Seaside Wreath DIY / Home Decor

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!

Seaside Wreath with Starfish, Gold Monogram and Eucalyptus - DIY Instructions by According to Amanda

Skill Level:

Beginner to Intermediate

Time:

1 Hour

Cost:

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!

Materials:

  • 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 with Starfish, Gold Monogram and Eucalyptus - DIY Instructions by According to Amanda

Seaside Wreath Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
    Seaside Wreath with Starfish, Gold Monogram and Eucalyptus - DIY Instructions by According to Amanda
  4. 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.
  5. Finally, I hot glued the gold monogram “M” onto the frame of the wreath.
    Seaside Wreath with Starfish, Gold Monogram and Eucalyptus - DIY Instructions by According to Amanda
  6. Voila! A Seaside wreath!
    Seaside Wreath with Starfish, Gold Monogram and Eucalyptus - DIY Instructions by According to Amanda

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!

8/10

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#Decorate my door with a bit of gold & a bit of the sea #wreath

A photo posted by Amanda (@accordingamanda) on Apr 7, 2016 at 7:59am PDT


Based in Toronto, Amanda is a full-time mom of 2 little monsters, creator and editor of the blog According to Amanda (accordingtoamanda.ca) and since that isn't enough to keep her busy she also manages her own marketing consulting agency, Amanda Mercier Consulting (amandamercier.com).

Comments

  1. This is beautiful!

    I’ve never been into wreaths but now that we have our “own door” (new homeowners lol), I totally see the appeal! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Melissa M Says: April 9, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Beautiful!

  3. nicolthepickle Says: April 28, 2016 at 6:20 am

    This is lovely. It has just the right balance to it.
    I am not crafty at all, and my attempt to recreate this would probably be terrible, but I think yours is perfect.

    • Thank you so much! You might surprise yourself with crafting! For me as much as I want it to be perfect the imperfections are what make me love it even more! Wreath making is a great way to get your feet wet maybe start there.

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