Making a Seashell Wreath: to preserve a holiday memory
Creating a seashell wreath is a great way of displaying those beachcomber treasures and it is the easiest of projects to complete. Not only will it serve as a nostalgic keepsake from your beach holiday, but it will also make a summery beach splash in your home.
Materials You’ll Need
- 16″ foam wreath ring A newspaper
- Clear drying craft glue
- About 10 metres of 1 ½ inch ivory ribbon
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- flat-head pins
- A wire cutter
- Spool of 24-gauge wire
- About 200 assorted seashells
- One small luggage tag and a fine-line marker pen
- Place the foam ring on a newspaper-covered surface. With the ribbon still attached to the spool, affix the raw edge to the top using a dab of craft glue and securing with three pins.
Pulling the ribbon taut as you go, wrap the wreath ring by threading it through the centre of the wreath, up and over, and applying a dab of craft glue to the back every four to five inches to keep it in place. Continue wrapping and gluing until the wreath is completely covered.
Snip the ribbon from the spool and glue the raw edge to the back of the wreath. Secure the ribbon with a couple of pins.
To create a loop for hanging, cut off a 24″ piece of wire, bend it in half and twist the loose ends together to create one 12″ doubled piece.
Pass the wire through the back centre of the wreath, twisted ends first. Wrap the wire up and over the top of the ring. Twist the ends together at the top of the wreath. Bend one end of the wire around your little finger; then twist it around itself to form a small loop.
Hot-glue large and medium-size shells to the front of the wreath, varying their direction. This is a bit like completing a jigsaw and my advice is to place the shell on to the wreath and see how it looks before committing to glueing it in place.
Glue the smaller shells to the inside and outside edges of the wreath. Fill any spaces by hot-gluing smaller shells to the exposed areas or, if necessary, on top of larger shells to create depth and interest.
Finally take the luggage tag and write on it where the shells were collected from and record the date. Glue the tag on the back of the wreath to serve as a reminder to you and your loved ones in years to come.
Hopefully, you will now feel inspired to capture memories in a nostalgic way and will take great pleasure in preserving the memoirs of your holidays.