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.
- 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)
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?