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Project

Mussel Shell Wreath

This wreath is really dressed up for summer, thanks to a clambake's worth of mussel shells.

Materials

  • 80 clean shell halves
  • Glue gun
  • 10-inch double-wire wreath form
  • Ribbon

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Start by gluing shells between the wires, below, tucking the heel of each under the one set before it.

  2. Step 2

    Then attach two more courses of shells, one on each side of the first, arranging them in the opposite direction.

  3. Step 3

    Use monofilament to hang the wreath securely, and cover the cord with a ribbon tied in a decorative knot.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, July 2007

Reviews (12)

  • 1 Aug, 2012

    had mussel shells for wile waiting on plate to be used,pleased to find this ring and now cant wait to make,thank you for sharing grate ideas!!

  • 1 Aug, 2010

    I made this and hung it up on the door of my Boston apt today. It looks amazing! I collected hundreds of shells on a beach in Hull, MA this summer. I scrubbed the shells with bleach water and a toothbrush to make sure they were super clean. The key to making them look nice and dark and shiny as in the picture is applying mineral/baby oil at the end. I used a Q-tip to apply the baby oil, which also made the wreath smell nice. Posted a picture on facebook, tons of compliments already.

  • 17 Aug, 2008

    I made this wreath and hang it all year round at our house. We live Near Lake Huron, and our house is very cottagey. I used old round wooden picture frames of various sizes, painted then the navy blue black colour of the mussels, then hot glued the shells on. I also added a couple of faux pearls just for bling.

  • 30 Jul, 2008

    I think this is absolutely beautiful! And I live in Tennessee. Love shells of any kind. Can't wait to make this!!!

  • 28 Jul, 2008

    This may look OK in Maine or Massachusetts, but isn't the least appealing in the southwest!

  • 25 Jul, 2008

    FOR ME THIS IS NICE,PEOPLE WILL THINK THAT WE CANNOT ONLY THROW THE SHELL BUT IT HAS USE TOO,ITS VERY DIFFERENT AND NATIVE.WHO DID THIS?WELL SHE'S/HE'S SMART!!!!

  • 24 Jul, 2008

    THIS DOSEN'T EVEN LOOK GOOD IN SEA FOOD RESTAURANT!!

  • 24 Jul, 2008

    This is one of those projects that doesn't really work to well in practice -it's actually a bit grotesque!

  • 24 Jul, 2008

    I think it's an awesome design, but since I'm not in Maine, finding mussel shells would be a problem. Love the ribbon.

  • 24 Jul, 2008

    Awful.

  • 24 Jul, 2008

    hmmm, you're right....not the prettiest thing I've seen either

  • 24 Jul, 2008

    Really? You must be joking, that is hideously ugly