I’ve been dying to do a spring/summer wreath for my new house and I loved the colours of blue and white for a more seaside look. But how to make it pop?! So I accented it with a gold coral-looking fan and gold monogram “M”. Thus creating a unique beach themed wreath without having to revert to the expected nautical elements!
Beginner to Intermediate
In this project I reused an old wreath to cut down costs but the total cost of the project including a new wreath and wire (excluding glue gun) would be around $50-$60. Wreath making isn’t cheap but you can reuse the elements – so think of it as investing in your crafting hobby!
- Grapevine Basic 20″ Wreath (I think a basic drift wood wreath would look even better!)
- 4 oz Package of Ashland Preserved Natural Eucalyptus
- 1 stem of Lamb’s Ear
- 1 stem of gold fan
- 1 Gold 2 1/2″ Letter M
- White Ceramic Starfish
- 1 Stem of grass
- Green Floral Wire
- White Floral Wire
- Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
*** all materials purchased from Michaels Spring 2016 collection.
Seaside Wreath Instructions:
- Starting with an empty wreath, first set the gold fan as your base. This needs to be very firmly attached as all the other layers will sit on top. I used hot glue in three places and also used green floral wire to tie it down. I placed the fan on the bottom left quadrant in the 7 to 8 o’clock position.
*** I live in a very windy area so my wreaths take a beating. I don’t want to risk the heavy ceramic starfish falling off.
- Next layer is the eucalyptus. I found this to be the trickiest. I cut them down to approx 10″ to 12″ length and arranged 2-3 stems in a fan and then another 2-3 stems in a fan in the reverse direction. Once I was happy with the arrangement I tied them tightly with wire to keep their position and then used a ridiculous amount of hot glue to attach to the gold fan. I then used more green floral wire to attach it to the wreath frame.
- The starfish is quite heavy so I used white floral wire and tied it very securely on top of the eucalyptus and gold fan (You can subtly see the wiring on the 1st and 3rd starfish leg in the picture below). After I was finished with this I tipped it upside down and shook it to make sure nothing was moving or sliding.
- Next, I took a couple of sprigs of the green grass and 3 leaves of lamb’s ear to fill some holes. These were attached with hot glue.
- Finally, I hot glued the gold monogram “M” onto the frame of the wreath.
- Voila! A Seaside wreath!
According to Amanda… the verdict is:
This was not a difficult project but it is important to ensure the heavy starfish is firmly attached to your wreath. Lots of glue and floral wire does the job well! The only problem with this wreath style is that it is quite unbalanced. I need to investigate some weights that I can hide on the opposite side of the starfish. To save on costs, try to use existing materials you have around the house or from previous projects!
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