This coastal-style Christmas wreath is easy to make. Styrofoam balls are wrapped in twine and yarn then they are skewered onto a wreath form. Decorative rattan balls, seashells and ornaments are tucked into the mix. After the holidays are over, remove the ornaments and keep the wreath up all year.

Step 1

Wrap the Wreath Form in Burlap

Cut the burlap into 3-inch strips. Use the glue gun to attach one end of the burlap strip onto the foam wreath then start wrapping the burlap all the way around the wreath. Add glue at key spots to make sure the burlap will stay in place.

Step 2

Create Yarn and Twine Balls

Wrap the foam balls in yarn, mixing up the sizes and colors. Start by hot-gluing the end of the yarn to the foam ball and then wrapping the yarn around until the whole ball is covered. Cut the yarn, then glue the end of it onto the ball, tucking it underneath the already-wrapped yarn.

Step 3

Skewer the Balls

Lay out your design; determine where on the wreath you will adhere everything. Cut the skewers in half. Cut them at an angle, so there is a point on each end. Push half of the skewer into the foam ball and the other half into the foam wreath.

Step 4


Add Rattan Balls

Attach the rattan balls onto the wreath using the hot glue gun. Hold the ball in place until the glue is completely dry.

Step 5


Attach Seashells

Use the glue gun to adhere shells and starfish in between the yard and twine balls.

Step 6

Give It a Little Holiday Glitz

Alternate ornaments with the yarn balls to give your wreath some holiday spirit. You will have to hot-glue the ornaments unless they are also made of Styrofoam. When the holidays are over, pull off the ornaments and replace with the yarn or twine balls.

If desired, add a large ornament to hang in the center of the wreath. We also added glitter to our starfish to give our wreath some extra holiday sparkle.

Step 7


Add Hanging Ribbon

Decide which side is the top. Slide the ribbon under the foam balls and secure with a knot at the top of the foam wreath and then a second knot higher up, where it will hang.

Step 8


Photo By: Susan Teare

Susan Teare

Hang It Up

Hang up the wreath. If there are any bare spots or holes, add some more balls or shells. For extra sturdiness, once everything is in place, dab some hot glue on any loose spots.