A Coastal shell wreath is celebrated with seashells, not leaves!
I was born upstate New York with beautiful, colorful falls, which made up for the harsh, cold winters. The leaves of the trees would change each October, and people would travel from all over the globe to see Hudson Valley tree colors. I miss the colorful trees, but I definitely don’t miss the winters. I feel blessed to be living by the coast, so to substitute for fall leaves, I pick seashells from the beach all year round! I decided to pull out my collections of shells to show you all how to create a coastal shell wreath perfect for the fall.
Supplies you need:
- 1 starfish
- Foam wreath form
- Glue gun
- White spray paint
STEP 1: PREPARING THE SHELLS
You can pick any shells you want, but I wanted similar shells for a uniform look, adorned with one star fish. I washed the shells with lemon water (no harsh detergents). Let the shells dry completely (so glue will stick).
GLUING & DECORATING THE SEA SHELLS
I sprayed painted the green foam white then waited until it is completely dried. I glued the shells in different directions. I advise using a white wreath foam, instead of green. To save money I used one I had stored away. It can get expensive doing projects, so I save everything for other projects.
(Second side) I flipped the wreath over to spray paint that side white. After drying I glue on the remainder of the shells. If you noticed that the shells are a tint of red, you can dab a little white paint to hide the red. Last little detail I added my cute starfish to one side.
STEP 3: ADDING THE BURLAP
Lastly, all you have to do is tie a piece of wide burlap fabric long enough to wrap it around the top of the wreath. No need to glue the fabric onto the shells. Just hang it over a nail on your door or whatever you like.
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