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DIY Kracken Summer Beach Bag

DIY summer Kracken Beach Bag from 3 #summer #beach #pool #diybag
It is definitely summer time here in Florida.

We had a few days last week of hot and humid 90 degree weather. I love Florida, but this is the time of year where I extra-love having a pool in Florida! Most days I think it beats a 20 minute haul out to the beach. Even though it’s my own backyard, I still carry all my stuff out to the pool in a bag. That was all the excuse I needed to make a new one :-)

This canvas bag, stenciled with acrylic and adorned with rhinestones and a cute “kracken” charm is my new pool / beach time bag.

You’ll Need:

  • Canvas Bag with rope handles
  • Cardstock paper
  • Acrylic paint & brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Quick grip spray mount
  • Embroidery thread
  • Hot glue / fabric glue / multipurpose glue
  • Charm (optional)

Kracken Stencil – Free to Download

First, measure and cut out your stencil. I used my silhouette cutter for the stencil, and it Kracken was 6.5 inches wide. (the bag was 14 inches wide).

I’ve made this stencil available for download for free from my website. The download contains both a silhouette cutter file, as well as a printable .pdf that can be cut out with an exacto-knife. You might also like my Free Anchor Silhouette File for another version of this project.

Once the stencil is cut out of cardstock, spray it with quick grip spray adhesive and press it onto the bag. It will easily pull off the canvas after and will not leave much residue. Paint in your stencil and remove.

Once the stenciled paint has dried, cover it with a circle cut out of cardstock. (my circle had an 8 inch diameter) Tape it down with stripes of painters tape, and then paint your stripes with a different color.

Move onto the back. You could again repeat the process with the same design, or just paint stripes again (which is what I chose to do.)

Touch up whatever paint edges need it.

To wrap the handle, I glued one end of embroidery thread onto the handle and proceeded to wrap the whole thing, covering the ends. This will only work if you have a rope handle, rather then a flat canvas handle. When a new string it needed the end is glued down and wrapped over by the previous string. When the first string has about an inch left, start wrapping with the new string and finish with that one.

The final details added were rhinestone eyes for the kracken as well as a rhinestone kracken charm I found at the craft store.

Right after taking the final photos of this bag, it started to rain… and I haven’t really gotten to USE it yet, but I’m very excited, now just bring back the sun! Any pool or beach plans this summer? How much do you usually carry to the beach?


DIY summer Kracken Beach Bag from 3 #summer #beach #pool #diybag

DIY summer Kracken Beach Bag from 3 #summer #beach #pool #diybag

DIY summer Kracken Beach Bag from 3 #summer #beach #pool #diybag

DIY summer Kracken Beach Bag from 3 #summer #beach #pool #diybag

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  1. So cute!!

  2. Robin~AllThingsHeartandHome says:

    What a GREAT idea and thank you for the cute download! I’m so happy you linked up with Twirl and Take a Bow! ox (pinning :) )

  3. Super cute bag! Lovely idea! Love the octopus charm too! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a fabulous week!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  4. I love this bag!

  5. Very cute! And great photos… makes me want to leave work and hang out at the pool! Thanks for the idea… pinning for later 😉


  6. Crystelle Boutique says:

    Your bag is adorable! I guess if i want to be as cool as you I need a silhouette…… :( :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

    • Kristy O says:

      Ya, the silhouette is awesome. I love mine. But I did include a .pdf file in the stencil… You can print it on cardstock, and cut out the black parts to make the stencil by hand :-)

  7. Love, Love this bag! I may make one for the pool in my backyard…I pack a bag too! Thanks for sharing at Hit Me With Your Best Shot…I’m excited to discover you.

  8. This is soooo cute! My son would love this on a shirt or even his own beach bag :)

  9. This so so totally happening! I love this! What a great idea… though I might use the stencil for a thrifted crossbody bag I have that just needs a little something extra to really fit my style. Pinned!

  10. Love, love, love this! Such a cute bag for the pool or the beach!

  11. Love this bag!! This would be a great way to make kids their own beach bags! Now you’ve got my wheels turning. :)

  12. This bag is adorable! And best of all, it looks easy enough that even I can do it without making a complete mess!

    I only live about 10 minutes from the beach, but I wish I had a pool in my backyard–it would be so much easier to stay cool in the summer. :)

  13. That is super fun! You chose the perfect summer color, IMO.

  14. Very cool! I love the octopus and the stripes and the fact that no one else has a bag like it!

  15. Could have fooled me, I would have thought that came from a store. I really love it I want to do one with seahorses and strips. Love this idea!

    • Kristy O says:

      Awesome idea! I was thinking of making a bundle of summer stencils. A seahorse would be a great addition!

  16. Such an awesome DIY, and the little charm is such a cute detail. Stopping by from the sits post :)


  17. This is soooo cute!! It makes me want to go out and make a beach bag myself! I am thinking stripes or chevron with birds. Getting the crafting bug!!

  18. so cute- I love it!! And thanks for including the link to a free download of the outline :)

  19. Oh my this would be fun to do with my son for sure and we love sea creatures.

  20. What a cute bag! Your photos are amazing too.

  21. Ah that is so amazing! I was looking for a gift for a friend of mine and she ADORES octopuses! Great DIY, I’ll definitely try it! Thanks for sharing :)

  22. Gorgeous bag!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

  23. Adorable! I’ve featured it at Worthwhile Wednesdays!

  24. So cute!!! I love the kraken, and thanks for the awesome download! I featured this on my blog today and I’m just stopping by to pin it! Thanks so much for sharing at Creativity Unleashed!

  25. So cute at summery! I picked it to feature at the Do Tell Tuesday party today. Come grab a featured button, and thanks for linking up!

  26. Oh how I love theee! Stopping by to let you know I will be featuring them tomorrow on Made in a Day P3 Features! Thanks so much for pinning them to the party!


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