Sharing how I made this easy & inexpensive Clam Shell Wreath in less than an hour for just a few dollars with clam shells our family collected on our beach vacations.
My tutorial for making a handmade clam shell wreath can easily be substituted for any type of seashell you have collected from the beach.
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How to Make an Easy Clam Shell Wreath
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With the jersey shore only 1 1/2 hrs away I have spent A LOT of my summers on the beach & we have been fortunate to do the same with our kids.
Over the years we have collected a lot of seashells & they usually wind up in a big bowl on our coffee table that I have ALWAYS wanted to do something with.
However this year was different, I created a beautiful Clam Shell Wreath with a few on them 🙂
Supplies & Tools Needed to Make a Clam Shell Wreath
- Straw wreath form (FloraCraft Straw Wreaths, 12-Inch Straw Wreath)
- Seashells (clam shells or other shells) (Sea Shells Mixed Beach Seashells – Various Sizes up to 2″ Shells -Bag of Approx. 50 Seashells)
- Glue Sticks & glue gun (Best Hot Glue Gun (BONUS 25 GLUE STICKS INCLUDED) – Heavy Duty 20 Watt Rapid Heating Technology – 100% Safe – Energy Efficient – Perfect for Fixing Household Items, Arts & Crafts, & More!)
- Green floral wire (Paddle Wire 20 Gauge 4 Ounces/Pkg-Green)
Instructions for How to Make a Clam Shell Wreath
Gather your Supplies & Line Up your Clam Shells or Seashells
I went to AC Moore and bought a 12″ straw wreath form and some more glue sticks and we got to work making a clam shell wreath.
The kids helped me pick out the clam shells from the big shell bowl and we lined them up in size order. Largest to Smallest…
Wrap Green Floral Wire to Hang your Wreath
I wrapped some green wreath wire around the top of my wreath so I could hang it on the wall when when we were done.
Add your Seashells or Clam Shells to the Straw Wreath Form
I heated up my glue gun & got to work.
Start adding the biggest shells first and then added the smaller ones to fill in the gaps.
Keep adding your clam shells until you run out of room to add them.
5 glue sticks later and our clam shell wreath was done!
I hung it against the dark brown dining room walls and the color of the shells pop.
Every time I look at our clam shell wreath is makes me smile.
I love to think about my kids collecting these shells and how sometimes imperfect things really are perfect!
More Seashell Wreath Ideas
I also made another shell wreath with some smaller shells I collected on our beach trip to Emerald Isle, NC.
I made this handmade seashell wreath exactly the same way as I made our Clam Shell Wreath.
I hope this inspires you to do something with all the clam shells or seashells you might have laying around in your house.
Especially now that you see how easy it is to make a homemade seashell or clam shell wreath.
by Tara Lehman
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