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How to do a Seashell Wreath

Updated on July 29, 2011

Here is another fun summer project that you can do by yourself or with your kids. It is the easiest project under the sun: a seashell wreath that is sure to make a summery beach splash right to your home.

Materials You'll Need

  • 16" foam wreath ring (you can use one by styrofoam, $8.99 at micheals.com for stores)
  • A newspaper
  • About 10 yards of 1 1/2" ivory ribbon
  • White craft glue
  • Ball-head pins
  • scissors
  • A wire cutter
  • Spool of 24-gauge wire
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
  • About 200 assorted seashells (you can use 5 bags of shell mix in white, $6.99 per bag; micheals.com for stores)
  • Three 5"-6" white starfish ($3.99 each; micheals.com for stores)
  • Hammer
  • 1 heavyweight (20 lb) picture-hanging nail
  • 1 small tack

Instructions

1. Place the foam ring on a newspaper-covered surface. With the ribbon still attached to the spool, affix the raw end to the top using a dab of craft glue and 3 pins. Pulling the ribbon taut as you go, wrap the wreath by threading it through the center of the wreath, up and over, and applying a dab of craft glue to the back every 4" to 5" to keep it in place. Continue wrapping and gluing until the wreath is covered. Snip the ribbon from the spool and glue the raw edge to the back of the wreath.

2. To create a loop for hanging, cut off a 24" piece of wire, bend it in half and twist the loose ends together to create one 12" doubled piece. Pass the wire through the back center of the wreath, twisted ends first. Wrap the wire up and over the top of the ring. Twist the ends together at the top of the wreath. Bend one end of the wire around your pinky; twist it around itself to form a small loop.

3. Hot-glue large and medium-size shells to the front of the wreath, varying their direction. Glue small shells to the inside and outside rims. Fill any spaces by hot-gluing smaller shells to the exposed areas or, if neccessary, on top of larger shells. Hot-glue starfish on top of shells. Hammer picture-hanging nail into wall (this will hold the wire loop).

4. To create the decorative ribbon "hanger," snip off an 18" piece of ribbon and hot-glue the ends to the back of the wreath o either side of the wire loop. Glue a large shell to the top of the looped ribbon. Hang the wreath using the wire hook, then place a small tack through the looped ribbon to attach it to the wall, positioning it underneath the shell so it's hidden.

you will need seashells which you can get at the beach or at many craftstores.
you will need seashells which you can get at the beach or at many craftstores.
doing the wreath step 2.
doing the wreath step 2.
doing the seashell wreath 3.
doing the seashell wreath 3.

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      Pauline 

      3 months ago

      this is very beautiful thanks for sharing, I will try and make this.

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      kurlikew 

      3 years ago

      Just wondering ... why bother covering the ring with ribbon if you're just going to cover it up with shells anyway? Seems like a waste of the ribbon.

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      lpanfil 

      6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      That is really pretty. How much does it weigh?

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      Thelma Raker Coffone 

      7 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Very beautiful wreath. Thanks for sharing.

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      marellen 

      7 years ago

      Fun and cute project. The dollar store might have cheaper shells. Thanks for sharing.

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