Coastal style is about creating a space that reflects your love for the ocean. With a sea shell wreath, you can easily create a stunning and unique piece of coastal art to grace your door or spruce up any room

Whether you prefer a minimalist design or a more extravagant display, this DIY project allows you to create a one-of-a-kind piece that speaks to your unique coastal taste.

What is coastal style?

Coastal style, sometimes called beach-inspired design, brings the feeling of the sea and shore into your home. It achieves this by combining elements that reflect the natural seaside environment. Coastal design emphasizes natural and woven materials, including light-colored woods, wicker, and rattan. It incorporates textured materials like jute, sisal, and natural fibers. The focus is on creating a sense of organic texture and depth that reflects the coastal environment.

For a true coastal feel, embrace a light and airy color scheme. The soft blues and greens will remind you of the ocean, while creamy beiges evoke the sandy beach. Don’t be afraid to add pops of color like turquoise or coral accents to mimic the vibrant hues in seashells.

Why is a sea shell wreath a perfect fit for coastal style?

Here’s why a sea shell wreath is a perfect fit for coastal style:

  • Natural Element: Sea shells are a direct reminder of the ocean and the beach. They bring a piece of the seaside environment into your home, embodying the essence of coastal style.
  • Evokes Tranquility: The sound of waves and the calming feeling of the beach are often associated with sea shells. A sea shell wreath can subconsciously evoke these feelings of peace and relaxation, adding to the serenity of a coastal-themed space.
  • Versatility in Design: Sea shells come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. This allows you to create a sea shell wreath that complements your taste within the coastal style. You can go for a minimalist design with clean white shells or a more colorful and eclectic look using a variety of shell types.
  • Textural Interest: Sea shells add a beautiful textural element to a wreath. Their natural curves and variations in surface texture create a visually interesting focal point, enriching the overall look and feel of your coastal décor.
  • Easy to Make: Shell wreaths are a relatively simple DIY project, perfect for crafters of all skill levels. It’s a fun inexpensive way to create a personalized piece of art for your home.
  • Coastal Charm: Seashells are the quintessential symbol of the beach. Hanging a shell wreath instantly injects a dose of coastal charm into your home, reminding you of relaxing days by the ocean.

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This delightful wreath is more than just decorations, it is a chance to capture the essence of the ocean and weave it into your everyday life.


  • 8-10 oversized white sea shells
  • 11-12″ circular wreath frame
  • 2 or 3 different designs of paper napkins
  • Matte Mod Podge
  • Gold paint
  • Blue Acrylic Paint
  • 2 Flat Artist paintbrushes
  • Pearl
  • 2″ velvet ribbon (sage or blue)
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Scissors
  • Sanding block

Step-By-Step Tutorial

You will want to remove the extra paper from your 2-ply napkin. It will make the napkin thinner like tissue paper and easier to work with.

Begin by selecting eight beauties. Next, lay a single, separated napkin (from step one) over each shell, ensuring it completely covers the surface with some overhang for the edges. Remember, Mod Podge will cause the napkin to shrink slightly.

Now, grab your artist’s brush and dip it into the Mod Podge. Carefully coat the inside surface of the shell. Gently drape the napkin over the wet Mod Podge and smooth it with your finger. Aim for a good bond between the napkin and Mod Podge, but be careful not to tear the paper. Let the shells dry completely before you move on to the next step.

Use a sanding block to remove extra paper from the edge of the sea shell.

With scissors, trim the extra paper around the shell. Next, use a sanding block to sand the paper off the edges of the shell.

Carefully, apply a top coat of Mod Podge to seal the napkin on the shell. Allow to completely dry.

Add a touch of elegance with gold metallic paint around the edges of the shells.

Paint the wood wreath frame in a blue color.

Paint the wreath frame in a color that coordinates with the color pallet. Here navy acrylic paint was used. A softer blue would work well too.

Before gluing, arrange your shells on the wreath frame to find their perfect spots. Once you’re happy with the layout, use a generous amount of hot glue on the back of each shell and firmly press it onto the frame. Hold in place for about a minute to let the hot glue set securely.

For a final touch of whimsy (optional), add a single pearl to one of the shells. A soft sage ribbon, tied in a graceful bow, now adorns the wreath frame, making it ready to be displayed with pride.

Coastal Sea Shell Wreath

Whether you choose a minimalist masterpiece or a vibrant explosion of textures, this handmade creation embodies the essence of the seashore.

DIY Decoupage Sea Shell Wreath in blue and white with a touch of gold and sage green ribbon.

Coastal style is about reflecting your love for the sea, and your sea shell wreath is the perfect way to express it. It adds charm to your space.

DIY Decoupage Sea Shell Wreath in blue and white with a touch of gold and sage green ribbon.

A touch of soft sage ribbon adds a touch of earthy elegance to the blue-and-white. The Soft sage ribbon perfectly ties the blue and white together for a cohesive look in this room.

The beauty of this shell wreath, it can be hung on the front door to welcome guests or anywhere in your home.

Hang your creation with pride, and let it transport you to the serenity of the beach every time you catch a glimpse.

May you feel the sand between your toes, sweet friend!

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