Pottery Barn Inspired Shell Wreath

Hi Friends! Is there anyone out there that doesn’t love high-end décor? I love thumbing through all those decorator magazines. I’m sure most of us do, but you know what I love even more? Getting the high-end look for a fraction of the cost by creating it myself!

It’s totally okay if you don’t feel like you inherited the creative genes in your family. Find something in one of those magazines that inspires you and create your own version.

A bunch of my friends and I did just that. As part of our 4th Rock Your Knock Off tour, I’m sharing what I created for my front door for Summer.

I was inspired by this shell wreath by Pottery Barn:

Shell wreath by Pottery Barn

This wreath has been around for awhile and I have always wanted to make one similar for my front door. Here’s my take on this pretty seaside wreath:

Pottery Barn inspired Shell Wreath

Mine is a little different, but I’m pleased with how it turned out. It wasn’t hard to make at all!

Here’s what I used to pull this wreath together:

Pottery Barn inspired Shell Wreath

  • Various shells/pencil starfish
  • Sand dollars
  • sea glass
  • grapevine wreath
  • light gray paint
  • paint brush
  • hot glue gun/glue

Instead of using a burlap ribbon to hang my wreath, I decided to add texture with a little fish net I found at Michaels:

Fish net from Michaels

I started by dry brushing the wreath with this sample pot of Light French Gray paint by Behr (in flat):

Dry brushing the grapevine wreath with soft gray paint first will give it a washed look, perfect for a Summer shell wreath

Then I added the fish net with hot glue:

Fish net makes the perfect base for this shell wreath.

Then I started adding my sand dollars. I didn’t use as many on mine as were in the inspiration wreath because they were a bit pricey at $2 a piece. I already had the pencil starfish on hand, so I decided to use more of those instead.

How to make a Pottery Barn inspired shell wreath.

I live in a Beach town, so I was easily able to find the sand dollars loose at a local shop, but I did see them at Hobby Lobby as well.

The starfish are also available at Hobby Lobby and Michaels.

How to make a Pottery Barn inspired shell wreath.

I continued to arrange and glue everything in place. I found a good sized bag of the scallop shells at TJ Maxx for $8.

To add a fun finishing touch, I added a few pieces of sea glass. This bag of sea glass was at the bottom of a box of shells I bought at a yard sale for $2. What a nice surprise when I found it after I got home!

How to make a Pottery Barn inspired shell wreath.


How to make a Pottery Barn inspired shell wreath.


How to make a Pottery Barn inspired shell wreath.

I love adding beachy elements to my décor in the Summer!

I think this turned out pretty well. Thanks to Pottery Barn for the inspiration!

How to make a Pottery Barn inspired shell wreath.

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  1. Wow, that’s so pretty! I actually prefer yours. The fishing net was an inspirational idea and makes it a lot more dimensional and interesting. I just wish I was so creative! TFS

  2. I have to say, your wreath is WAY better than PB! Thanks for the inspriation!

  3. Once again Christy your knock off iis way nicer than the original! Love the fish net idea and the beach glass is perfect.

  4. Wow! I really prefer yours over PB. The fishing net was really creative and I think what made your wreath so pretty!

  5. I like yours so much better! The original was too busy. I wish I could have all of this pretty nautical decor like your girls but it would be pretty out of place in Kansas!

    • Thanks, Shanna! Maybe you could start a new trend! I never even thought about that. We’ve always had a lot of beachy décor in the stores around here, so I always end up with several beachy things in my house! 🙂

  6. I agree with Beth, lovin’ your wreath way better. I think the netting is the perfect touch! Just in time for summer!!!

  7. I prefer your wreath to theirs! It looks fantastic and I’ll bet it looks amazing on your front door! Pinning!

    • Thanks so much, Julie! It looks great, but my door is stained and I do prefer it against a white background. I don’t think I could convince the hubby that we need to paint our door to match my wreath though…darn! lol!

  8. Yours is better! The fishing net makes it rock!

  9. Very beach + summer. It really looks great and what an inspiration to add the net!

  10. I love this, Christy! It’s perfect for summer. And the little piece of fish net and sea glass give it just the right amount of texture and color. It’s better than the original!

  11. Ohh pretty Christy! I almost made a wreath (for tomorrow) but changed my mind. I LOVE yours and the fishing net is the perfect addition. 🙂

    • Thanks, Nancy! I know I could have used this for tomorrow! I also just did that shell basket I could have used for tomorrow. I think the shell crafts will be on hold for a while after that post lol!

  12. Christy this is gorgeous I think yours is so much prettier. You did an amazing job, I want this wreath so bad for my door!!

  13. Wow! Your wreath is gorgeous. I love your taste and style. Yours is so much better. I love the sea glass and variety of shells. Thanks for inspiring me. Pinned.

  14. Yours wins. : ) The fish net was a genius idea, and the starfish give it a much more light, airy, summery look. Excellent work again!

  15. Christy this is so cute! Now I have a idea for what to do with all the shells I have from our last beach trip. 🙂


  16. Maggie M says

    Your wreath is so much nicer than the Pottery Barn one. I love the fish net you added. Really beautiful:)

  17. Christy,

    I was hoping someone from this tour would make this wreath. I love it, so beautiful.

  18. Wow, Christy, this is absolutely beautiful and I like yours MUCH better than the original.

  19. I like yours much better. It allows some negative space and their shells are too uniform. The netting adds just the right touch.


  1. […] Christy from Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer encourages those who don’t feel like they’ve been gifted with a creative gene to instead find inspiration in home décor catalogs and recreate the items you love. That’s exactly what Christy did when she made this beachy seashell wreath inspired by Pottery Barn! There is so much to love about this wreath – the dry brushed paint that gives the grapevine a weathered look, the adorable fishing net that adds texture, the pretty pieces of sea glass that introduce a pop of color… It’s like having a little bit of the beach on your front door. Beautiful! […]

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