Nautical “Diver Below” Wreath
Today, we are welcoming the very talented Christina Colon from Twisted Muse Designs. I have long admired her work and hope you enjoy it too!
Hi everyone! My name is Chrissy and I am here to show you a quick and easy wreath I made for my husband. A little backstory, we are a family of divers. I grew up in and on the water. The joys of living the “island life” between Hawai’i and Okinawa have allowed me to experience our oceans on a whole new plane. My husband is also an avid diver. It has become his hobby and his passion. It’s because of this that I knew exactly what I needed to make for him.
An immediately recognizable flag for anyone who is water savvy is the “diver below” flag. It’s simply a red flag with a white diagonal stripe running from the upper right corner to the lower left corner. You can spot this flag on dive floats and boats when divers are in the water. It serves as a warning for boaters that there are people under the water in the area and to be careful. It’s also commonly used as a “badge of honor” by other divers to let the world know they are SCUBA certified.
This wreath hangs on a closet door in our house that has been turned into the dive locker. It’s adorned with shells, sea glass, netting, and hand-blown Ryukyu glass that is unique to this part of Asia and Japan. We love Okinawa and I wanted to incorporate items that are uniquely Okinawan and reminders of our time here.
Using red and white burlap ribbon, I wrapped a straw wreath form until it was completely covered.
Designer tip: first wrap the wreath form in a solid red and white linen ribbon so the straw isn’t visible through the holes in the burlap. Gather your embellishments and focal and stick them to the wrapped wreath with hot glue.
Sometimes, the best projects are the simplest ones! Needless to say, my husband absolutely loves his handmade gift and I often catch him smiling when he walks past it.
• 12” straw wreath form
By Chrissy Colon