This seashell wreath is a great way to display those seashells picked up while on vacation and a fun way to save your memories. I began this wreath project with a basic apple wood wreath. I first decided on the theme and then gathered my items before putting the wreath together.
Since it’s the beginning of Summer, I dug out the seashells we picked up on the beach from past beach vacations.
I started with the apple wood wreath I bought at Target last fall. I hot glued white wood pumpkins to the wreath for Fall—time to pull the pumpkins off and move on to Summer.
I whitewashed one side of the wreath, but when getting ready to put the seashell wreath together, I decided to flip it and go with the natural side.
Looking for something to add more interest to the wreath, and I thought of sisal rope…..I know that’s a surprise to you. I kind of had a sisal rope fixation a couple of years ago.
I have several boxes of seashells and I use them in projects or just to fill pretty containers for Summer displays. The seashells are beach vacation finds—the starfish I ordered on eBay or Amazon. We don’t find many starfish on the beach.
The first step to making the wreath was adding the sisal rope. I took a length of rope and knotted it in several places.
Then I glued it to the wreath. I use a popsicle stick or something similar to hold the glued item. Saves my fingertips. A hot glue gun makes everything stick right away and is easy to use if you protect your fingertips but sometimes I use wire to hold things in place. It really depends on what type of wreath I am putting together.
Next, I added the starfish. I used three starfish and placed them in a random pattern. Always use odd numbers in decorating….even when making a wreath.
Then I started adding some of the larger seashells to the spaces between the starfish.
I continued by filling the empty spaces with smaller seashells. I stopped before I overdid it…..I think.
Before hanging the wreath, I pulled all the hot glue stringy pieces from the wreath.
I was reading up on starfish and learned the average lifespan of a starfish is 35 years. I had no idea, did you?
This wreath can be turned different ways depending on your decorating style.
I think I like it best hanging with the seashells and starfish at the 6 o'clock position.
Make A Wreath For Summer
That’s it for the wreath. What would you use to make a wreath? I can see things like yahtzee pieces, colorful drink umbrellas, Lego blocks, fast food toys, any whimsical thing as wreath filler. Give me some ideas.
As always, thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com