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Shells + Wreath Project

We came back with lots of shells from our last Florida trip (as we usually do when visiting the ocean).  I wanted to put them on display but still be able to have my daughters touch and feel the different shells.  Shadowboxes are really wonderful but almost all of them have a glass front and can sometimes be pricey.  So I decided to make my own.  I bought an open frame (16″ x 20″) on clearance, some foam core board cut to size (needs to be sturdy), and black velour fabric to cover the foam core board.  This is how it came out…

Total cost for all material was $15.  What’s also great is that the frame is so light my daughters will be able to handle it (and no worry about broken glass).

I promised to share photo’s of the yarn wreath I made a few months ago and wouldn’t you know it, it completely slipped my mind.  Here it is hanging on our front door…

Wrapping the foam core wreath took FOREVER!  Randomly wrapping the yarn came out looking really messy and so I started over and opted to line each yarn fiber next to the other.  The flowers were made individually from felt and the letter B was added for our last name.

Images:  House of Many Hues

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4 comments

1 Minnie { 05.10.11 at 3:02 pm }

These two projects are lovely. The shell frame came out looking very elegant and, of course, it’s great that it’s so cost effective. A great way to display all the shells that my kids have been collecting on trips to the beach.

2 Kristina @ House of Many Hues { 05.10.11 at 11:13 pm }

Thank you Minnie for your kind words.

3 Lauren { 05.28.12 at 12:46 pm }

I know this post is a bit old but I stumbled across it on Pinterest and I just love the seashell shadowbox! How did you attach the shells to the velour/foam board?

4 Kristina @ House of Many Hues { 06.04.12 at 8:57 pm }

Hi Lauren,

I used standard craft glue that dries clear. I glued everything down and let it sit on its back for 2 days to make sure everything glued well.
Let me know if you have any additional questions!

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