Mini Oyster Shell Wreath & Shop Announcement

Good morning!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Obviously mine was pretty low-key, as evidenced by the fact that I actually got my act together enough to write up a Monday morning post.

Wheat spent the weekend at a bachelor party, so I spent it relaxing whilst being productive (we all know I can’t sit still very long).  Friday night I drank wine, caught up on my DVR, and prepped a whole bunch of my handmade Oyster Ornaments.


I took some to Native Nurseries on Saturday morning, so you can find a few of them there… or you can order them online over on my new Shop page!  If you order some ASAP they’ll probably make it to you by Christmas, but I can’t and won’t make any promises.  I plan to hang them all over my house and don’t see them as being limited to Christmas whatsoever, but I realize that could just be me.  Speaking of my obsession with oysters…

DIY Mini Oyster Shell Wreath | Oysters & Pearls

I finally hung my mini oyster shell wreath!

Way back when, I posted about how to clean oyster shells.  Takes a while, a bit of elbow grease and hard work, but not too bad.  I’ve shared some pictures on Instagram of my gold leafed oyster shells, but that step is totally unnecessary.  You can use cleaned shells of any sort (even non-oyster shells!) for this little DIY shell wreath.  But anyway, on oyster shells, aside from the one large oyster you shuck and eat, there are usually a few tiny baby oysters attached to the outside of the large one’s shell.  When I scrubbed the oyster shells down, these all came off.  I saved them (natch) and ever since I’ve had a large plastic Subway cup full of tiny oyster shells.  I knew I’d think of something.

So I gold leafed them like their larger Christmas Ornament counterparts.

Tiny Gilded Oyster Shells | Oysters & Pearls

I started the wreath with an old wood ring that used to hand agate slices as a wind chime.  Literally, the wind chime is from when I was in elementary school.  The agate slices are now perfectly on-trend coaster, and I’d been hoarding saving the wood ring they hung from for years.  This is an excellent example of my extreme hoarding tendencies, and a true success story with a hoarded item being revamped into something that is actually used now.  This alone justifies at least one closet worth of junk.

Old Wooden Wind Chime Ring | Oysters & Pearls

Because the oyster shells probably wouldn’t cover every little spot on the wood, and because I want to gold leaf everything in my home (#midastouch), I gold leafed it, too.  Duh.

Gold Leafed Wind Chime Ring for Tiny Oyster Wreath | Oysters & Pearls

Next, I just started haphazardly gluing shells to the wood ring with Liquid Nails.  After some oyster-obsessed-blog research, I deduced that apparently liquid nails is the very best way to glue any sort of shell to any sort of thing.

Tiny Oyster Shell Wreath | Oysters & Pearls

Anthropologie catalogs make excellent painting and gluing backdrops, clearly.  Let the Liquid Nails dry for 24 hours, then hang!

Miniature Oyster Shell Wreath | Oysters & Pearls

I don’t particularly love this ribbon, but it was the right size, the color matched my chairs in my kitchen, and it was in my house.  I’m on the hunt for a small champagne satin ribbon to replace it ASAP.  But it’ll do pig, it’ll do.

Miniature DIY Oyster Shell Wreath | Oysters & Pearls

It now lives next to another new acquisition: a print I got at the Apalachicola Seafood Festival last month of the Indian Pass Raw Bar, which is a place very near and dear to my heart.

Indian Pass Raw Bar Print | Oysters & Pearls

This is the beginning of a little gallery wall by our back door (hence the keys).

Beginnings of the Back Door Small Gallery Wall | Oysters & Pearls

And… that’s basically it for the weekend.  I got a gorgeous little hot pink/red Christmas cactus at Native Nurseries while I was there (how did I not already have one of these?), made a trip to Michael’s to hit up that 70% off sale, had lunch with my MIL Nancy at Hopkins Eatery (the Greek Spin was delish, as always), and a quick pit stop at Miss Mandy’s Cottage Living to see Marc Ventry’s Southern Restoration Furniture and Nunyabeeswax in live and living color.  Oh, and had another awesome meal at The Whip with my parents.  Twas a laid back but good weekend indeed.

Oh, and for those of you purchasing and receiving (or even gifting) holiday plants, I found this Grumpy Gardener post on Holiday Plant Care over on The Daily South very helpful.

Tiny DIY Oyster Shell Wreath | Oysters & Pearls

Hope everyone has a wonderful week before Christmas!  See also: how-is-it-already-the-week-before-Christmas?!?

Until Next Time

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3 thoughts on “Mini Oyster Shell Wreath & Shop Announcement

  1. Rachel

    Looks fabulous!! You know I love a good gallery wall. So jealous you got to eat at Hopkins…their chicken tetrazzini salad is to die for. If you can provide a recipe for the Parmesan balsamic vinaigrette that would make my life!

  2. Pingback: DIY: Ideas how to use the shells from the last vacation | For Women

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