Crafts Summer

A Coastal Inspired Shell Wreath

Coastal shell wreath made from mussel shells
Living by the sea, we are spoiled with delicious seafood year round, clam bakes, and the ability to go clamming and crabbing around town. It’s no wonder we always have a plethora of empty shells I like to hoard for rainy day projects. Today while my son was at summer camp, my daughter and I made this mussel shell wreath. The shells glistens in the sun and remind me of a school of fish swimming in the ocean. This wreath can be hung on the door or even used to surround a glass hurricane candle lamp on the picnic table.


Supply List:

  • A 12 inch diameter flat Styrofoam wreath
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Mussel shells (cleaned)
  • Garden Twine
  • Scissors

Begin by hot gluing the end of the burlap ribbon to the Styrofoam wreath and wrap it all the way around the wreath. Overlap the beginning of the burlap ribbon, cut the end, and glue it into place.

Cut an 8 inch length of garden twine and tie it around the wreath. Hot glue the twine to the front of the wreath to keep it from shifting.


Glue a line of four or so mussel shells across the wreath like so. Be sure to keep the fatter ends of the shell up. Tuck the next row of four shells under the fatter ends of the shells that have already been glued onto the  shell wreath.


Continue around the entire wreath fitting the shells together like a puzzle.
The wreath comes to gather in no time at all and can be used year round.  Mine tends to move around from the covered front door, the kitchen table or even on the patio when we entertain.
Thanks to Real Simple Magazine for sharing and including my wreath in their recent article. 
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest

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