Make your own Coastal Anchor Welcome Sign in minutes! Start with an old plaque and a wood craft anchor to have a beach themed sign to greet your guests.
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I’ve had this wood craft anchor in my craft stash for a while and I’ve been meaning to use it for a welcome sign. I finally decided to get it done.
Coastal Anchor Welcome Sign
I saw these signs at Walmart last Christmas and this one made its way to my local Goodwill. It was only $1.99 and I knew I could strip it down to a bare board pretty easily.
The anchor had been painted white a while ago when I was planning on using it. It started out as an unfinished wood craft.
The sign was covered with a thin layer of paper with the decorations and words on top. I used a flat head screwdriver to pry off the figures and then ran water over the paper. It peeled off easily. Once it was dry, I painted it with ivory chalk paint.
I used a combination of blue and gray chalk paint to paint the anchor. Sand paper and twine were used to give the anchor a weather worn look.
I wanted to give the sign a weather worn sea look, too. To do that, I used a combination of blue, gray, and white chalk paint. As a streak of paint was added, I used a lint free cloth to wipe the excess paint away. After doing that several times, the sign was looking the way I wanted it to.
The dark streaks of paint needed to blend in more. I used a small sponge pouncer to add paint dots, then wiped over them with a cloth.
How to Add Twine to the Anchor
Adding twine to the anchor gives it more dimension and helps to make it stand out against the board.
- Wrap the twine around the anchor as shown below.
- Use hot glue on the back side of the anchor to hold the twine in place.
- Once the twine is wrapped from top to bottom, add hot glue and pull the twine to one side of the anchor.
- Wrap it several times just above the hook.
- Repeat for the other side.
- Braid three pieces of twine together.
- Attach the braid with hot glue to the back of the anchor.
- Loop the braid around the front of the anchor and back over.
- Glue the end of the braid to the back of the anchor.
Since the back of the anchor was no longer a smooth surface, I measured and cut a strip of felt to go over the twine. It’s hot glued in place. This will help to attach the anchor to the sign. I glued the anchor to the sign with hot glue.
Use medium grit sand paper to rough up the edges of both the sign and the anchor.
Using Cricut Design Space, I found the word Welcome with a curve to it in images. It actually said “Welcome Baby”. I cut it using my Cricut Air Explore 2.
Display your DIY Coastal Anchor Welcome Sign
After weeding and using transfer tape, adding “Welcome” was the final touch for the sign.
Supply List for Coastal Welcome Wall Art
- Thrift Store Find Plaque
- Chalk Paint
- Foam Brushes
- Lint Free Cloth
- Sand Paper
- Craft Wood Anchor
- Hot Glue
- Cricut Air Explore 2
- Transfer Tape
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