Pottery Barn Inspired Wooden Buoys

Pottery Barn Inspired Wooden Buoys

I just adore the nautical feel these wooden buoys add to your summertime decor – they’re full of coastal charm. How cute would be adorning your deck for the next crab feast! You can find a set of three at Pottery Barn for $59 or using a few woods scraps you can create your own for next to nothing!I began with a few scraps of pressure treated posts. {we have been working on some deck furniture, I can’t wait to share, and had several of these left over} You can make them any length you wish, staggering each one for a nice complete set. The two shown in this tutorial are 12 1/2 inches and 13 1/2 inches tall, both made with 3X3’s. They also sell 4×4’s and 6×6’s that can be used for a variety in the widths.On each of the four sides of the post you want to measure and mark according to the diagram above. Measure in across the top 1 inch from each side, and mark. Measure down 4 inches on each side, and mark. Connect each side marking to the top marking using a straight edge.Cut all your guidelines out on each side using a circular saw. {those are not my manly hands =) hubby helped with this part so I could take pics}

Once completed use a hand drill to drill out a hole near the top {as shown in the diagram above} The size of your bit should depend on the diameter of your sisal roping. I used a 1/4 inch bit. Sand your piece using a palm sander and distress if desired.

You can get really creative with the colors however I played it safe with my favorite red and blues to match with my other decor. I used Americana Berry Red DA019 and Americana Prussian Blue DA138 for my base colors. {the light blue is a custom mix of acrylics} I used foam brushes from Rockler to apply the paint instead of a regular brush. By using the foam the acrylics go on a little more like a stain so you can still can the wood grain, which I love. Painters tape was used to create the two tone stripes.

The wonderful ladies over at Design Divas made some custom vinyl numbers for me which added the perfect finishing touch.

They arrive already sized to fit perfectly; just align, peel, and stick. I ordered two custom sizes; 2 inch {white} and 3 inch {red}.

To complete the look fish through some sisal roping and knot the ends together. {Sisal roping can be found in hardware stores and even Walmart – it comes in several different diameters; I used the 1/4 inch}

I still may distress these however I’m loving the bright vivid colors they add to my deck right now. Enjoy!


  1. What a great idea! Perfect Knock off! 🙂

  2. As soon as I saw them I thought easy DIY and we already have the wood scraps.
    You chose wonderful colors. I am thinking to maybe paint our house numbers in one?
    Or the boat license numbers, or anything significant. Vinyl is a good choice too.
    I was also thinking distreeing a little, but here the weather will do it for me quick enough.


  3. just stopping by to say hello! Found you over at Patchwork Chronicles!

  4. Love it I so want to make some!!!

  5. What a great knock off! Well done!!!

  6. 3 for $59???? Do they know what we could make for $59? I love it! And I do love Pottery Barn. They just keep coming up with amazing ideas….that I can rip off for 1/4 of the price! Thanks PB!

    Great job, as usual!

  7. Love these!!! I wish I had a fun place to hang something like this. Okay, and the power tools to make them. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


  8. Love them! I have seen the buoys and love them, now I know we can make our own! Thanks for the instructions and idea!


  9. Great job. I just found tiny buoys at the Christmas Tree Shop.

  10. Looks great! Thanks for posting where you got the vinyl numbering. I am currently working on a laundry room riser that I need to label. I bought Silhoutte vinyl that I plan on tracing and exacto knifing but if that falls through (which after actually typing out my game plan it does seem sketchy!)I will have a back up plan! 🙂

  11. Very clever!!! I love that!!!

  12. NO WAY! Bridgette and I were just talking about trying to make some of these for my bathroom (I have a ship/ocean theme going on)! These are fantastic!!

  13. You are AMAZING! Where do you find the time to make all of these amazing ideas as well as share with all of us how to do it? You are my hero!
    Smiles from Texas!

  14. This is on my project list! We must be telepatically linked!! :)I have been admiring the PB version too! I actually found a great buoy at GW {WHY would anyone give it away!!}and I cut two more out to be painted! I am doing them for Logan’s room…I hope mine turn out this great,they look fantastic!

  15. Oh goodness! Aren’t you just so clever!! I love the colors you used and the numbers. Really cute!!

  16. The buouys turned out great! Love that look Ü

  17. Those turned out perfect! Just like PB’s. I’m way impressed!

  18. Yours are cuter than the originals. Great job!!! Happy 4th! Love & blessings from NC!

  19. Wow Stephanie! I don’t leave many comments, but I just love coming by to see what you’ve been up to, and you never cease to amaze me with all that you get done! And it is all so cool! These buoys are awesome, and I’m sure look every bit as good as PB!! Thanks so much for all of the inspiration!
    Have a great Fourth!

  20. WOW! AMAZING … and sooo clever! Very impressed.
    And so fun & festive for 4th of July decorating!
    Have a sweet weekend Stephanie.

  21. Stephanie! You are too much girl! I love seeing all the great stuff you come up with! Thanks for inspiring!

  22. Stephanie, I want you to know I truly enjoy seeing your projects, but I just had the pleasure to see your wooden American Flag, which is fabulous! I had to bookmark that one to do.

  23. Wow, these are incredible. What a fab way to reuse wood scraps and turn them into something beautiful.

  24. These are GREAT!!! I want to do a nautical themed playroom and these would be fabulous in there.

    Just Another Day in Paradise

  25. Stephanie these are so super cool!!! You seriously amaze me!

  26. Love them! So colorful and I think they’d look great distressed.

  27. Love you DIY projects… they make me drool. Found your blog when you posted the cereal box starburst mirror and have loved it ever since!

  28. Fabulous and Creative – that’s you! They look amazing!! Great job! Have a Happy 4th!!
    ~Terrell @ FFD~

  29. love ’em!

  30. Hi Stephinie Lynn-

    Just got back from a trip where I saw lots and lots of these bouys in the water. A very clever way to make them as a decorating accent. I also wanted to thank-you for featuring my Rolodex project in your Sunday Showcase. I put one of your buttons on my featured page. Thanks so much. I hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July weekend. I know from your posts that your home is all ready to go.
    Mt best- Diane

  31. OK, I am TOTALLY making these for my beach style guest house. Thanks! Lisa~

  32. So completely COOL! I love them!

  33. Cute, cute, cute!

  34. Those would make the coolest nautical house number signs. Very creative!

  35. I looked at these in another store the other day. Great job, Stephanie Lynn, I wish you’d stop showing us all up :).

  36. These are so cute…I made Pumpkins the same way – cut just as yours and painted orange with cute faces – never thought to make buoys!

  37. It is so funny. I just picked up an old post that has been sitting outside my mom’s house for 5 years. I thought it had just enough weathering for a project like this. I’m so glad you posted some directions. I can’t wait to do this. I hope mine will look as good as yours!

  38. These are pretty clever! I love nautical stuff–great job! Jacqueline

  39. Great job! I’ve been seeing these EVERYWHERE lately and have also been thinking about how easy they would be to DIY. Great tutorial – thanks!

  40. Your’s are great! I actually have a few of the PB ones (got them at the outlet!) and then Home Goods had their own version of them. They are all happily hanging on my gazebo!


  41. Those came out very well, but you things always do. Dropping by from BNOP. Hope you’ll stop by and see our bed pillows. Jane F.

  42. Great job!


  43. These would look great here at the lakehouse! Thank you for sharing. Great job!!
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  44. You are so clever! I saw these in the catalog and wanted them. If there had been some way to get them with specific numbers (like birthdays or anniversary), I think I would have ordered them. Yours are the perfect solution. Thanks so much for sharing these with us.

  45. Those are so fun! Thanks so much for the great tutorial, I’ll be linking.

  46. I like the bright colors on the wood too instead of the distressed. Excellent work here! Pam @ Sallygoodin

  47. These are sooo cool. I love how they turned out!

  48. Hi Stephanie, I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. 🙂 My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

    Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here

    If you would like a “featured by” button, let me know 😉

  49. I really like these! And definitely something I think is doable for me 🙂 Thanks so much.

  50. Seriously you come up with the best ideas. I’ve been pinning everything.


  51. I actually baught 3 of these from PB for my balcony. Wish I had seen this first:) Your are beautiful and even more vivid colors.

  52. Where can I purchase this floats?



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