It’s summer, and the living is really easy, so why not reflect that carefree, casual summer feeling on your front door? How? Well, it’s quite simple and very rewarding, with your own creation. Think front-door wreaths.
One easy way to start is with a beach bucket — the kind kids use to build sandcastles, and can be bought most anywhere. Pick your favorite color, and cut it in half so that it will sit flat on the door. Don’t remove the handle — that’s how you will hang it. Next, get a foam ball that’s large enough to fit fully in the mouth of the bucket, and cut it in half too. Then paint it a sand color. Spray the ball with glue and sprinkle real sand onto it. Then glue the foam ball into the bucket. Hot glue some shells around the rim of the bucket, and you’ll have a unique and summery front door. If you don’t live near a beach where shells and sand are easily available, you can find them at craft stores.
If you prefer a more traditional wreath look, you can get started at the craft store. Get a nondecorated wreath made of twigs — or twist twigs yourself to make the base of the wreath. From there, you can make several types of wreaths, but a shell style is simple. Hot glue the shells — sparse or copious — onto the wreath, until you get the look you want.
To take the twig idea a little further, find some pine cones and cut them in half. Also trim the ends to make them flat. Can you see that it looks like a flower? Now spray paint the pine cones to look like colorful flowers. Hot glue them to the twig wreath, and there you have it: another decoration. The wreath can remain a natural color, or you can spray paint it whatever color you desire. You can add shells to this idea, too.
Actually, any wreath can become a summer decoration wreath simply by adding a few shells here and there.
Of course, nothing says summer like a straw hat. Find one with a wide rim. Glue some shells onto it around the inside of the rim, add a mesh bow and hang it proudly on your front door.
Here’s one more idea if you live near a beach or plan a vacation at a beach. Get a foam wreath from the craft store and go to the beach and collect small pieces of driftwood and some interesting shells. Glue the driftwood onto the foam wreath, making it look like sun rays sticking out from the wreath. Glue those wonderful shells onto the foam and you’ll have another personalized wreath to display on your door.
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer
in Naples, is author of “Mystery of Color.”
Contact her at DsgnQuest@aol.com.