Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. As soon as we hit summer I begin counting down the days to Pumpkin spice everything, cozy scarfs and the brisk winds of change.
But that doesn’t mean I’m about to compromise my fun coastal flair style and trade in my beloved seashells for acorns – that’s not my style. So if you are in the mood for something a little different this year, follow along, I’m going to show you how I made this fun fall seashell wreath!
- 20″ Wreath form (Foam or Grapevine)
- Glue Gun
- Sea shells in a fall hue
Pick a Form
First, you need to decide how big or small of a wreath you want to make.
This may depend on the wreath forms available to you. You can buy this grapevine wreath form online in any shape or size you need.
A great money saving hack for wreath making is to go see what is available at your local thrift store! You can find old wreaths for usually $1-$2 and just pull off the old foliage or whatever decorations it has on it.
In the case of this wreath, I found this awesome bare wicker wreath (similar to grapevine) at a second hand store that I thought would be perfect. It’s nice and big, and so sturdy I don’t have to worry about my heavy shells warping its shape.
Organize your layout
Next, Annie get your glue Gun! Get her nice and hot and have lots of backup sticks at the ready.
While the glue gun is heating up, lay out your shells how you will want them on the wreath.
I sorted mine by size and color so I was working from 3 different piles of shells for each layer of the wreath.
My Wreath has 3 layers:
The bottom inside layer is made of the darker and smaller shells.
The bottom outside layer is made of the darker and larger shells.
And the middle top layer has the prettiest, medium sized shells. Since this layer wouldn’t be hidden by other layers I wanted to make sure the most beautiful colors were front and center.
I lucked out in that these pretty Scallop seashells were actually leftover from my wedding, so I didn’t need to buy any. I used about 15-21 shells per layer (3 layers).
The dark browns and deep purples and pinks of these shells reminded me of a beautiful fall sunset, so I chose to make this my fall wreath. Though if I’m being honest, this thing turned out so pretty I will probably leave up year-round!
Some other fun fall colors to look for include coppery orange and vibrant yellows would be easy shell colors to find that would make a beautiful fall themed wreath.
You could also spray paint white shells in any color you choose, or keep it white and neutral.
These come in packs of 12 and 25, so you will need a few if you want to do 3 layers. But a single layer would look great too!
Glue down the seashells
Once your organized, and the glue gun is hot your ready to start gluing down your shells!
I started with the bottom layers, and reinforced them with lots of glue! Make sure they don’t wiggle.
Keep in mind that if your wreath will adorn your front door it needs to be sturdy enough to withstand the opening and closing motions of the door. And seashells can be awful fragile, so glue glue glue!!
Once you have glued down your final top layer, feel free to add an anchoring shell or starfish to the top.
Hang it up!
Wrap some sturdy twine around the top of the wreath form to make a loop that you can hang on a hook or nail.
That’s it! You’re done!
Hang your beautiful fall seashell wreath up for all to see and enjoy with your Pumpkin Spice Latte!
Love a good DIY wreath? Check out this wreath I made from Bay Leaves!