It’s simple. An abundance of seashells + a wish to do something with them = A finished piece to grace your lovely home. Or basically whatever you want to do with those shells. In my case, I decided on a DIY seashell wreath.
Shelling is one of my favorite things to do when traveling. I say “when traveling” because I live roughly ten hours from the nearest beach. You might call it an obsession, since every time I visit an ocean I return home with more shells than I know what to do with.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with seashells. I love the whole process of beach combing, feeling the sand between my toes, chasing crabs, and collecting the abandoned exoskeletons of marine mollusks (Yes, that’s technically what seashells really are).
My hate-ship of seashells has to do with the time my oversized suitcase (filled with have my wardrobe from home) was branded with an impossible-to-get-rid of odor from those pesky little shells. Lesson number one: Put the shells in a zip-lock plastic bag if you’re going to keep them in your suitcase. A second lesson from that trip (which bears mentioning): Don’t pack half your wardrobe for a simple Caribbean vacation. You always end up wearing a swimsuit 24/7.
Anywho. I took those pesky, yet pretty seashells and made them into a rather nice wreath. I’m sure I’m not the only one who brings home shells from vacations by the sea, so I decided to share with you how I made my wreath.
What you will need:
- Seashells (cleaned)
- Sticks & Twigs
- Hot Glue Gun + 6 glue sticks
- Small Sawtooth Hanger w/nails
- Craft Twine (optional)
- Spray Paint (optional)
1: Let’s begin! Do you have your seashells? Are they clean? Good. Now go outside & collect some twigs. If it’s been raining or dewy, it’s best to let them dry in the sun for awhile. While they’re drying, you need to cut a nice circular ring (like in the picture) out of a piece of cardboard. The size of your ring determines how big the center of your wreath will be. The one pictured is approximately 5″ across.
Once your twigs are dry, you can spray paint them any color you like. I used a can of flat white spray paint, and gave them a light dusting. I was attempting a bit of a driftwood look. I think it turned out pretty well, don’t you?
2: Now you can begin attaching the twigs to the cardboard ring, using your trusty glue gun (don’t forget to plug it in). Start by using your longest twigs, and space them opposite from each other, to make a “+.”
3: Continue attaching twigs, filling the gaps until the cardboard is as covered as it can get. There will still be some of the cardboard peeking out behind the twigs, but don’t worry about it.
4: Now we’ll begin the fun part: Gluing on the seashells. At this point, you can also use the optional twine. Simply glue the twine to the wreath, make little loop, and glue again. Then place a blog of glue where you want to places your shell. It’s best to gauge just where the edges of your seashell are going to rest on the wreath, and apply the glue there.
5: Simple repeat step number 4, and keep adding shells. Be sure you work in one direction only. The shells will be more secure, and you’ll find it easy to place them. You’ll notice I went in a counter-clockwise direction.
6: More shells, more shells, more twine… Let your creativity soar as you make your seashell wreath uniquely yours.
7: And now you’re wreath is nearly finished. Double-check to make sure all your shells feel secure.
8: The last & final step is to attach the sawtooth hanger on the back, with two nails.
Voila! Now complement yourself on a job well done, and start deciding just where you want to hang your masterpiece.
Do you have any other DIY seashell craft ideas? Have you made a wreath like this before? Let me know in the comments below.