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Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag

Set sail on a creative expedition with stencil craft ideas. Create an anchor stencil on a piece of freezer paper and use masking tape to create stripes. You can even use a canvas tote you already have to make a Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag from Savannah Starr.

Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag


  • Canvas tote
  • Pencil
  • Anchor pattern
  • Scissors
  • Fabric paint – red, blue
  • Fabric markers
  • Freezer paper
  • Blue low-mask tape
  • Cosmetic sponges
  • Paper plate
  • Clothesline rope
  • Optional: hair dryer


  1. Trace pattern on to dull side of freezer paper.

    Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag
  2. Cut inside pattern line.

    Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag
  3. Use masking tape to mask lines on tote.

    Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag
  4. Repeat to cover entire front side of tote.

    Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag
  5. Pour paint onto paper plate. Dab into paint with cosmetic sponge. Dab several times onto plate and then dab onto tote. Do not over-saturate with paint. If needed, add second coat of paint.

    Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag
  6. Let paint dry or accelerate drying with hair dryer. Pull off tape to reveal painted stripes.

    Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag
  7. Place pattern shiny side down onto tote.

    Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag
  8. Use warm iron to iron pattern onto tote.

    Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag
  9. Dab blue paint over pattern. Do not over-saturate with paint. Use hair dryer to accelerate drying process. Repeat to apply second coat of paint.

    Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag
  10. Gently pull up stencil. Let paint dry completely.

    Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag
  11. Use fabric marker to draw around anchor design. Tie clothesline into bows on handles of tote.

    Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag

    Stenciled Anchor Tote Bag

For a comprehensive photo tutorial of this project, check out How to Paint an Anchor Canvas Tote.


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Clearly, this type of DIY is one that I am not familiar with. I love the look of the painted canvas. The red, white, and blue nautical look with the anchor is on point! What I did not know about is this so called freezer paper. No idea what that is! Seems like there are multiple ways to use it!


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