Wednesday, August 20, 2008

How To Make a Seashell Wreath

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Awhile ago I promised I would show you how I make my button wreaths and I just never got around to it....so sorry! I did make this shell wreath and it's made the same way except with shells instead of buttons!

You will need a styrofoam wreath form, ribbon or strips of muslin, shells or buttons (lots of them!) and a hot glue gun.
The first step is to wrap the ribbon around the wreath form and secure it a few times with a dab of hot glue here and there. For my button wreaths I ripped strips of muslin fabric and used that to wrap around the styrofoam. Either works fine because you won't really see it once you're finished.
The next step is to hot glue the shells (or buttons) on. Very easy just time consuming! Make sure the shells are going in different directions. I first added shells to the top and then added them to the inside and outside rim. Then I added small shells in the gaps to fill it in. I finished off my adding more shells on top to give it dimension.
To hang it you can just add a ribbon. If you prefer you can twist a piece of florist wire around the wreath and twist it at the top to make a little loop. Do this before you start adhering the shells so it will be hidden underneath them.

58 comments:

Angie said...

Ohhh Cindy...that wreath is awesome! I have tons of shells..so I am gonna try to make a wreath of my own this week! I think 6 pounds lost is a great start...pick up a 5 pound bag of sugar and see..that is alot of weight! Way to go!

~Angie

Susan said...

I love the seashell wreath. I'm going to try making one. Great directions!

Julie said...

I had a friend who used to go to craft shows with her shell wreaths and shell mirrors. Yours are unique too and just as beautiful.

I used Nutrisystem once when I was in mourning for my Mother and could not do anything but eat, watch TV and cry myself to sleep. I am sure it kept me from gaining 20 pounds ..but it sure was $$.

Blue Castle said...

What a beautiful wreath! I love how it looks hung up with the ribbon.

Joy of Frugal Living said...

I love the wreath. I've been wanting to make something like that for years, just keep "not getting around to it." Thanks for the inspiration!

Jennifer

Pink Slippers said...

I don't have any seashells in my home (and I live a couple blocks from the beach) but that wreath is so pretty I just might make one AND with seashells. Thank you for sharing the 'how'.
And 6 lbs. is GREAT!
Wendy

Tanya said...

I just love it! Wonderful!!

Great job on the weight loss! Keep up the great work!

Magpie Interior Design said...

Whew... that is a beautiful wreath!

Congrats on the weight loss! I have done Weight Watchers so i know how hard it can be! Keep up the good work!

~Stacy

Deb said...

What a pretty seashell wreath Cindy!

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Love the wreath, Cindy!!

Hang in there with the Live-it (oops, Diet) ~ in the past 3 years, I've lost 65#. I've NEVER gained anything back...just slowly lost. I've gone from 2X and 20's to 12's and 14's (which are now too big on me!)

~Blessings,
Jan

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

Great wreath,

I tired NS and did not like the food. I actually have 3 large boxes of the food in my garage now. I'll use it incase of emergency's if need be.

Ciao

Charmingdesigns said...

Your wreath is darling. I have a frame I would like to do. Thinks for the tips. Laurie

Lycklig said...

The wreath ist absolutely wonderful! Want to have such one too!!!!!!
Greetings
Gisela

southernbelle said...

Another great project added to my growing list of things I want to do. Cindy the wreath is gorgeous !!
Do you buy your shells at the craft
store? Congrats on the 6 pounds
weight loss....you go girl !!!
~~Mimi~~

BittersweetPunkin said...
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BittersweetPunkin said...

Thanks for the tutorial on the wreath Cindy...I have scads of seashells! Yours came out lovely!

Mary said...

The shell wreath is BEAUTIFUL! Congratulations on the weight loss -- six lbs. is great. My mom did Nutri-System years ago, and lost a ton of weight, so hang in there...
xoxo,
Mary

An Enchanted Cottage said...

Cindy, your shell wreath is fantastic!! Oh my gosh, I'd have never guessed you did that with a glue gun! And that Nutrisystem food looks pretty darn good!...Donna

A Romantic Porch said...

The wreath is SO cute. I need to use some shells that I have that way! Congrats on the weight loss! xo rachel

Jannet said...

Thanks so much for sharing this, I will try to make one!! Looks so chic! Jannet

Andrea said...

cindy,

Thanks for the tutorial of the shell wreath. Everything you make
comes out beautiful!

Congrats on the weight loss!

Andrea

Christina said...

That is the most fabulous wreath. It is a breath of fresh air to my soul.
My daughter is collecting shells from all corners of the house for this.

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

Hi Cindy,
That wreath turned out so pretty! I'm glad to hear that the NS food is good, someone had told me it was terrible, thats good to know and congrats on the 6 lbs.Your right it doesnt come off as fast as it used to.
Hugs~Kelly

Lady Dorothy said...

That wreath is beautiful. I like it even better than the button wreath!

Congratulations on the six pounds! Very good!

Cali Homemaker said...

That wreath is so amazing, I want it!!! I want to see the button wreath now.. is it on your blog? I'll have to go look! Thank you for sharing this. If only I had shells... :o) SOOO GEORGEOUS!

Mo said...

Yum! That pasta and asparagus looks scrumptious! Oh yes, and the wreath is awesome! Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

Judy said...

Congratulations on your 6 pounds. I know how hard it is to lose those extra pounds when you aren't as young as you used to be. You are doing fantastic. I love your wreath.

Dawnie said...

your blog is stunning. I love the wreath. well i also love the laundry basket-i should do that, it might force me to get my laundry in order!

lisa said...

Cindy ~

The wreath is beautiful. I have made lots of button wreaths but never one with shells. The NS food does look yummy. Congratulations on the 6 pounds that great news.

Lisa
www.palepinkandroses.com

cathy said...

That food looks pretty good. I love asparagus but have never tried it on the grill.
I'll have to try the seashell wreath. I live close to the ocean.

Cath
www.cathyscreations.com

fealize_eleanoer said...

hi Cindy...

i'm Sri from Malaysia...that wreath was really greatttt!!awesome ideas ;)

looking forward the next marvellous creation from u soon

:)

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

You did a wonderful job on the shell wreath, and it looks so pretty hung on your wall with the ribbon. Thanks for the directions on how to do the wreath...I can't wait to try it out, I think with buttons! :)

Gollum said...

That does it. I'm buying a glue gun! I used Elmer's to glue shells onto statues, and they are pinging to the ground like mad! :-) AND the shells make the statues look like they're wearing hair curlers.

kandice patrick said...

thanks so much for the tips on the wreath! it's so gorgeous :) i'm a long time viewer of your blog. thought i'd finally say hey. i'm having a giveaway stop by and check it out

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Cindy, Your wreath is really cute, very talented. I need to be doing the same as for as dieting. Keep it up....
Bonnie

Tara said...

Cindy


The wreath looks great...hmmm....I have so many shells from summer!

Creme de la Creme said...

Thanks for the tutorial! and hey, 6lbs is something to be proud of!! Good job!

judicreations said...

You are doing well with Nutrisystem. Your dinner looks very yummy too. I found it was when I was on it.
The shell wreath looks so pretty. I'll have to try it too.

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Cindy, that's so pretty! I've been doing South Beach, have you ever tried it? I really love that it's a healthy way to eat and I've had really good success. But I agree, it takes me much more work now to lose weight than it did a few years ago.

Manuela

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Cindy, that's so pretty! I've been doing South Beach, have you ever tried it? I really love that it's a healthy way to eat and I've had really good success. But I agree, it takes me much more work now to lose weight than it did a few years ago.

Manuela

laurie said...

At last-the instructions for the button wreath. I have been stalking your blog FOREVER, waiting for you to do this! So, you finally got me to leave a comment, because you did it! It looks easy enough (with your great directions), so I'm going to try it with some of those buttons I've collected. And, didn't you give some "button blog" names in one of your posts? I need to go back and check on that. Thanks for the directions. Laurie

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Hi Cindy, I stop here often but hardly ever comment! Thanks for the tips on the wreath...it's beautiful! I joined Weight Watchers in April and have lost 23 pounds. It HAS to come off slowly to keep it off! Congrats! And YES! Pick up that bag of sugar and carry it around...it IS A LOT!

Suzann said...

I adore the wreath. I am going to have to try to make one for myself.

Darlene said...

What a fabulous seashell wreath!! It is gorgeous and man I feel like I can smell the sea. I LOVE that!! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Thanks Cindy for sharing directions for the seashell wreath. I'll have to give that a try!!

I've been considering join Nutri-System too ever since Marie Osmond had such fantastic results. I just signed up - last night (on-line) - and am awaiting my shipment. I'm 48 (49 in October) and nothing has seemed to work for me lately. But man, the pounds do pile on slowly, but have not been coming off. So, I'll give this a try. I have my husband's support. I want to loose 30 pounds.

Good luck to you too. 6 pounds is wonderful. Look at it this way. . . it's better than 6 pounds ON!!

Blessings,

Sher

Southern Fried Gal said...

Hello! Stopping over from Kimba's. Love how your wreath turned out!

Joy said...

Beautiful wreath! I am very into seashells right now.. :)
Good luck with the diet! Your doing great.

its so very cheri said...

Cute...cute...cute...
I am also on the major diet plan. I don't know if you have considered the Wii fit but I really like it and can work out whenever. I've lost over 20-keep up the good work, it goes on easier than it comes off.

Kara said...

Your wreath turned out gorgeous! I love it with the starfish attached.

And good luck with your weight loss goals. 6 #'s is awesome!

mimi168888 said...

I love your wreath and I did it and made one. Not as big as yours but it's perfect me me..

Thank you Thank you for the great tutorial....

Nancy said...

I love your wreath and I am inspired to make one! We do not have Dollar Store near me-Michael's is the best I can do. I hope mine looks half as pretty as yours!
~Nancy

Love Teacher said...

I love the way you have decorated your home, that's so romantic.
Even i am feeling very good to comment on your blog.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your beautiful idea and instructions. My boys and I just made a wreath with shells collected at the beach. It's for my sister. She'll love it. And are you still eating well/losing weight? I've had great success with the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge and products.

Bree said...

It's tough enough trying to mimic your beautiful home , but now I have to burn myself with a hot glue gun to make 2 wreaths I adore everything you do with your home. You need to write a book so that I can just completely copy you. Good Luck on the diet!

Bree

Anonymous said...

How beautiful. We are on vacation now on Anna Maria Island, FL and shelling is going great. Thanks.
Kathy

Charlotte said...

This wreath looks absolutely amazing! I really like your work, it's so nice! :)

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Anonymous said...

I am obsessed with your seashell wreath! I'm going attempt to make one for my mom for Mother's Day. I'm not sure I will get it to look as great as yours but if I can pull it off it will be perfect for her beach house! Thanks for sharing the directions.
Lauren