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A Nautical Themed Wreath

Nautical themes are everywhere! My mom has a spare bathroom decked out in all things lighthouses, seashells and life preservers, so that was the inspiration for my project today!

 A Nautical Themed Wreath

I started with a wire wreath base that measures 7.75″ at the widest point. The spans between the outer ring and the inner ring measures 1.5″, so a nice thickness for creating a little life preserver decor.

 A Nautical Themed Wreath

Using a spool of jute cord, I began wrapping the wires. I did find that cutting a yard or two at a time helped to keep the jute from becoming tangled. When you run out of length, tie on a new strand (to the back) and begin wrapping again.

 A Nautical Themed Wreath

At the 2, 4, 8 and 10 o’clock positions, I wrapped a small piece of chevron ribbon around the jute covered wreath and glued in place at the back.

A Nautical Themed Wreath

I didn’t have any red jute on hand, so I dyed my own! I poured a little of the Firecracker Lady Bug spray into a bowl and dredged a piece of jute through. Use an old cloth to wick away the excess ink. Allow to dry completely. Attach to the wreath in a fun looping pattern.

 A Nautical Themed Wreath

In finishing, I added a bow of matching chevron ribbon, along with a chipboard banner that I created with Authentique Paper’s “Anchored” Collection. “Ahoy” was spelled out with some cork sticker letters. Now it’s all ready for hanging or displaying on a shelf! Would also be a cute accent for a boy’s baby shower or nursery 🙂

By  Shellye McDaniel



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  1. Latrice

    Absolutely amazing!!!

  2. Amy Cooley

    How fun! What a beautiful decoration for the home!

  3. Alexia Misso

    That’s too cute! Love the color of the ribbon!

  4. TracyM #6773

    FABULOUS wreath Shellye, your mother will LOVE IT … I know I do!!!

    LOVE the jute & wide chevron ribbon, so clever with your colouring too => THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION!!! I’ve never made a wreath before but I can see that they make fabulous décor items that we can change through the year to suit the occasion or keep for all year cheer like yours 🙂

  5. marylouh

    Have a condo at the Lake of the Ozarks. this would make a great door decoration for down there. thanks for a great week of projects. Hope you are ready to return to work – happy and relaxed.

  6. Heather Thompson

    Way to be creative, use what you have and make it work!!! love it


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