Until now, I have been oblivious to the nautical craze that has been going around the fashion world. Not that it should come as a surprise, when it comes to fashion, I am always out of the loop. Today, I am trying my hand at easing my way into this new trend with a fun DIY stamped tote.
I found my inspiration for this here.
All three of these bags were so easy to make and the materials were cheap. For both of the stencils, I just Googled “anchor” and “sailboat” to find a free print, printed the picture on cardstock, and used the X-acto knife to cut the insides out.
The first bag I made was the ombre anchor design. I used three different blues lighter to darker to create the ombre effect. I marked on the stencil the level at which I wanted to change colors to keep it even.
Just lay the bag flat with a piece of cardboard inside to keep the paint from bleeding through and tape the stencil on the bag.
Starting with the lightest color, dip the tip of the eraser into the paint and stamp it onto the bag. I dipped every other stamping in order to create a different effect, but you could definitely dip every time for darker dots. I also spaced my dots out a little bit.
Once I was done, I just left the bag to dry for about an hour. The paint says to wait at least 72 hours until you wash them.
For the sailboat bag, I used dark blue, light blue, red, and silver glitter paint. I marked the sail where I wanted each of the stripes to start and stop to give me a little guidance.
I did the same stamping technique as before with the pencil eraser.
The star bag was done a little different. I cut a star shape out on sticky back foam with my X-acto knife and stuck the star to a stamp block.
I poured some black paint onto a plate and put a piece of felt on top of it to create my stamp pad.
Then, just put the star stamp into the paint and stamp away. It didn’t turn out perfectly, but I kind of like it like that.
If I hadn’t gotten so lazy, I would have also done the bags up like this post, but alas, I did not.
Have you gotten into the nautical trend? Have you created any DIY nautical pieces? Leave me a comment letting me know!