With the jersey shore only an hour and a half away I have spent a lot of my summers on the beach and we are fortunate that we have been able to do the same with our kids. Through the years we have collected a lot of shells and usually they wind up in a big bowl on coffee table but I have wanted to do something with them for a long time. A few years ago I saw clamshell wreath that Martha Stewart made and I was inspired to make one of my own. She used perfect looking identical bleached white clam shells. Now when my kids pick seashells at the beach we don’t always come back with the perfect seashell collection. They could be half broken or still have a half dead clam in them :). No one listens when I explain about picking the pretty shells…it’s more about filling their buckets as quick as possible to see who wins.
I went to AC Moore and bought a 12″ straw wreath form and some more glue sticks and we got to work. The kids helped me pick out the clam shells from the big shell bowl and we lined them up in size order.
I heated up my glue gun and got to work. I wrapped some green wreath wire around the top of my wreath so I could hang it when we were done. I started with the biggest shells first and then added the smaller ones to fill in the gaps and started glueing until we ran out of shells.
Five glue sticks later and the final product was done :). I hung it against the dark brown dining room walls and the color of the shells pop! Every time I look at it I smile and think about my kids collecting these shells and how sometimes imperfect things really are perfect!
I also made another shell wreath with some smaller shells I collected on our beach trip to Emerald Isle, NC.
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