Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Seashell Wreath




Keep longing for those wonderful walks on sandy beaches, collecting all sorts of seashells   .  .  . while thinking of ways to preserve those memories?    In an effort to look for ideas and searching for something different, I came across this on the internet for $59.99.  Wow!  How pretty and beachy is this!  What an inspiration! 

                                                





Did you know a seashell wreath personifies the true essence of a beach experience?  Yes, it does!  And I can easily make one of these .  .  . without paying a high cost.  

Here's how:  

Just gather up your stash of collected shells - natural shells in assorted sizes and colors, starfish, small conchs, cone shells, and scallops.                                      
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Grab a can of white acrylic paint and lightly spray a natural twig wreath.
                                                        

 
Start with the largest starfish and shells first, gluing them using E6000 or another permanent type glue. *You don't want to use a glue gun for this if you plan on hanging outside in the heat. The glue will melt if you do.

Cover the entire area of the shell that will touch the twigs with glue, position and hold in place until the glue "grabs" on. I put heavy items such as books to weigh the shells down while drying.  Be careful with the delicate twigs. This is time consuming but worth the wait to make adhesion permanent.


Next fill in with medium shells and then the smaller ones to give your wreath that coastal look!
                                    


Satisfied with exactly how you want it .  .  .Voila! You're done!!!




What do you think?

And for a fraction of the cost  .  .  .

I opted for a more natural look  .  .  .  colors that remind me of the beach, like assorted tans and shades of white.
Makes for a welcoming front door wreath or stylish design accent for any room where you might want to preserve those memories of long walks on the beach and those cool ocean breezes!


Take a little time to enjoy!









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33 comments:

  1. So pretty! I like your wreath better than the store bought one!

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  2. I like it!Very nice and summerly wreath!

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  3. That is so very beautiful I have shells I just never come up with ideas This is just so gorgeous

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  4. It turned out so lovely. I love to collect shells and have tons, well maybe not that many. There are so many things to do with them.
    Have a wonderful week
    Bev
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

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  5. It looks fantastic and as you said for a fraction of the Pier1 and it allows you to add color or not to the shells, if you wish to.

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  6. This is really lovely Gail! I can't imagine paying $60 for a wreath!! I have a lot of shells, and I'm so impressed by your wreath that I just might get around to making one myself someday. Great job!

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  7. Oh it is fabulous. I think your copy is even prettier. Super tutorial too. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  8. Your wreath looks just as pretty as the internet inspiration-but much cheaper.

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  9. Very pretty! I can hear the waves lapping the shore now ;)

    Thanks for linking up,
    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!

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  10. Isn't it fun to see something in a store and know, with a little thought, you can make your own for a fraction of the cost??? Just the other day, I was at Goodwill and saw a container of shells. After seeing your project, I just might have to go back and get them. Hope I'm not too late!! :-)

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  11. Cute! Pretty please share this on my link party!

    Moonlight & Mason Jars (.com)

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  12. Gorgeous wreath! I love the twig wreath and the shells look great!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

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  13. That turned out great! Love it! Saw you at SSS.
    Sherry

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  14. I just wanted to let you know that I featured your wonderful project on homework. Thanks so much for sharing it on The Inspiration Board. Have a great weekend!

    carolyn
    homework &
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  15. Yours is so much nicer than the Pier 1 version! Very nicely done! I am pinning this to my Fabulous Front Doors board!

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  16. So much talent! I love your pretty wreath, it's better tan the store one, really awesome! Thanks for sharing.
    FABBY

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  17. I just came over from DebbieDoo's Pinterest Blitz and pinned your wreath. It goes with my mantel and I will have to copy!!! Di@Cottage-wishes

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  18. Beautiful! I love this! Visiting you from Raising Imperfection!

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  19. Very nicely done. I'm a beachy girl who live in landlocked Kansas, but I get to the beach every couple months!

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  20. Gail, this is amazing! You did a wonderful job on this. Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House! Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  21. This is beautiful, your's is much prettier! just pinned it from the party.

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  22. So pretty. I was just visiting my cousin who has a beach house and this would be perfect for her front door.

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    Raising-Reagan.com

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  23. This is a beautiful wreath! I love beach themed stuff. Thanks for linking it up at Crafty Thursday Obsessions. We are going to feature it this week, so be sure to come back :)

    Stacey
    Gluedtomycrafts.blogspot.com

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  24. Perfect timing--I was just planning to make a similar wreath today for my porch....I planned to spray paint a twig wreath too! I am looking for a sort of weathered white paint. Then will add shells and starfish! Yours is beautiful!
    Linda
    mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

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  25. Absolutely stunning!
    Thank you so much for sharing this on Tutorial Thursdays. Please do come by and place your vote on your favourite link from last week, it may be featured if it wins the voting! I look forward to seeing what you share with us this week :)

    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds' Loft

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  26. Very nice, and a great idea. What are the three big round things?

    Manda Wolf @ Our Wolf Den

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  27. Gail, Congrats! You'll be featured this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Don't forget to grab a button if you'd like. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Jody

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  29. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!

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  30. gorgeous! I just got my mom one for her birthday from Christmas tree shops for 20 bucks. for 20 bucks, I don't mind not diying it.

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  31. I just saw this featured over at Serenity You! So very cool! What a great knock off!!

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