- 4 years ago
The first time I saw a picture of a seashell bouquet I knew I wanted them for my wedding. However I found it quite difficult to find a detailed tutorial online and to buy them pre-made was super expensive. Luckily I have a very creative and crafty Aunt so the two of us got together and made the bouquets on our own and they turned out really great! So I thought I would share my detailed tutorial for any other brides out there looking for this unique option for their wedding day! Things you will need: 1. Hot glue gun – The smaller the better, we used a large one and it made it difficult to get the right amount of glue on the toothpicks. 2. Toothpicks 3. A mason jar – to hold the bouquet while you work on it. 3. Seashells – I bought some of mine from Atlantic Fabrics, and some from the Dollarstore, Michaels carries them as well but I found them more expensive there. I was able to get bags of about 20-30 shells for approx. $1.50 a bag. We stuck with neutral colors. And tried to get different types of shells, we didn’t really use any cockle shells as they are difficult to attach the toothpick to. We used about 50 shells per bouquet. We varied the sizes, buying smaller ones to fill in spaces. We also got a mix of shiny and dull shells as I wanted them to look as natural as possible. 4. Bouquet holders – purchased at Michaels for approx. $5 each, I highly recommend using this type as the foam being caged in, makes the bouquet very sturdy. 5. Tulle – this is optional, we bought it to go around the base of the holder, to hide the plastic. 6. Pearl pins – also optional, great for filling in small spaces and giving a softer look, We didn’t use pins, we used pearls on a plastic stem, but they were really flimsy and hard to push into the foam so I suggest the pins which you can buy at any craft store. 7. Sparkly paint – another option, just to give a little sparkle to the shells. Step 1: Separate your shells. I found this made the process much quicker as we didn’t have to dig through all the shells to get the shape we were looking for. Step 2: Glue a toothpick into each shell. We put some glue on the toothpicks and then pushed them into the shells, which hides the toothpick better than gluing it to the side of the shell. Step 3: Place your bouquet holder in the mason jar and starting in the middle, push the toothpicks into the foam, we didn’t glue them down as we wanted to be able to pull them out if something needed to be rearranged in the end. Step 4: Once all the shells are in, use pearl pins or other decoration of you choice, to fill in spaces that are too small for other shells. You could also just glue shells into these spaces without the toothpick. Step 5: Wrap tulle, or ribbon around the base of the bouquet to hide the plastic. Step 6: Use glitter glue or paint and dab a little on the end of each shell for a little sparkle. That’s it! Here is one using tulle to fill in the holes. Just push the toothpick through a small square of tulle before pushing it into the foam and it covers the nooks and crannies really well! The total cost for me to make these bouquets was about $50-$60 for 4 bouquets. Which considering they cost up to $350 each on etsy, is not bad at all, and they are a great keepsake as they will last forever! Hope this is helpful to anyone looking to make them!!