Life preserver welcome wreath

There’s no denying that I pretty much love anything nautical and everything handmade.

I also get quite a thrill out of taking something that once was and turning it into something new again.

I’ve been looking for something attractive to hang on our front door that would not only compliment our home and our decor style, but would also fit in between the storm and wooden front door as there isn’t much width.   I got the idea for this life preserver wreath one day over the summer while dropping my girls off at day camp.   Driving through the coastal town where my girls camp is, I drove by a pretty ocean front home and saw that they had a life preserver hanging on their front door.  It was plain white, simple, yet classy and of course nautical!  I absolutely loved the idea and knew this would be the perfect “wreath” to hang on our home by the sea!

I started as soon as I could since I had everything on hand.

  I had bought a faux life preserver at the Christmas Tree Shop years ago.  This foam preserver hung in our kids bathroom for several years and more recently inside of our girls tree house.

You can see how the damp air and weather turned this once bright white preserver into this moldy mess, yuk!

preserver before

Nothing a little paint can’t fix right ?!? Especially this stuff….

Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 2.17.27 PMI used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Country Grey and it covered the mold and letters in one good coat.  Once dried, I twisted some jute rope and clothes line together (to make it “beefier” and interesting) then wrapped it evenly around my preserver.


With my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine, I printed WELCOME, our address and zip code and started lightly dabbing on the paint.  I wanted the letters and numbers to look a little weathered and it worked!


I added some more rope to hang my preserver on our door and that was that!

preserver after

A quick, little project that makes such a BIG statement.  There’s no denying our decor style or our passion for the sea and all things nautical.

I love how it turned out and it fits perfectly between both doors.

wreath-preserverThat’s all for now :).






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