Crafts & DIY

summer wreath

An ugly foam wreath + hot glue getting stuck in my carpet = a pretty, minimalist wreath worthy of displaying all summer long.


Since I can’t afford to leave near the ocean, I’m going to have to settle for a beachy and nautical-themed wreath on my front door. It’s almost as if I can hear the ocean waves crashing right outside my window…in between the incessant horn-honking and brake-screeching.



  • 1 hideous foam wreath (I got mine at Michael’s with one of their ever-present 40% off coupons)
  • approx 20 yards of jute rope (I had a bunch of this left over from a previous craft and used less than half of the roll.)
  • 1 starfish (definitely do not buy this without a coupon. A friendly stranger in line informed me that the Rose Bowl has these for a buck.)
  • 6″x2″ piece of burlap (ribbon-type works best, as the edges are finished)
  • 1″ wide ribbon (you pick the color! get snazzy!)



  1. Starting with a 1-yard long piece of jute rope, begin wrapping it around the wreath, hot gluing a straight line down the wreath to keep the rope securely in place. Continue all the way around with 1-yard long pieces until wreath is fully covered. I found that 1-yard was the golden length. Any shorter felt too time consuming cutting piece of rope, and any longer, it would get tangled while trying to work with it.
  2. Pick a spot on the jute-wrapped wreath to affix the starfish sea star. Try to find as many contact points along the star to get a secure bond onto the wreath. Once you’ve found the perfect spot (don’t forget it!) hot glue the contact points on the star and glue to the wreath.
  3. Hot glue a 6″ piece of ribbon to the middle of the 6″ piece of burlap for some pizzazz. Wrap this around the top of the wreath and secure with hot glue (duh. is there anything hot glue can’t do?!)
  4. Using a 2′ long piece of ribbon, tie a bow around your burlap “hook” and trim the length to your liking.
  5. Hang on your door and congratulate yourself. You just created your own piece of beachfront living right outside your own home.

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