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. 

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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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  1. Oh, I love that! You're such a smarty pants! Great job! Found you via DIY by Design. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn

  2. This is beautiful!! Classy, not trashy like my tights! Love it!

  3. Oh this is so pretty! What a great idea!

  4. Very pretty! I like how sparkly it is against the black door.

  5. Very unique and very pretty! Thanks for sharing.

    Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl

  6. Your wreath is beautiful! Very original!

  7. Wow!!! Found you through nester's tweet. Gorgeous!


  8. This has to be the most spectacular "simple" wreath I have seen - dreamy! Hoping we have a West Elm in Charlotte.

    xoxo michele

  9. What a completely adorable wreath ~ I love it!

    Have a Happy Labor Day.

  10. That is just down-right gorgeous!

  11. That's beautiful - I really love the shimmer!

  12. Absolutely gorgeous. And when you're done with it as a wreath, you can add a mirror and get all glammed up mirror mirror on the wall with it. Great reuse of materials!


  13. This is my kind of wreath! I'm seeing it on my Christmas mantle! Found you through Nester's party!

  14. Hi,
    Just found your blog and this wreath is incredible!!!
    New follower for sure...

    Hope you aren't close to any of the fires here in TX.

  15. I'm not a big wreath girl either, but I'm totally loving this one!! It caught my eye on pinterest. Nice job!

  16. Hi, I love your wreath! In fact my friend and I each made our own last night :) The capiz shells are rather delicate and we were wondering what you used to affix the bow so that it didn't damage the shells.

    Thanks for sharing your creative process!

  17. @Jennalynn

    Thanks, Jennalynn! I used hot glue to attach the bow. I eventually took the bow off and brought some of the capiz shell with it, but I kept some extras around for touch ups. They are definitely fragile little shells!

  18. Just found this today - BEAUTIFUL! Off to hunt down some capis today!

  19. I love this so much – what a sweet simple idea. Definitely something I can manage and I know two grandmas who would love it!! :)

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  20. Very informative. This is really perfect and something unique. I have to learn many tips from you. From where you have got this idea because I can't even think about this.
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