A fun way to bring a coastal vibe to your decor is to create an easy nautical life ring wreath.


Want to bring the beach home or create a coastal or nautical feel in your decor?

Create an Easy Nautical Life Ring Wreath.

Hang it on a vintage window like I did here, on the wall, or even on your front door.


It’s a super quick and easy wreath to make.

You need a few supplies and in less than an hour, you’ll have yourself some classy coastal decor.


Easy Nautical Life Ring Wreath


Supplies Needed to make an Easy Nautical Life Ring Wreath - a tutorial :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net



  • A foam wreath form; mine came from the Dollar Tree.
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Cream or white fabric cut into two and one-half-inch strips.
  • An eighth of a yard of contrasting fabric cut into two and one-half-inch strips. I used a light weight blue fabric.
  • Polished cotton rope.   I purchased mine in the hardware section at Lowe’s.



  • Wrap your foam wreath form with the strips of off-white fabric.  Place fabric strip at a slight angle and secure the beginning and end of each strip with straight pins as shown with the blue.  See second photo below for holding the fabric taunt while wrapping.  Keep adding strips until the entire wreath is covered.  (Tip: Try to start and end on one side of the wreath so the pins do not show.)
  • Add the contrasting  color fabric.  Wrap about one quarter of the wreath in your color choice on opposing sides as shown below.  Don’t worry about the back side lining up perfectly…it won’t be seen unless you hang your wreath on a glass door.  (If that is the case, pin some extra fabric on the edges so that it looks finished.)


First Steps ::  an Easy Nautical Life Ring Wreath -Tutorial


  • Lay your decorative rope around your wreath form arranging it so it is fairly evenly spaced with a little excess in each of the “corners.”
  • Pin it in place.


Easy Nautical Life Ring Wreath Tutorial Step 1


  • Cut an inch wide strip of contrasting fabric.


Easy Nautical Life Ring Wreath -Tutorial Step 2 : AnExtraordinaryDay.net


  • Take a few inches of the fabric strip and fold it in half as shown in the photo.


Easy Nautical Life Ring Wreath -Tutorial Step 3 :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


  • Secure it in place under the rope with a pin.


Easy Nautical Life Ring Wreath -Tutorial Step 4 :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


  • Fold it over the rope tightly and secure with two pins as shown above.  (If your fabric strip is too long, cut it to size.)


Easy Nautical Life Ring Wreath -Tutorial Step 5 :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net


  • Your rope will be held close to the Life Ring to look like the photo above.
  • To add a hanger…see step 4 here.
  • Tip: The pins hold well.  But if you want to make your wreath permanent, dip your pins in a little bit of “Tacky” glue, before pinning.


Create an Easy Nautical Life Ring Wreath


  • Congratulations!  You just created a Life Ring Wreath!


Coastal Decor :: Create an Easy Nautical Life Ring Wreath with this Tutorial by AnExtraordinaryDay


It’s amazing what you can do quickly with a simple fabric-covered wreath.
Check out these posts:

I’ve had a ton of fun decorating this vintage window for holidays and seasons.
Check out these posts:


Do you do any “coastal” decorating?

Do you have a simple wreath that you can makeover for the seasons?


Whatever your style, it’s the little extras we do in our homes that make our homes a sanctuary for our spouses and family.  Why be ordinary when you can be extraordinary!!

Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!


I’d be delighted if you’d share the extraordinary goodness here with your friends
by clicking any of  the sharing buttons at the bottom.

To receive more FREE inspiration like this
in your inbox or reader, subscribe now.


  1. This is a really neat idea and so easy! Looks good on your window!

    • Diane says

      Gotta love the easy part!!!
      Thanks for your kind words, Sue!
      Hope your day is Extraordinary!

  2. We don’t do much nautical here, but FIL likes to go fishing on the nearby lakes, so maybe I can make something for him!

  3. Carolyn says

    Dear Diane,
    This is such a great idea for our little lake house. I’m definitely going to give it a try!
    Thinking of you during these days with…Love & Prayers.

    • Diane says

      Oh I hope you do Carolyn. Really…it’s super easy, low cost, and gives the nautical feel. 🙂
      You are such a blessing! [hugs]

  4. Karen says

    That turned out great and it looks so nice on your window.

    • Diane says

      Thank you Karen!
      That window is so fun….I think it makes everything look good. 😉
      Hope your week is extraordinary!

  5. Sandi says

    Hi Diane,
    Welcome back to my HOME! This a cute idea and I love the window it is hanging on too. Great tutorial. I usually have some sand and shells around in the summertime because we are beach people here. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.


    • Diane says

      Awww…thank you so much Sandi!!
      I would be a beach person if I lived where you are. Such loveliness!!!

  6. Suzi says

    i love this! very clever. living on the water with a 10 minute boat ride to the atlantic means we do year round coastal decor 😉 so this will be on my project list.

    • Diane says

      Thank you Suzi! 10 minutes!! You are one blessed gal!!!! And living on water, besides!! 🙂
      Have fun with the life ring…

  7. Becca says

    So cute! I’m working on a nautical room and this would be adorable for it. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features tomorrow and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com

    • Diane says

      Thanks Becca! How fun to have a nautical room!
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  8. Thanks for the how-to! I’ve always envied life rings and buoys in other people homes. I found a cute tutorial for buoys but I’m especially excited about this life ring DIY!

    • Diane says

      Corinna…I’m so excited that this tutorial was just what you needed. You’ll love that it’s quick and easy, too.
      Would you be willing to share your link to the buoys tutorial with me? Maybe next summer I could try my hand at that. 😉
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!!

  9. Very cute! I like the whole collection!

    • Diane says

      Thank you so much, Diana!! I have enjoyed it immensely….a good thing since I am always so critical of my projects. [wink]
      Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

  10. Love that wreath! I am featuring it tomorrow on Made in a day! Thanks for linking up!

    • Diane says

      Thank you sooo much for this wonderful blessing Kim!! 🙂
      Hope your day is Extraordinary!

  11. Jen says

    Awesome! Love your nautical decorating ideas!

    • Diane says

      Awww…you are so kind. Thank you so much, Jen!
      Wishing you JOY!


  1. […] Life Ring Wreath from An Extraordinary Day […]

  2. […] Life Ring Wreath from An Extraordinary Day […]

  3. […] each wreath form with  the ribbon.  Detailed wrapping and hanging instructions can be found here. (Update: the instructions were not as detailed as I thought… but I do think they will help […]

Please Share Your Extraordinary Thoughts!


AMAZON ASSOCIATES DISCLOSURE: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.