Nautical Craft – Buoy Garland

Create this simple foam Buoy Garland for a nautical themed room.

Craft Materials

Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:

Today I’m sharing a Nautical Craft that I made for the Make it Fun blog during the Summer.  Can I tell you what a cool project this was to make.  This craft has been on my to-do list for a long time.  I have done many nautical crafts over the years using foam but this one just topped the list as my favorite.

Wouldn’t this same idea be fun turned into holiday ornaments too?!?

Supplies needed to make this project:

  • FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Balls: Any Size (I used 3″)
  • FloraCraft Smooth Finish® Paintable Coating
  • FloraCraft® StyroCutter® Plus
  • Fine-grit Sandpaper
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Washi Tape (optional)
  • Rope

Nautical Craft – Buoy Garland

Nautical Craft - Buoy Garland

Instructions

First, coat all of your foam balls in Smooth Finish and let dry.  I only did one coat since I wanted a little bit of texture still, but it’s very subtle.

Nautical Craft - Buoy Garland

I only did one coat of Smooth Finish since I wanted a little bit of subtle texture still, but you can do two if you want them perfectly smooth.

Nautical Craft - Buoy Garland

Once dry, sand any rough edges with fine-grit sandpaper.  I didn’t want them to be completely smooth so I lightly sanded them.

Nautical Craft - Buoy Garland

Now it’s time to pilot a hole through the center of the ball with the StyroCutter Plus for the rope to pass through.

Nautical Craft - Buoy Garland

Follow the packaging instructions carefully and let the tool do the work.  If the wand is bending, you’re pressing too hard. I started my hole small and working the cutter in circles until I was satisfied with the size.

Nautical-Buoy-on-a-rope-9 Nautical Craft - Buoy Garland

Now it’s time to paint! I picked out some FUN colors from DecoArt that gives the nautical feel I just LOVE and added a little washi tape around the center.

Nautical Craft - Buoy Garland

Nautical Craft - Buoy Garland

I only needed to add one coat of paint for this step.

Nautical Craft - Buoy Garland

Once they are completely dry, string them onto the rope, tying knots in between each ball.

DIY Nautical Craft - Buoy Garland for a nautical themed party

Then, hang and enjoy!

Nautical Craft - Buoy Garland Create this simple foam Buoy Garland for a nautical themed room.

There are so many ways you can use these, nautical theme party or room are just a few.  My favorite part about these, they are so lightweight and easy to hang. My favorite kind of nautical craft!

Looking for more Nautical Crafts using foam balls? Check out these Faux Glass Floats I made as well.

Faux Glass Floats

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