5 Materials
4 Hours

I feel blessed to be living by the coast, so to substitute for fall leaves, I pick sea shells from the beach all year round! I decided to pull out my collections of shells to create a coastal fall wreath.
Essentials you will need:
40 to 50 sea shells
1 star fish
Foam wreath form
Glue gun
White spray paint
You can pick any shells you want, but I wanted similar shells adorned with one star fish. I washed the shells with lemon water. Let the shells dry completely
Glued the shells in all different directions on the foam wreath. I flipped the wreath over to glue the remainder of the shells. If you noticed that the shells are tint of red, you can dab a little white paint to hide the red. Last little.detail I added my cute star fish to one side. Because my foam was green I had to spray paint the other side white.
Lastly, all you have to do is tie a piece of wide burlap fabric long enough to wrap it around the top of wreath. Just hang it over a nail on your door or whatever you like.
For more coastal projects:
Oyster Shell Candle Holder:

Suggested materials:

  • 40 to 50 sea shells  (Beach)
  • Star Fish  (Hobby Shop)
  • Glue Gun  (Craft Store)
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  • Donna
    on Sep 9, 2016

    You said you washed the shells in 'lemon water'. Why? Does this bleach the shells? What is the concentration of lemon to water you used? Thanks

    • Janet Fletcher
      on Nov 27, 2016

      Sometimes you can also find a lamp with a clear glass base that can be filled with whatever you want. One filled with different shells would be nice. Or even glue small shells around the top and:or bottom of the lampshade.

  • Celia S
    on Sep 23, 2016

    How did you do this and not have it so heavy? I have tried in the past and it's way too heavy to hang up. thanks.

  • Karen Hobbs
    on Dec 4, 2019

    how does one glue shells onto anything? just around the edge, or as a filler? I tried on a mirror and had to attach pieces of cardboard first to have a flat surface

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  • Lynn
    on May 19, 2019

    If you don't like using Styrofoam wreaths, try a grapevine wreath!

  • Eliza
    13 minutes ago

    Like to door a huge one like 6 feet for garage door which we never open & it faces another street along with our

    rose garden. Better start looking for sales at Michael's for bags of shells...🐚

    Would force me to paint the garage door as well with fresh coat of off white paint .

    Just got another slats of foam core board atop shutters...and add the shells to that...purely seasonal then would be forced to paint the shudders later.

    Eliza 🌹

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