A seashell bridal bouquet is a unique twist on the traditional floral bouquet. It would be a lovely addition to the bride's attire, especially for a destination or beach wedding. Seashells are available in a wide variety of natural colours, all of which will appear fresh and visually appealing in a bridal bouquet. The soft tones of the shells, whether combined with flower and other accessories or standing alone, will look elegant and dramatic. The shells can be complemented with starfish, pearls, feathers or other small jewelled embellishments. In the same vein as floral bouquets, the bride has endless options.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- 22-gauge cloth-wrapped white floral wire
- Wire cutters
- Hot glue gun and sticks
- Wide satin ribbon
- Pearl-head pins
- White floral tape
Find or purchase a variety of seashells in complementing colours or tones. Sort them into ones that have cavities, such as conch shells, and ones that are flatter. If starfish are going to be part of the bouquet, they will be in the same pile as the flatter shells.
Determine a comfortable length for the bridal bouquet. Measure and cut as many pieces of wire as necessary for the amount of shells to be used. Count the number of shells with cavities and allocate enough stems for these without altering the stems, leaving them straight. Count the number of flatter shells and starfish and allocate stems for these as well. Curl or loop the bottom of these so they will have a more substantial piece of wire to attach to the flatter pieces.
Fill the cavity partially of each of the first group of shells with hot glue and insert a stem one at a time. Wait for the glue to dry and lightly tug on the stem to ensure it is not only glued in properly, but the shell stands upright easily on the wire stem. Similarly, place a small dab of hot glue on each flatter shell and starfish and press a curled or looped wire stem onto the dab. Wait for the glue to dry and perform the same test of adhesion and ability to stand as the first group.
Arrange the shells together in such a way that each is seen, but none sticks out too much as it will be more difficult to tie them together. Consider placing the larger ones on the outside, with the smaller ones higher up but more central. Shake the bouquet lightly to ensure the group is secure and no shells either fall off or wiggle. If any must be reglued, do so now to prevent any mishaps later. Wrap the entire group of stems from the top to the bottom then back up with the floral tape for stability.
Wrap the satin ribbon around the top of the bouquet a few times and then tie a tight bow. Secure the bow with the pearl-headed pins.
Tips and warnings
- Seashell bridal bouquets look lovely in any wedding, whether on the beach or not. Consider adding other embellishments and playing around with the colours for a more vibrant bouquet to offset the neutral tones of the shells.
- If the shells are found treasures from the beach, ensure they have the sand shaken out properly and are washed thoroughly in warm water and mild soap to ensure there are no critters or other visitors in the bridal bouquet.
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