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I like to switch out the wreathes on the front door every month or so. Usually, I decorate for each holiday so that is pretty easy to do. However, there are times like now that have no real holiday to decorate for. It’s a kind of weird time when it’s hot enough to be summer but the kids are still in school. Yet it’s not really spring-y enough to continue with a spring/Easter-y wreath.
I decided that this awkward time when we’re getting ready for summer would be just that… sailing into summer. I’ve been into anchors lately after I took a painting class a few months back. Which helped me decide I wanted to make a wreath with an anchor on it. Since anchors and rope go hand-in-hand, I decided the base of my wreath would be a coil of rope. And since I wanted to keep things simple I opted for blue and aqua sheer ribbons to make the bow because they remind me of the ocean.
Nautical Inspired Wreath
- Large bowl or bucket
- Sheer, wired 1 inch width ribbons in blue and aqua
- Wooden anchor sign
- Craft paint
- 2 Paint brushes
- Clear glue
- Gold glitter
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Paint the front and sides of your wooden anchor in the color of your choosing.
- While the anchor is drying, plug your hot gun gun in and let it warm up.
- Wrap the rope once around the circumference of the bowl or bucket you are using.
- Then apply a line of hot glue to the starting point on of the rope and press the rope together.
- Continue winding the rope around the circumference of the bowl or bucket. Applying a line of hot glue every 4 to 5 inches to hold the rope together.
- After about three layers of the rope, twist the rope to make a loop at the top of the wreath. Applying a line of hot glue before and after the twist to hold in in place.
- Then continue winding the rope around the circumference of the bowl or bucket, applying a line of hot glue every 4 to 5 inches to hold the rope together.
- Once you are happy with the thickness of the rope wreath, cut the rope and hot glue the end to the back of the wreath.
- While the rope wreath is drying, use the chalk to write your greeting on the anchor.
- Then dip a small, clean paint brush in the glue and go over the letters on your anchor.
- Cover the glue letters in gold glitter and tap off the excess glitter.
- Then allow the anchor to dry.
- Layer the two sheer ribbons together and create a bow big enough for your wreath.
- Apply hot glue to the back and possibly the bottom of the bow and attach it to the rope wreath right in front of the loop.
- Apply hot glue to the back of the anchor and attach it to the lower side of the wreath at an angle.
- Finally allow the entire wreath to dry completely before hanging it up.
The rope I got at Home Depot in a big spoil of 50 feet for around $8-9. I found the wooden anchor in the craft section at Wal-Mart. The ribbons I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I made a custom navy color for the anchor by mixing bright blue, sparkly sliver, and black together. After the anchor dried, I added a bit more detail with a few dots and lines of white paint that I lightly painted over with the custom navy color to create the light reflecting effect.
While it seems like a lot of steps to complete the Nautical Inspired Wreath it only took about 30 minutes and part of that was letting the whole thing dry at the end so I could hang it up!
I love how this Nautical Inspired wreath turned out!
Have a great day!
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