|Written by debra sharpton|
Do you remember all the sea shells that were picked up during your vacations? This article will teach you and give you some ideas on how to incorporate all these tiny, and sometimes large, treasures into a beautiful keepsake and a project everyone can help with.
You will need floral wire, glue gun and sticks, a 10" or 12" Styrofoam wreath, and all your vacations treasures you are going to use and a spray can of polyurethane for the finished product.
First, seperate all your shells into groups of size, and color and which ones you want to use as center pieces. Began with your biggest shells, (mine were always scallop shells), making indentions into the center of the styrofoam just enough to hold the shell into place, now use your glue gun to place it securely. Do this until you have gone all the way around the wreath. Then all you do is is start filling in the empty spaces as you like. If you find you are running short on shells, don't panic, walmart or your favorite hobby has them by the bag full.
Your wreath is going heavy so make sure you use 2 pieces of floral wire and pick the center of your wreath to feed the floral wire thru so you can hang it up.
After finishing all of the above, take your spray can of poly and put a good coat of clear to preserve your shells and make all the colors come alive. Be sure and let the wreath dry completely, maybe overnite, before applying another coat.