A sailor's knot wreath is just about as authentic as you can get when decorating in the nautical theme, and looks great outdoors as well as indoors. For the Fourth of July, a simple ribbon brings together the theme for the holiday and can be removed for the rest of the summer.
This idea comes from our friend Ashley Poskin. The Turk's head knot—or sailor's knot—is a decorative knot made from one continuous length of rope, intertwined to make a closed loop. The knot can be tied in a cylinder, or formed into a flat mat like we've done, making it a perfect door wreath. The knots are classified by the number of "leads" and "bights," ours is a three-lead, five-bight Turk's head knot. "Leads" refer to the number of crossings, while "bights" are the points in the center of the wreath.
Choose any type of rope, but for our project we chose a cotton rope. If you use manila rope, be sure to wear gloves when tying your knots to protect your hands from splinters. Another helpful tidbit is to work on a somewhat scratchy surface if possible. This process was photographed on the back side of masonite board, which grabbed at the rope, helping it to stay in place while it was being tugged around.