How To Make A Clamshell Wreath

Shells make the perfect summer decorating accessory, especially in the summer! Come see how I use them to decorate our farmhouse and learn to make a clamshell wreath of your own

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.

Sharing how I made this simple Clamshell wreath for just a few dollars and shells I found on the beach!  #wreath #clamshell http://lehmanlane.net

Clamshell Wreath

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Supplies

-Straw wreath form (FloraCraft Straw Wreaths, 12-Inch Straw Wreath)

-Seashells (clamshells 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)

 

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.

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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.

Clam shell Wreath

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!

Shells make the perfect summer decorating accessory, especially in the summer! Come see how I use them to decorate our farmhouse and learn to make a clamshell wreath of your own

Every time I look at it I smile and think about my kids collecting these shells and how sometimes imperfect things really are perfect!

farmhouse summer tour

 

I also made another shell wreath with some smaller shells I collected on our beach trip to Emerald Isle, NC.

How to make a Seashell Wreath

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my clamshell wreath!

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4 thoughts on “How To Make A Clamshell Wreath

  1. Tara, you know what they say about great minds!! I’ve spent the past couple of day gluing oyster shells to a mirror! love your wreath and its perfect for summer!

  2. Oh, this project takes me straight to Summer which is perfect right now as we are experiencing Winter here in Australia! Will have to add this to the list for when Summer rolls around! Thank you for sharing!

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