One of my favorite DIY projects to date. Rather than paying $70 for a beautiful sea shell wreath off of Pinterest, we thought we would make our own. I found bulk white sea shells online – 8lbs – for only $22 (with shipping)! The wreath cost us about $30 total. I love this sea shell wreath – it was so much fun to make. It took us about 4 hours total to complete. Sea shell by sea shell, hot glueing them to the wreath (used about 16 small glue sticks), we sipped on some delicious and refreshing MarquisRitas.
We weren’t sure how we should make the sea shell wreath. Should we buy the tube-like, foam base, a flat base, or the wire frame? After careful consideration, we opted in for the flat surface foam wreath and wrapped it in burlap. We got a 16″ diameter foam wreath because we were afraid of running out of shells if we bought the larger one. From there, we started glueing the shells to the wreath. We sorted the hundreds of shells into a few different piles; large, medium, small, and broken. We only had about 10 shells that broke among the 300+ shipped to us.
DIY Sea Shell Wreath
- Foam (flat surface) wreath – 16″ diameter
- White sea shells (we used about 7lbs of the 8lbs we bought – sorry we never counted the shells individually!)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks (16-20)
- Green paddle wire
- Plug in your glue gun to start heating it up.
- Sort your shells. You’ll want to sort out the large shells first and then medium ones.
- Wrap your foam frame in burlap. With every few wraps, you’ll want to place some dabs of hot glue on the foam wreath to keep the burlap in place. You’ll only need to wrap the foam frame in 1 layer of burlap. When you get to the end, leave an inch extra and cut the burlap free from the roll. Glue the end of the wreath.
- Use the paddle wire to make a loop to hang the frame. We wrapped some wire around the frame and twisted it up the top in a loop. We wound the extra wire around the base of the loop to keep it secured in place.
- Now it’s time to start glueing! Pick out your large shells and glue them on the frame first. Space them out, and place them in different directions. Don’t be afraid to dab on the glue.
- Once you placed your large shells, you can begin to work on adding some medium shells. We sorted out the large cone shells and placed them on first. Then, we added the medium sized ribbed arc shells. All of them. Place the medium shells on the rest of the surface, remember no shells on the back. Once you covered the surface, start adding the rest of the medium shells (still the ribbed arcs) on top of the base shells to cover up the spaces between shells.
- Fill in the rest of the space with smaller shells and auger shells. Pile them on top of each other.
- We added a sugar starfish accent.
The wreath fits perfectly above our nautically themed bed. Have you made any wreaths for summer?