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
- 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)
- 1 heavyweight (20 lb) picture-hanging nail
- 1 small tack
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.
Some more helpful links about seashell wreaths
- How to Make a Winter White Seashell Wreath | eHow.com
How to Make a Winter White Seashell Wreath. If your favorite place to be is the beach, then this is the winter decoration for you. You can enjoy this wreath year round, but you will especially love unpacking it each year when the days get shorter, th
- How to Make a Wreath with Seashells | eHow.com
How to Make a Wreath with Seashells. If you love seashells, use them to form part of a beautiful beach-style wreath. Crafting a seashell wreath is a project for all seasons. Unlike fresh wreaths, a well-made seashell wreath will last for years. The p
- Seashell Wreath
Project instructions on how to make a beautiful seashell wreath for your front door.
Pauline on May 14, 2018:
this is very beautiful thanks for sharing, I will try and make this.
kurlikew on May 04, 2015:
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.
lpanfil from Cleveland, Ohio on October 18, 2011:
That is really pretty. How much does it weigh?
Thelma Raker Coffone from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on July 30, 2011:
Very beautiful wreath. Thanks for sharing.
marellen on July 29, 2011:
Fun and cute project. The dollar store might have cheaper shells. Thanks for sharing.