DIY Capiz Sunburst Wreath

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you our new Capiz Sunburst Wreath!

The Nester is hosting the "You Made a Wreath Out of What?!" linky party, which prompted me to think outside of the box about wreath ideas. 

Wreath Linky Party

While pondering what kind of wreath I could make, I took my mom shopping at our local West Elm. We found these awesome capiz shell garlands in the sale section ($5 each, marked down from $25 each), and my wreath idea was born!

First, I picked up a flat wreath form at Michaels for $2.99. Is it extremely cheap of me that I negotiated a dollar off the $4 price because it was chipped and dirty? I had to laugh at myself a little, but then again, every dollar counts! We're budget people around here. 

I sketched a line around the ring that ran through the center, so I could align my first layer of capiz shells to that line. This way we would have the sunburst effect I was going for, with the shells hanging off the outer edge of the wreath form. Then I got my hot glue gun and started to glue the shells to the form.

Thank you to my mom, who was very helpful with this project! She took on the tedious and repetitive task of cutting the string of garland from the capiz shells so I could use each piece individually. West Elm really makes some quality garland– there were many, many knots to undo. Thanks for helping, Mom!

Before I knew it, there was glue gun string everywhere.  About 20 minutes later, we had the outer rim finished and had begun the inner layer, which was aligned with the inner rim of the wreath form.

Another 15 minutes after that, we had all capiz shells glued to the frame. To finish it off, I glued a ring of capiz pieces around the center to cover the small holes in each shell that remained from their garland-y previous life.

Last but not least, I added a burlap bow as a nice contrast to the shiny finish of the capiz pieces. I especially love my bow because I used the burlap ribbon that was wrapped around my wedding bouquet. I love finding ways to reuse my wedding stuff!

Ooh, shiny!!

 What do you think?

Since I'm not really a frou-frou wreath person, the simplicity of it appeals to me. Everyone (aka my mom, dad and husband) seems to think it will have a nice second life as a mirror frame, so we'll see if I end up bringing it inside and adding a mirror to the center. For now it's a glimmering wreath that looks really great on our new glossy black front door!

*  Where did the weekend go? *

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