Summer Soirée: How to make the prettiest Driftwood & Seashell Wreath

This week’s series of summer beach wreaths proves that good things come in threes. Today I share the first in a trio of summer wreath tutorials that bring the beach to you to enjoy all year long. If you’re lucky enough to visit the beach, be sure to collect bits of driftwood, pieces of sea glass, washed smooth pebbles and seashells so you can DIY these summer wreaths. But not to worry – these supplies are all sold in the craft stores, too.

Don't miss this trio of tutorials to make Summer Beach Wreaths with driftwood, seashells, sea glass and river rocks.Up first – how to make a Driftwood & Seashell Wreath.

This is a beautiful wreath!  Perfect for those summer vacation beach finds. Tutorial on To make a Driftwood & Seashell Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” half-round wreath
  • Driftwood, 4”-6” lengths (carried in craft stores and online)
  • Embellishments: Seashells, moss, dried flowers, other found items
  • Reindeer moss, green
  • Raffia for hanger
  • Low-temperature glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Needle tool or wooden skewer

To make a Driftwood & Seashell Wreath:

1. Arrange and glue pieces of driftwood in a circular pattern around the top of the wreath of STYROFOAM Brand Foam.

Detail on a Driftwood & Seashell Wreath.

Fill in your wreath with seashells and beach finds.

2. Fill in large gaps with larger shells and smaller gaps with smaller shells and glue shells in place.

3. Arrange a second layer of shells on top of the driftwood, using larger and more interesting shells. Add on other found objects.

4. Fill in any remaining cracks and spaces with green reindeer moss. Use white craft glue to attach moss and a needle tool to work the moss down into cracks.

5. Wrap a double strand of raffia around the top of the wreath to hang.

Have you noticed all of the home dec accents made with driftwood? It seems to be a hot trend right now. Are there any other recent trends you’ve noticed?

Decorating with driftwood is hot! Here's how to make a wreath with driftwood.

Have you noticed the trend in decorating with driftwood?

How to DIY a Driftwood & Seashell Wreath with your beach finds.

Driftwood & Seashell Wreath by Kathleen George.

While I’m thinking about beaches, many thanks to those who have entered this week’s giveaway and shared their favorite vacation memories. You have till Thursday night to enter the giveaway for the O’Neil sisters’ new book, Big Blast of Kid Crafts, a craft kit, and one of our craft aprons. I hope to hear from you!

You can win the book Big Blast of Kid Crafts by Jennifer & Kitty O'Neil. They're giving away three copies on of Bi

Tell me about your best summer vacation and you might win this book!

Happy crafting.


P.S. Join us tomorrow to make the Polished River Rock Mosaic Wreath.

Learn how to make all three of these summertime, beach-theme wreaths on timeo

On Wednesday, I’ll share the tutorial for the Polished River Rock Mosaic Wreath.

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12 Responses to Summer Soirée: How to make the prettiest Driftwood & Seashell Wreath

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  6. Now this IS thinking out side of the box 🙂 I’ve never seen beach shell wreaths before! I LIKE it… ALOT!!

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  8. Kitty O'Neil says:

    Wow, this wreath is so pretty! Makes me want to go beach combing!

  9. Angie Dyer says:

    So pretty! Would make a lovely reminder of a vacation to the ocean! So much better than putting sand and seashells in a fruit jar!

    • Sharon says:

      Indeed — why not display them where you can enjoy them everyday. I confess that I have a small jar of beach treasures — I need to collect a lot more before I can make a wreath. Thanks for stopping in, Angie. Sharon

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