How to Make Beach Cottage Seashell Wreath ~ Nautical Coastal DIY Craft Good Life Wednesday

Wed 12th, Oct, 2011

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I have been making a few things in this old cottage…I am anxiously awaiting our builder to start the front deck and I have been thinking about how I will decorate it when it is finished…one of the things I want hanging on my new lovely nautical / coastal door (what is one of those anyway ;-) ) is a wreath…and not just at holiday time…I have been hunting for a seashell one for a while and seen them in quite a few places but all of them were very over the top…absolutely plastered in too many shells and starfish and some had netting etc…

Though I did see one I loved…at nearly $200 though I put it back pretty quickly…I mean really?  Who buys that anyway?



So as usual, if I can’t get it or they are not in my budget I have a go myself…



It’s so easy to do really…just grab a wreath and hot glue some shells on…



I used a piece of old fabric from my stash for the tie, I wanted this to look kinda rustic and nautical and laid-back coastal, so I just ripped it up so that the edges were frayed and just pinned it to the door…this is the old door around the back of our garage…I never quite could muster up the courage to paint it white…I love the faded old sunbleached aqua of the blue…



I hope you like it…it’s my Good Life thing this week… seaside crafting ;-)   …I am working on more, not sure why but I am feeling very crafty right now…Mr BC reckons I’m always like that….

See you beach gals later




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48 Responses to “How to Make Beach Cottage Seashell Wreath ~ Nautical Coastal DIY Craft Good Life Wednesday”

  1. cheryl says:

    i love your photos and the wreath!
    thanks so much for hosting today.

  2. Nicole says:

    have been making these for many years for gifts and around my house. we have one at christmas on the door as well

  3. Barefoot Liz says:

    Love the idea of that wreath! I’m not sure if I would put shells on it. Maybe a fake starfish, instead.

  4. Tiff says:

    So glad you didn’t ‘whiten’ the door . . . it’s charming just as it is :)

  5. Kirsty says:

    Love it! Nicely done! I love the door too! So pretty.

  6. brandi says:

    Your wreath is gorgeous, Sarah! I love the rustic simplicity of it. thanks so much for hosting!!

  7. loulou says:

    Hello Sarah

    the bleached look just has that special look doesn’t it.

    the door is a treat too :)

    thank you for linking up with you party today – I think I owe you a bottle of bubbles the amount of great parties you can throw :)

    have a relaxing day

    x loulou

  8. first I have to say, I love that faded aqua blue door!! perfect beach colour! so happy you didn’t paint it white!
    Secondly, love the wreath!! perfect with the drift wood and shells!
    It must be that time of year, I have been feeling really crafty myself!

  9. Love, love, love the color of your door and the seashell wreath!

  10. love the wreath! but I really love the color of your door!

  11. andrea says:

    Thank you for hosting and your driftwood wreath is simply beautiful. andrea@townandprairie

  12. Great wreath-crazy what people will spend out there. We fugure we’re about a week away from a front door and i’m ready to decorate.

  13. Grace says:

    Oh, don’t you ever paint that door…it is lovely!!!

  14. Alima says:

    LOVE that blue door! I wouldn’t paint it either!
    I’ve been feeling craft lately too – been sewing up a storm. Wonder what it is?

  15. Kat says:

    Love the wreath, but love, love LOVE the door even more!!!!
    Ah be still my heart, that is THE perfect beachy colour!
    Hm, might have to invest in a glue gun and make one of those wreaths myself sometime.
    Where did you buy the actual wreath, as it looks nice and sunbleached – perfect for a seaside cottage. :)

  16. Sarah! The blue door is magic!


  17. carla says:

    I love it…..gonna give it a go for sure ;) BTW also love the colour of the door, can you remember what the colour is called? xx

    • sarah says:

      nope, the door was that colour when we moved in…about the only nice thing in the whole place that didn’t need to be slapped in white lol!

  18. Kerry Rossow says:

    Could you hop across the pond and paint my doors!?? Super love that color!
    Thank you for hosting!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

  19. Robyn says:

    Wreath looks great! I have to say I agree with you on the blue dooror though – it’s a gorgeous colour and very eye catching against the white.

  20. Carli says:

    Looks awesome Sarah. I would love to make something similar myself for Christmas.

    Where did you get the actual wreath?

    I have a hard time finding that perfect bleached wood in items anywhere. I suppose I could always white wash one….

    • sarah says:

      I have had it for a long time….you can easily make one though and white wash, I made a similar large one..sticks and hot glue gun x

  21. Alice says:

    Sarah I LOVE IT!!! I have been looking for one just like it…NO joke! It is gorgeous! BTW I’m so glad you did not paint that door white…. It is so coastal as it is that white would take it away the coastal vibe it is sporting…. I love that shade of colour(aqua)… I have been thinking the same thing and making my own…. It’s on the long to do list lol

  22. thefreckledminx says:

    Did you make or buy the drift wood wreath as I’m reading bought and then added your own bits? If you did buy it can you please tell me where as it would be perfect for our holiday house.

    • sarah says:

      I have had it ages, I bought it, it usually lives in the Christmas box, very easy to make though, I made one similar…much bigger and just a single strand not layered up….just hot glue them together, that’s what I did and it’s been outside for a long time and doing well…x

  23. Oh your photos & wreath are amazing!!! LOVE IT! Thank you so much for hosting this lovely link party. This is my first time joining in, very excited about that. :)

    Hugs from Los Angeles,

  24. Promise me you will never paint that door, I love it!!

  25. LOVE the simplicity
    love that door- the colours work gorgeously together don’t they!

    Always wise to hold back on the white every once in a while for a little *moment* like this….

    I’ve always wondered about the front of your little cottage- think i’ve sent you a message about this before…looking forward to seeing what you are creating!

    Melissa x

  26. Really lovely wreath. I don’t find much driftwood near me.

  27. sibylle says:

    this wreath looks adorable!

  28. betsy says:

    Any chance you can take a close look at the wreath and tell m how they secured the driftwood? I’m actually after figuring out how to make a wreath using driftwood. Thanks!!

    • sarah says:

      the one I made (single layer) I just layed out the driftwood and glued it together…just make sure you use light enough pieces of wood…


  29. Christie says:

    Lots of wreath questions. Did you start with a purchased wreath to use as the base ? Or was the whole thing made from driftwood. If you were to do one again …. would you a) make everything from driftwood ? B) Buy a white or natural rattan wreath and paint it ? OR C) Buy a flat metal wreath base and fill it up with drift wood ?

    I fell in love with one is a darling shop in Laguna Beach, California. It was huge. Full of succulents, shells and driftwood. Well over $200. I bet it would be worth it to a lot of folks if they really loved it, ya know ?
    Thanks. ~ Christie

    • sarah says:

      hmmm in my world $200 is too much for a wreath :-)

      I would do any of your options, the metal one would be sturdy though the one I made I just used the actual driftwood to make the base by sticking the bits of wood together with hot glue


  30. Kahli says:

    Thanks for hosting! What a lovely wreath!

  31. pamq says:

    Love the wreath!

    And your door!

    Please, please, please, do not paint it white!!!

  32. alison says:


    I looked right past your lovely wreath and the pretty aqua colour. That door took me straight back to my childhood. The door’s timber slats, the keyhole and the door knob. Is the doorknob really wobbly?? I can remember how that door feels and sounds.


  33. A beautifully beachy wreath! I also absolutely adore the colour of your door. Thanks for hosting the party too!

  34. Melissa says:

    love, love love your door!

  35. Sara says:

    I’ve never commented before, but looking at this door and wreath my head was once again screaming “I want your house! I want your house! I want your house!”…I am yet to see a post I don’t love, or an object youve created that didn’t hit the mark. Good on you for using your creative mind to make so many unique things for your home that make it unlike any other (but just like the one many of us dream of!) X

  36. I absolutely love the blue door!!! And the wreath!

    I found your wonderful blog by typing „beach blog“ into Google and fell in love with the BC immediately! So much that I spent the last two nights browsing the entire blog. I rarely do that, but some blogs are just too awesome to miss even one single page! I did not actually read everything but I made it through all 125 pages and enjoyed the wonderful photos. I love how you managed to transform that old junk house into a precious pearl!
    I’m officially addicted now and and look forward to seeing more of your amazing work and creativity and the beautiful impressions of the beach and area you live in. Your pictures help brighten my mood in this upcoming cold season.
    Sarah, you are truly inspiring!

    XoXo from good old Europe ;)

  37. khursten says:

    NEVER paint that door! It’s amazing!