so much sand with each trip. That’s why we thought this idea from Kidspot for creating a DIY tote from an old beach towel was such a good idea! We love this particular tutorial because they show you how to make sturdy straps to go along with it, making it even better for carrying things.

2. Recycled towel bath mat

Recycled towel bath mat

Do you actually have so many towels available for repurposing that you’ve got an array of colours to choose from? Well, what if we said that you could make something with at least three different colours so you can use more towels up at once without even having to choose between colours? Then we have a feeling you’ll be pretty intrigued indeed by this braided towel strip bath mat idea featured on Buzzfeed! This is one of those great projects where the final product is quite impressive but the process is actually a lot simpler than you’d think.

3. Easy-sew beach towel lounger bag

Easy sew beach towel lounger bag

Believe it or not, not everything you make from an old beach towel has to involve cutting the towel up into pieces or drastically changing it. This tutorial from Artsea Chic, for example, shows you how to create a portable “beach bag” that actually folds out into a comfy lounger complete with a pillow. It’s perfect for sun tanning on the beach or even just laying out on the grass in your yard to read a book on a warm afternoon!

4. Beach towel grocery bag

Beach towel grocery bag

Are you actually very into the idea of making yourself a new tote from your towels, whether you use them to go to the beach or even just get some groceries when you walk over to the store, but you’d rather make a simpler version that doesn’t require adding external straps or handles? Then we think you might actually prefer this tutorial from Paper n’ Stitch that teaches you how to make an even simpler tote with cut-out handles in just a few easy steps.