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Starfish Rope Burlap Wreath

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Holiday Wreath Upcylcle to Starfish Burlap Wreath madeinaday.com

Can you believe this Starfish Wreath was made from a thrift store holiday berry wreath? I teamed up with a great group of bloggers for the Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge! We shopped at our local thrift stores and chose two items, one wreath and one other item of our choice to exchange with another blogger.

I received this holiday berry wreath for my first project. At first, I thought what am I going to do with that to make it more like spring! But after stripped it down and fluffed it up it was actually a very nice wreath.

I really hated to do anything to it, but this was a challenge.  After much contemplation, I decided this wreath could use a nautical makeover. Let me show you how I made it~

Seaside Rope Burlap Wreath


  • Holiday berry wreath
  • Krylon Metallic beige spray paint
  • Burlap ribbon
  • 2 starfish
  • Decorative rope
  • Hot glue & gun


Holiday wreath upcycle

Remove old holiday ribbon or any other objects.

Berry wreath before upcycle

Fluff up the wreath to prepare it for spray painting.

Spray painted berry wreath upcycle

Spray paint the back side of the wreath first and let it dry for an hour or so. Turn the wreath over and spray light layers of paint until all berries are covered. Let it dry thoroughly.

Add ribbon to berry wreath like mesh

I added the burlap ribbon as if I were making a mesh wreath. Bunch up the end of the ribbon and use the wire berries on the wreath to secure it to the wreath.

Add burlap ribbon to berry wreath

Bunch the ribbon and attach the same way going around the ribbon.

How to add Rope wreath

Weave the rope around the wreath and secure with hot glue. Add you starfish with hot glue. Fluff the ribbon and that is it! You upcycled your old holiday wreath into a fun summer seaside wreath!

So next time you are tooling around the thrift store don’t pass up that crumpled old sad wreath, breath new life into it!

I received my wreath from Betsy Smith
Visit her blog Happily Ever After, Ect. to see how she transformed her items!

Holiday Wreath to Summer Seaside Starfish Wreath madeinaday.com

Now onto the Swap!

Welcome to the 4th edition of the Thrift Store Swap!

If you are unfamiliar with this swap, organized by Lyn at MidMichiganMom, here are the basics. 14 crafty bloggers commit to buying and repurposing 2 thrift store items. For this edition, one item must be a wreath and both items must cost under $10.

Sounds easy right? There’s a catch…they are not buying for themselves! Each blogger is surprised with what they must repurpose. So what happens when the unknown challenges 14 crafty ladies?

You get some out of the box tutorials!

Here are the geniuses behind these DIY Tutorials. Make sure to check out each one!

Happily Ever After etc

What Treasures Await

Made in a Day

Sequins in the South

My Pinterventures

C’Mon Get Crafty

ReDo It Yourself Inspirations

DIY Just Cuz

5 Kids, a Dog and a Blog

The Small Stuff Counts

Kreativ K

One Crazy Ride

Crazy Organized


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  1. I can’t believe how you transformed this little wreath! I had such a small collection of wreaths to pick from at the Thrift Store I was afraid you would hate me forever… instead you made it absolutely amazing! Love it!

    1. Ha Betsy, There were a few curse words thrown about.. I really didn’t want to do anything to it, it really was a nice wreath under that ugly ribbon. I may take the rope and ribbon off and use it for the holidays. No worries and no hating! Lol it was fun.

  2. Whoa, that’s a great transformation. Love the new nautical look and perfect for the summer season!

    1. Thank you Erlene! Your wreath turned out so great Sorry for the headache! :)

      1. I think I got stuck in my own head. It came together quickly once I forced to think outside of my apple plan.

  3. So I totally wanted to see what you did with your swap because I KNEW it would be amazing! I’ve always been a little nervous to use burlap because it seems so complicated but you totally make it looks doable! Love love love the wreath!

    1. Thank you so much Lindsay, this was not the easiest challenge. I still have one more and it’s going slow. :)

  4. Kim, I love, Love, LOVE how your wreath makeover turned out! I have a beach themed room and have used burlap and starfish as well. I would use it more if I didn’t have to ORDER my shells online!! The look is timeless and so versatile and you have executed it flawlessly for the challenge. Thank you so much for joining our little Thrift Store Swap. I hope that you enjoyed it and that you will join us in the future!

    1. Thank you Lyn, you are too sweet. Michaels and most craft stores sell shells. Try that instead of ordering them.

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