Torn Paper Beach Art Project

I am dreaming of summer evenings walking along the beach. And, until I can make that happen, I have been making all of the beach and seaside art projects my heart desires. I love the smell sounds of the waves crashing on the shore line. It’s such a universally calming sound. And, since I had a bunch of paper scraps at home, I thought I would use them to make a torn paper beach art project.

Decorate some mermaid shells to go with this fun summer craft!

Torn Paper Beach Art Project


  • 4-5 pieces of construction paper.
  • Glue. 

This project is almost as soothing as being at the beach, and I really love the end result. Plus, it’s a great project for nearly any age group and is great for developing fine motor skills for little ones.

I used two shades of blue and white scrap paper to make my beach. The waves were glued onto a tan piece of construction paper. This project would also look really great with sand glued onto the paper.

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Start by tearing the white and blue paper. I tore some long strips, and some triangular strips. There is no right or wrong way to do this project.

Once I had all of my paper pieces torn, I laid them on the tan construction paper. I layered them and moved them around until the pieces resembled waves on the beach.

Then, I added a thin layer of glue on the back of each piece of paper and placed them onto the tan base piece of paper. I started near the bottom of the base piece of paper, leaving just a little bit of the tan paper showing as sand. Then, I layered each wave on top of the last one until I finished the whole page.

This project is going to be framed and hung in my boys’ beach themed bathroom.

That’s it! I hope you’re inspired to bring a little bit of the beach home to you with this torn paper beach art project!

Be sure to also check out this negative space painting summer art project.

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