Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Crafty with Cardboard

Another completed project for my beach themed shelf, a rusty old anchor. Actually, it's not old, it just looks that way. I am so excited about how it turned out, but I'm even more excited about how I much it cost me...$0! Usually, even cheap projects costs me a little something, but not this one. A cardboard box, tinfoil, paint, and a little sand were all I needed to create this amazing anchor!
 I started by finding an image online of an achor I liked. I made it the right size, printed it, and cut three out of cardboard.
I used foam sticky tabs to add some depth to each one.
Then I stuck the three layers together.
I ripped some tin foil into strips and squares and used Mod Podge to cover the entire anchor.
After it was covered, I did one good coat of Mod Podge over the top to secure any loose pieces. Then, I took it outside and spray painted it a dark brown. While the paint was still wet, I threw it in a pile of sand until it was completely covered and then waited for it to dry.
Faux rusting! I first dabbed on patches of dark brown.
Then, where I hadn't put any brown paint, I dabbed on an lighter brown color.
With a spray bottle, I lightly wet random areas and dabbed on a light blue-gray color. With a paper towel, I blotted off most of the paint.
Finally, I splattered on some orange paint and then dabbed it off.
I made a rope out of jute and threaded it through the hole on top.
Isn't it cool? I love how it turned out!
I put it on the shelf next to the sign I made.



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17 comments:

Mariel said...

Great blog! I wanted to encourage you to submit some posts for a possible feature on "Or so she says..." (www.oneshetwoshe.com_). I think my readers would love your ideas :)

Beth Jackson Klosterboer said...

Wow, if I didn't see the pictures, I'd have never believed that was cardboard. Amazing!

Beth @ Hungry Happenings

Siobhan aka Kiwivandal said...

neat tutorial!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I love anchors..., and you did an awesome job making it look rustic. Really cool!!

Seaweed and Raine said...

Ok, now that is WAY cool! :)
I'd love to have something like that in my house.

Amanda said...

I can't believe that's made from cardboard! You did a fantastic job, great idea with the sand!

Leah said...

I love this - I know you did it as home decor, but I might try one as an accessory for my kids who are going through a pirate phase.

Lindsay said...

That is made out of cardboard?? You are SO creative! I am impressed!

Thanks for sharing this at Show & Share! Please come back next week, you have lots to offer!

Leckeres fuer Mensch und Katze - Goodies for a pleasant life said...

Nice ancor :)

abeachcottage said...

That looks like a real anchor! You did a seriously great job :) Well done!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

I cannot believe this is cardboard! How creative & fun. Thanks for sharing it at my linky party. Please do come back again next week.

Warmly, Michelle

Katie said...

Angie you did a wonderful job on this faux anchor! Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week. We hope you'll join us again this week for another edition of What's Up Wednesdays!

Amber said...

Okay, so this is really cool. Good job!

scarlettred41816@aol.com said...

I just found your blog. Love love your ideas, and gonna try some this weekend and I joined thru GFC!

Brasspaperclip said...

Very very cool! I'm planning a pirate themed party and this will be an awesome decoration. May need to try out the aging technique on some candlesticks and platters too. :)

Thanks for sharing!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Your anchor looks great, very nice!! I've got this linked to my nautical post too today, for some seaside inspiration!

Max Luna said...

Okay, so this is really cool. Good job!

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