Love decorating with things that have a nautical theme? Do you display shells, lighthouses, dolphins and similar items in a particular room – or throughout the house? Then you’ll definitely be interested in a unique nautical shelf that’s made from a pool float. The float can be a blow-up plastic one, or even a stiff Styrofoam float, as long as it’s round. These types of floats can be made into a nice shelf you’ll love. It’s exactly what you’re missing!
If you’re using a blow-up float for this project you’ll have the best luck if you start with it being deflated. Choose the wood piece you want to use as the shelf. The piece should be exactly as long as the width of the center of the float. While the float is inflated measure across the opening in the center of the float. The wood should be cut to that size. You can get wooden slabs cut for free at most any large home improvement store. Sand the ends of the shelf to ensure they don’t poke a hole in the float.
Position the wood inside the opening of the float. The shelf should be flush with the backside of the float. As you blow up the float, keep the shelf steady inside the float. The finished shelf is then hung by the shelf itself. Use picture hanging hardware to hang it.
If you’re using a Styrofoam float the shelf must still be the exact size of the float’s opening. With this version it’s not absolutely necessary to sand the ends of the wood. Simply push the shelf tightly into the opening and hang the finished shelf in the same manner as the blow-up float.
For the blow-up float you can use stickers, paint markers and even glue-on embellishments to decorate it. For the Styrofoam version you can use those same embellishments but you can also paint it (before adding the shelf) or use decorative tacks. If you want, you can attach a rope handle to either one of the floats to add yet another nautical accent.
The shelves take only a few minutes to make and can hold any number of your favorite nautical things. Use them to display small statuettes, shells, candles, lighthouses and even picture frames. You’ll absolutely love it!