DIY Shell Garland

Well hello again! Didn’t I just see you yesterday? Yes I am posting again ya’ll and guess what? I broke out the shells again too!  My friend Kathy from Petticoat Junktion had a great idea for us all to come up with a fun project using shells. Now I just posted the perfect project for this challenge yesterday! I shared this fun shell wreath inspired by Pottery Barn that just screams SUMMER!

How to make a Pottery Barn inspired shell wreath.

Pottery Barn Inspired Shell Wreath

So for today’s project I had to think what I could possibly come up with to share with you today and I think I did okay…

How about a shell garland to Summerify your mantel?

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

Oh yeah!

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

This is so fun on my mantel and adds an instant touch of Summer. I swapped out a few items from my Spring mantel, but decided to keep the boxwood wreath and the other greenery. I like it mixed with the coastal elements.

I started with this garland that I purchased at a craft market years ago:

Starfish Garland

I loved it at the time, but it never looked right no matter where I hung it. You can find similar ones at Michaels.

So I gathered a few more things…

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

  1. 1. Scallop shells from TJ Maxx (left over from my shell wreath)
  2. White flat primer (I didn’t use the white spray paint behind it.)
  3. Twigs from my neighbor’s yard
  4. Starfish Garland (Michaels sells one similar)
  5. My ex husband’s fine fishing line
  6. Scisssors
  7. Scallop shells from #1
  8. Drill with tiny drill bit
  9. My son’s shell collection

I started by drilling holes in the larger shells. These were shells my oldest son had collected, but we just had them on display in a bowl on our table outside. Now we can see them all the time!

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

Then I tied them on with fishing line:

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

Next I found these branches and cut them into about 4″ pieces. Then I drilled holes in the center of each. Be sure to use a piece of scrap wood underneath:

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

I white washed them next by spraying them with the primer and quickly wiping them with a dry rag.

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

Then I tied them on also using the fishing line:

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

And finally I drilled holes in the scallop shells…

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

And added them here and there too. I added everything while the garland was laying on the table. It might be a better idea to add all the elements while it is hanging to better see what you’re doing as you go.

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

Since I have slate tile on my fireplace, I used command hooks to hang the garland, by laying them flat on top of the mantel:

Shell-Garland-15

I am loving my new ceiling too!

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

 

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

The little sail boat came from HomeGoods.

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

I would have preferred driftwood instead of my neighbor’s sticks, but we don’t get much of that here on the east coast.

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

 

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

 

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

 

Make a shell garland to add a splash of Summer to your decor!

I also shared this beachy basket makeover not too long ago:

This thrift store basket was easily updated with a little spray paint!

Beachy Basket Makeover

Want to see more fun ideas to spruce up your décor using shells?

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I think I’ll lay off the shell projects for a while…maybe. 🙂

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Comments

  1. Oh my gosh, I am in love with your mantle! The garland, the sign… it’s gorgeous!

  2. Maggie M says:

    Love your shell banner, but isn’t is heavy? I’d be afraid it would fall off the mantle. Very beachy, especially with the shell wreath you made 🙂

  3. Love it Christy, you always have the greatest ideas! I’m going to share this and your coastal wreath with my sister who is currently decorating a guest room in a coastal theme.

  4. What a super fun summery mantle Christy!! Love it…and how smart to use the command hooks!! Love those things! 😉
    xo
    Nancy

  5. WOW….so beautiful! Great step by step tutorial too!

  6. Thanks for the tutorial Christy. I was trying to figure out how to make a garland with my shells and never came up with a good plan. Now I know what to do. I have to get some starfish though. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I am IN LOVE with this so much. The entire thing is beautiful and the garland is only the icing on the cake!

  8. Oh Christy that is SO cute! I love your mantel… you’re definitely ready for summer!

  9. Christy, I am in love with your entire summer mantel! The garland looks fantastic against the slate, and I think it was very clever to whitewash the sticks! Pinning and sharing on FB!

  10. This is too cute! I had a garland like that too and pulled it apart. Hmmnn Now I think I’ll start putting it back together! LOL.. As always..you created a super project!!

  11. Oh, Christy! I love the garland and your wreath is prettier than Pottery Barn! Fun touring with you. XXOO Christy

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