In case you are like me and not getting to go to the beach this
summer, here's how to make a summer wreath that will bring
the beach to you. I used some ideas that I saw on Kim's
blog Sand and Sisal to make this wreath for my mom's house.
For the base of the wreath I used a foam pool noodle curved
into a circle and secured with packing tape to hold the shape.
The front side of the noodle wreath was painted a combination
of browns and yellows to cover up the green color that would
have showed between the rope wrapping
You could use another type of wreath like straw and not
have to paint the form.
A length of 1/4" sisal rope was glued onto the back of the
foam wreath with foam glue to securely attach a loop for
hanging. A combination of 1/4" sisal rope and 3/8" sisal
rope was used to wrap the wreath and cover the foam.
The larger rope was used in sections on the top, sides and bottom
but you could just use one size of rope if you wanted to.
This took a lot more rope than I thought it would. I think
with the two types of rope, it took about 100 feet all together.
You could use a variety of beach related items on the rope
wreath, but I just loved the faux fishing floats that Kim used
on her wreath and used her tutorial to make some.
I did alter her tutorial a little and used some twine, simple knots
and hot glue to fashion fake "netting" around the "floats".
If I was making another wreath like this one for myself
(which I just might do), I would make the fishing floats
smaller... they were a little too big for the size of
the wreath. I didn't think about that when I was buying
the supplies to make the floats.
and star fish I made from canned foam last year.
... wire to attach the star fish and floats.
Even though the star fish aren't real and the floats are
a little too big, the wreath looks beach-y and fun
from the street on my mom's front door.