As part of this week’s Summer Soirée celebrating beach crafts and coastal home décor, I have the second installment in our mini-series of summer wreaths. When I travel, I often pocket a few rocks as mementos, so I really appreciate this Polished River Rock Mosaic Wreath. Don’t you want to reach out and touch the smooth, worn pebbles? If you don’t have plans to collect your own rocks, not to worry, you can shop for them, too.
To make a Polished River Rock Mosaic Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” half-round wreath
- River rocks, about 2 lb. (Kathleen purchased hers at a dollar store)
- Lightweight spackling
- Acrylic craft paint in tan
- Mod Podge, matte finish
- Seashells, moss, dried flowers, other found items
- Raffia for hanger
- Low-temperature glue gun
- Tools needed: Small natural sponge; disposable container; spatula; 1” soft flat brush
To make a Polished River Rock Mosaic Wreath:
1. Glue river stones onto the front and sides of the wreath of STYROFOAM Brand Foam using low-temp glue. Glue stones as close together as possible, and use a mix of light and dark, short and long. To create a smoother surface, press the larger rocks into the foam wreath. (Note: The stones will appear farther apart once the spackling is applied.)
2. Mix a small amount of tan paint with a half cup of acrylic spackling in a disposable container. Using your fingers, apply small amounts of tinted spackling between the stones, filling in the gaps. Wipe excess spackling from the stones as you work.
3. When all of the gaps and cracks are filled, wipe remaining spackling from the stones using a small, damp natural sponge. Rinse the sponge often. Don’t forget to clean the sides of the wreath, too.
4. Put the wreath aside to set up for a short while. Then repeat the sponging until the stones are completely clean before allowing the wreath to dry thoroughly. Do not wait until the spackling is completely dry because it is difficult to remove the film from the stones at this stage.
5. Brush on Mod Podge to set the surface and to enhance the colors of the stones. Let dry.
6. Arrange and glue on gathered shells or other natural items.
7.. Wrap a double length of raffia around the top of the wreath for hanging.
Here are a few more variations on this theme.
Don’t miss the Sea Glass Mosaic Wreath on tap for tomorrow.