{DIY} Shell Bouquet

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I have to admit, I’m a lover of alternative bouquets! I do adore floral bouquets, they are so beautiful and wonderful, don’t get me wrong. However, I love getting creative with items like brooches and buttons, and creating alternative bouquets with them. Previously on the bog I shared tutorials for a brooch bouquet, a button bouquet and a bouquet of rolled paper flowers. Today, I am sharing how to create a shell bouquet! I’ve been wanting to do this one for a while, and I’ve finally had the time to make one!

It’s fairly easy to put together. Here are the material you need:
Various Sizes of Seashells
18 Gauge Floral Wire-Natural
Glue Gun
Scrap Burlap
Jute Twine

I live in AZ, so seashells have to be imported! I found a great bag of mixed shells last summer, which I had left over from some other shell projects, so I had plenty of shells to use for my bouquet.

I chose the natural floral wire that I did because it is sturdy, and it is natural which is a better fit for shells, rather than metallic wire-IMO. Seashells are usually pretty heavy, at least the ones have, so I needed something to make sure the stems would hold up to the weight of the shells. If you have smaller shells, a thinner gauged wire might suit better, it’s up to you. For this bouquet, I decided to make 24 stems, you can make more or less, it is up to you.

Get the glue gun heated up, and simply get to work putting dots of glue onto the back of shells, and in the interior canals of others. At times I also put glue over the stems to help adhere better to the shells. After the glue was in place and the floral stems set tight to the shells, I let them sit for about 1/2 hour, just to make sure all was solid and firm.

I then gathered the stems into a nice arrangement, wrapped the stems with some leftover scrap burlap I had, then tied some jute twine to secure everything and make it a pretty little package. I love how natural the bouquet came together, and that everything holds up wonderfully.

Will you give a go at making a shell bouquet, or another alternative bouquet? Please share if so, we’d love to see your creations!

I hope this helped inspire you to be creative with unique twists to have for your wedding day! After the wedding, you can place the bouquet in a vase at home and make it a centerpiece that will remind you of your beautiful day.

Happy planning!

Labeled under: bouquet alternative, bouquets, burlap, DIY, seashells, shell bouquet, shells, twine
18 comments:

MarandaJune 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM
How beautiful! I want to make one so much. Thanks for the tutorial! <3

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Kristen {Savvy Deets Bridal}June 12, 2012 at 5:59 AM
Thanks, Maranda! Good luck if you do make one! 🙂

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ElliJune 13, 2012 at 5:18 AM
amazing !!i’ll do a post about your blog and your today turtorial !!thanx for sharing!is really awesome!!BRAVOOOOOO!!!!sooo beautiful!

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Kristen {Savvy Deets Bridal}June 15, 2012 at 9:39 AM
Aww, thank you, Elli! So kind of you to say!

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yarnmonkeyJuly 6, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Oh heck yeah. Getting married on the beach at the end of the month. SO making this. Thank you!

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Kristen {Savvy Deets Bridal}July 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Congrats!! Share with us how it turned out, if you like! Have a fabulous beach wedding!! xo

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Annabell ClarkeSeptember 1, 2012 at 5:29 PM
I tried to make one last nite 🙁
Maybe I need some bigger shells to break the cluster up a bit

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Kristen {Savvy Deets Bridal}September 2, 2012 at 6:14 AM
Hi Annabell, Try using the larger floral stems, like used above, and maybe do try with larger shells. I found the stems at Michael’s, and they really hold up to the weight of the larger shells and to the hot glue. A thinner gauged wire might be tricky. Good luck giving it another go!

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ElleDeeNOLAJanuary 6, 2013 at 3:20 PM
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ElleDeeNOLAJanuary 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM
Hi Kristen! I found your blog when searching for bridal inspiration. This tutorial was perfect for helping me make my bouquet which incorporated seashells for my destination beach wedding ❤

I have a little blog where I posted pictures of the process and finished product:
Here

Thanks for posting!

-Laura
ElleDeeNola.Etsy.com

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Kristen {Savvy Deets Bridal}January 7, 2013 at 6:07 AM
Hi Laura, oh thank you so much for sharing your bouquet with me! I’m so glad you found the tutorial helpful. Congrats on your recent wedding, and thanks again for coming back here and letting me know!

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AnonymousJanuary 23, 2013 at 1:04 PM
What are your thoughts about gluing them and then sticking them into something round (foam ball?) to give it a more rounded, wedding bouquet look?

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Kristen {Savvy Deets Bridal}February 17, 2013 at 5:25 PM
I think that would work! Might need to play around a bit. Give it a shot, and post back here if you created that! We love seeing what others created with these tutorials as inspirations! xoxo

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AnonymousFebruary 16, 2013 at 1:14 PM
Love this!! Im going to make these for my sisters beach wedding. Did you glue the burlap after you wrapped it around the bouquet? What a fantastic idea! Thank you for the great tutorial.

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AnonymousFebruary 16, 2013 at 7:36 PM
Also do the stems go all the way around or are they all foward facing? Thanks!!

Kristen {Savvy Deets Bridal}February 17, 2013 at 5:24 PM
Hi! So glad you enjoyed the tutorial! With the burlap, I wrapped it around, and did add a bit of hot glue to close it, then wrapped the twine around it for added texture, but to also further secure the bunch. Regarding the stems, I had them all forward facing here. You could make them display all around as well. You might find you need a bit more. The starfish would expose the stem, but if you did an all around facing bouquet, you could glue 2 starfish together, facing each other with their “tentacle” sides, and glued over the stem. Does that make sense? This bouquet above is now on my wall in my powder room, so that facing forward was ideal, and is something to consider when making this. How will this be displayed after the wedding?

Hope this all helped you! Let me know if you have further questions, and good luck!! xoxo

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Julia @ FaveCraftsJuly 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM
Hi Kristen, What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of seashell crafts! Check it out here: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/shell-crafts/

Have a great day!

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Kristen {Savvy Deets Bridal}July 11, 2013 at 3:40 PM
Hi Julia, Thank you so much! I just checked out your post! Thanks for linking up! 🙂

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