The weekends have been nice around the beach lately so we’ve been taking our dog down there to play. There always seem to be an abundance of nice, big, unbroken shells at Dog Beach (probably because you don’t see many little kiddos running around with their pails full) so I’ve been picking up the pretty ones and saving them for a craft. As most seashell decorations tend to not be my favorite, I wanted to create something that brought in my love of nature-inspired, textural elements.
I’m a collector of all notions crafty – when I head to a thrift store, discount store or garage sale (or even when someone does their spring cleaning and discards perfectly good items that could be repurposed!), I’ll take home things that I might not have an immediate need for and save them until inspiration strikes. Such is the case with this twig wreath, which I found discarded on top of someone’s trash. It originally had ugly, fake flowers not-so-delicately hot-glued on it which were easily removed to reveal a clean and natural base. The lotus seed pods were found at a thrift store mixed in a bag with preserved leaves for $2 (but you can find them at any Michael’s) and my reindeer moss is leftover from some Christmas projects. I wanted another textural component, so used my trusty 40% Michael’s coupon to purchase these interesting dyed and dried mushrooms.
While I think the addition of succulents would be gorgeous, I wanted something dried so that I could hang it, then store it away with the seasons. So grab a hot glue gun, get inspired by your findings and leftovers, and get creative!