I’m a collector of many things and one of those things is shells. I can’t resist picking up shells when we are visiting British Columbia. Over the years I’ve collected so many in different shapes, sizes and varieties. Usually they are just stored in a basket on the deck. But after awhile even the basket gets full and you can’t appreciate the shells. This year I decided to make a shell wreath out of them.
The first task was to sort the shells in different types and sizes. I’ve got mussels, scallops, clams, periwinkles, hornshells, mudflat snails, limpets, oysters and more. Then came the part of gluing them onto a wreath form. The wreath forms came from Dollarama and were 3 sizes for for $4.00
It was just like doing a jig saw puzzle in trying to fit them together. Starting with one or two of the larger ones glued into place I then started fitting and gluing the others into place.
Sometimes they overlapped and sometimes they butted up against each other. It wasn’t the type of project that you could put them in place and then step back and take a look and think that one shell would look better some place else. They had to be glued into place as I worked my way around the wreath form.
Once all the main shells were in place it was time to hold it up and look to see what parts of the wreath showed through and then it was time to fill in the spaces. Sometimes it didn’t matter if the shell was cracked or a bit broken as it could be fit under another shell.
I had so much fun making the large shell wreath I also made a medium sized one and I have enough shells left over to make a small one.
Now I just need to decide where to hang the wreath. I know the middle sized one is going to be a gift, for someone who loves shells. I’ve been trying them out on one of the cupboard doors where you can notice the difference in size.
Shells have been used to create other crafty projects for the home and garden. A couple of years ago I turned some of the big shells I had collected into shell candles. This was a fun project to make.
I also have a shell dangler handing in the garden. (others are here) This was made several years ago, and not from BC shells but shells collected from other places. Here it is on a snowy day in the garden along with some other winter whimsy.
I did cheat a little bit and bought a mixed container of smaller shells from the dollar store to use to fill in the small spaces. I made sure I bought shells that looked like they were found on the beaches of BC and not exotic looking shells that obviously come from tropical climates. On our next trip I’ll be finding shells to replenish my collection.
I’ve made many different types of wreaths over the years. How about you … do you make wreaths?
- bumbershoot wreath
- button wreath
- cork wreath
- heart wreath
- hosepipe wreath
- little wreaths
- mini wreath
- pinecone wreath
- rake wreath
- shell wreath
- wire wreath
Some other shell crafts: