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How To Make A DIY Seashell Wreath & Summer Mantel

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Decorate your mantel for Summer with a beautiful DIY seashell wreath. 

With just a few inexpensive items, you can create a beautiful summer mantel with a DIY seashell wreath. 

We are finally getting beautiful weather in New England! I thought I would share this fun Seashell Wreath and Summer Mantel. Although we don’t live by the beach, it doesn’t mean we can’t decorate as if we do, right?  

Also, when  I think about Summer I think of going to the beach and collecting shells, searching for driftwood, starfish, etc.

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If you’ve visited Our Crafty Mom before, you know how cheap  thrifty I am! I am always looking for ways to duplicate high end items on a budget.

I saw a beautiful seashell wreath at Pier One, but didn’t want to pay the price.

As a crafter, I always think, I can totally make that! I will show you how easy and inexpensive it is:

Supplies Needed For A DIY Seashell Wreath

  • Foam Wreath Base (Thrift Store $1)
  • 4  bags of shells (Dollar Tree)
  • Cordless Glue Gun – this is my favorite! 
  • Scrap fabric of your choice

I used muslin fabric which is like a linen material. It’s basically to cover the wreath base, but you also want something that looks summery, as you will see it. Cut the fabric in strips.

I actually don’t measure. If you just cut a small piece you can actually tear strips. It is much faster! See below:

Seashell wreath

Just wrap the fabric strips around the wreath. I only use a dab of hot glue at the beginning and end of each strip.  Once that is done, start hot glueing shells around the outside of the wreath working your way in.

You can add as many layers as you like. I wanted the outside of the wreath to show the fabric so I only did 3 rows, but this is totally up to you:

DIY Shell Wreath

I then hung it with a thick piece of twine over the mantel:

Seashell Wreath Tutorial

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Because I already had the fabric and glue, this only cost $5 to make! My favorite new emoji is the happy dance lady ??!  

Of course I couldn’t just put this beautiful seashell wreath up and not update the mantel with Summer decor! Here is the finished Summer Mantel:

Summer Mantel

I love the starfish garland that I used last year. It just says Summer to me. On the left side, I have a rope handle hurricane filled with shells and beach glass along with an antique mason jar filled with shells:

Hurricane with shells

On the right I added a couple of glass vessels with beach sand and stones:

Summer Mantel DIY

I love the beautiful blue Mercury glass votives that I picked up at Hobby Lobby last year for 50% off! The color is like beautiful sea glass. How great is this conch shell that I found at an antique shop:

Conch Shell Succulent

When I bought it, there was an air plant inside-which was so cool, but of course it died! Shows you what a great green thumb I have. I mean, how does an air plant die??

I figured a safe bet was to fill it with faux succulents, to give it a nice pop of color. I love it! For the hearth I changed out my pillow to this gorgeous Sunflower that you can find here

Summer Mantel Update

The blue orb is a DIY project from embroidery hoops. You see that beautiful demijohn? You know how expensive they are? Well, the really cheap jugs of wine look just like one if you take the label off.

The only problem is someone is going to have to drink all that wine ? In my opinion it is not great on its own, but it makes a great Sangria! Then you have a gorgeous bottle.

I hope you enjoyed this post and will stop by to visit again. Have a blessed Memorial Day weekend!

Summer Mantel 2016

You may also like these seashell crafts: 

Oyster Shell Mirror

Seashell Shadow Box Table

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I love the wreath. Shells definitely say summer. The whole vignette is so pretty and putting me in the mood to get my shells out.

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Friday 10th of June 2016

I love beach decor! It always brings summer to the house and makes things seem better! Thanks for sharing the tutorial for this beautiful wreath!


Saturday 11th of June 2016

Thanks Lorelai!

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