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High Tide DIY Wreath

Let your kids transform your front door from total snooze-fest to a summery beach-ready DIY wreath with this free crafts for kids.

High Tide Summer Wreath
High Tide Summer Wreath
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Your kids can bring summer trips to the beach back to your home with this adorable High Tide DIY Wreath. Kids can use this free kids' craft to proudly display seashells, mini starfish, and pieces of coral collected during days at the shore. This summer craft for kids works perfectly as outdoor or indoor decor, meaning it's a fantastic way to add a pop of color to any ordinary backround.
This summer craft project is also a wonderful craft for elementary kids and pre-teens, although younger kids may need adult supervision. And if your kids are in 4H, this DIY wreath is a fantastic project idea because it's great for those beginner wreath enthusiasts! With this craft idea, your kids can turn any boring door into a summer style statement that's sure to leave the neighborhood buzzing with excitement. This summer, your kids can feel like they're always at the beach with this DIY kids' craft.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueFlorals/Wreaths



Age GroupElementary School, Pre-Teens

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Standard white economy paper plate
  • Azure blue paper raffia
  • Any piece of cardstock sized 4”x4”
  • 6” of 0.3” wide white-with-black-polka-dots ribbon
  • Scrapbook stickers of swimming trunks and swimming costume
  • Selection of small sea shells or pieces of driftwood
  • Three small starfish
  • Two plastic lids, one with a diameter of 5.6” and one with a diameter of 2.6”
  • Felt-tip pens
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Scotch tape
  • Quick-drying craft glue (such as Bostik Clear)


  1. Place and center the 5.6” plastic lid onto the paper plate and trace all around it.

  2. Cut out the inner circle to make the paper base for the wreath.

  3. Cover the paper plate wreath with the blue raffia:
    Use a piece of scotch tape to secure the end of the raffia at the back of the wreath. Wrap the raffia tightly around the wreath. When the wreath has been covered, secure the raffia at the back with scotch tape again and cut off any remaining raffia.

  4. Make a loop with the polka dot ribbon and glue it to the back of the wreath. Allow to dry while continuing with the rest of the steps.

  5. Place the 2.6” plastic lid onto the piece of leftover cardstock and trace all around it. Draw a small freehand circle close to the top inside the bigger one, and then divide the bigger circle into six parts. Now you have a beach ball!

  6. Use the felt-tip pens to color the beach ball and then cut it out.

  7. Put the wreath flat down on the working surface. Arrange the beach ball, shells, stickers and starfish on the wreath and glue them in place. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly before lifting and hanging the wreath.

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