Friday, June 7, 2013

Driftwood and Seashell Wreath

This seems to be a favorite among visitors to my home. Although I think it’s because it’s right on my front door so therefore, it’s the first thing you see when you walk in. This wreath is a favorite of mine too, but then again I think I say that about every project!

I started with this hoop I found at Michael’s Craft Store. The hoop was about $4, although I had one of their 40% off coupons, so it came out to just over $2. I wrapped the hoop in burlap because I knew some of it would be seen between the driftwood. And the hoop itself is some sort of harder form of cardboard. Very sturdy but not very pretty. 

I hot-glued down the first strip and just wrapped around the rest and hot-glued the other end. 

After, preserving my driftwood, which you can learn to do by checking out this tutorial here.  I evenly spaced out some pieces of driftwood and glued those down. If you start just lining them up right next to each other I have found that your circle starts to get crooked so I’ve found it’s best to work on the entire wreath at once. Once those pieces were glued I just filled in with more driftwood, glueing as I went until I was done. 

Lastly, I glued the shells. I just played around with the shells until I found a design I liked and glued them on. I glued a pearl in the middle that I also picked up at Michael’s Craft Store. I actually got a whole strand of pearls for .99 cents.

Nick and I toyed with several ideas on how to hang the wreath but decided a piece of twine would be the best way to hang it. We tied the twine around the hoop and knotted it, then we made an additional loop for the nail. 

You can see the twine in between the driftwood in this pic.

This wreath looks a lot more difficult than it was. And I'm glad my door is blue, because the color goes so well with the color of the shells!

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