This post is aptly named for one specific reason. I had wanted to make a beautiful seashell wreath for our front door, to enjoy during the summertime. I found a great, and seemingly simple, tutorial with a video on Martha Stewart’s website. It seemed straight forward enough. Seemed is the keyword in that sentence. Here is my interpretation of the steps required:
Step One: start with a metal filled, straw wreath base. This was my first mistake. I can see why it would help, in Martha’s tutorial, but for me it just made a huge mess. My straw wreath base left bits and pieces in its wake. I rarely have to vacuum post-crafting and I had to do it twice. This could have been the wreath that I purchased, as it seemed to molt as soon as it left its packaging. It did provide a great amount of support and flatter surface for the shells, though. So there’s that, right?
Step Two: using crafting tacky glue, begin placing your shells on the wreath form. Here’s where I lost it. I began this project the week before, creating a first layer of shells. It was a sticky mess and I lost interest pretty quick, considering that though tacky glue holds a bit more permanently than other types of glue, it also takes longer to dry. They aren’t immediately bonded to the wreath, so keeping them in one place and not sliding around or falling off was nearly impossible. I left the wreath half-completed, like the picture below, for a good week or so. I just didn’t have the willpower to glue and hold, while still trying to add more shells.
Step Three: Try again a week later with failed results. Continue to try to add layers of shells on top of the original shells. Fill in the creases where you can. When I started out, I thought that maybe my patience level had returned and I could take on the sticky mess once again. But as I continued, I realized this wasn’t so. Which leads me to my next step in this tutorial.
Step Four: Take the good lady Martha’s name in vain. I should have never said it and I paid the price. I wrote a caption for the above picture, before continuing with the project. It doomed me. I said, “Dear Martha Stewart, I tried your way, and it’s a sticky mess. Now this sucker will be done my way.” And with several sticks of hot glue and my trusty hot glue gun, I did finally complete this project. It took several hours and there was something harmed in the process.
This sucker stuck with me all week, what a frustrating place to burn yourself on your low-heat, hot glue gun. Right at the end of the project, I dripped a healthy gob of hot glue directly onto my finger. It hurt so badly, I realized immediately that it was dear Martha punishing me for speaking poorly of her tutorial. But there’s always a silver lining, right? The wreath did get finished, it is a million pounds heavier, and is just waiting for summer to be hung on our front door. What’s also funny is, that about the time I was finishing this project, a friend of mine was sending me some awesome info on a place to pick up some beachy items. She knows me so well!
So, overall, this project only cost me about $5 with the wreath form and the glue sticks. The shells are slowly decreasing my large collection that was going to waste. Was it worth my thumb being burned? I think so.