Distressed Life Preserver Décor

Distressed Life Preserver Décor

Posted by DecoArt on Sep 18th 2016

Give any room at home a seaworthy vibe with a décor piece featuring Americana® Acrylics.


    • sandpaper
    • ruler
    • pencil
    • flat brush
    • painter's tape
    • hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • craft knife
    • Silhouette electronic cutting machine
    • wooden letters
    • screws
    • wood stain
    • jigsaw
    • rope
    • scrap wood
    • wood boards
    • round object
    • drill and drill bits



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Using a plate or other round object that's the size of the life preserver you want, trace half of a circle onto a 1" x 12" wood board. Trace the other half above the first half circle, giving you have two half circles.
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Use a jigsaw to cut out the circles.
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Put the two half-circles together. Use a smaller plate or circle to trace the inside cut-out of the life preserver.
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Use scrap wood to join the half-circles together. (Pre-drill the holes so that the wood doesn't split.) Use screws to attach the scrap wood to the back of the life preserver at the seam.
    8. Instruction #4
    9. Use a ruler and craft knife to cut a groove about 3" to 3-1/2" away from the center line. Cut a V shape so the wood will come out and create the groove. Remove the excess wood. (Refer to photo: The grooves should look like this.)
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Stain the life preserver before painting it with White Wash. (You'll be sanding the paint down so don't worry about being perfect.)
    12. Instruction #6
    13. Use the provided Silhouette file to cut out the words Welcome and Aboard. Place them centered, top and bottom, on the life preserver. Paint over the words with Deep Midnight Blue. (Make sure all the parts of the words are down so the paint doesn't bleed under the stencil.)
    14. Instruction #7
    15. Use painter's tape to tape off two sections between the wording on the life preserver. Paint these sections using Cherry Red. (Again, don't worry about perfect coverage since you'll be sanding the whole thing in the end for a weathered look.) Let dry.
    16. Instruction #8
    17. Once the paint has dried, sand the surface of the life preserver to bring the stain forward and age the piece. Use a hot glue gun to attach to pieces of rope around the outside of the life preserver, attaching them in four places and pulling the rope slightly outward between these locations to make it more loose. Tie the loose ends in a knot at the top.
    18. Instruction #9
    19. Stain the N, S, E, W wooden letters before attaching wall mount tape to their backs. Attach a screw to the wall and hang the life preserver on the screw. (You can use a picture mounting bracket as well.) Place the N, S, E, W around the life preserver using the tape on the back.


    Life Preserver Cut File