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Today I’m sharing with you how I made this darling little baker’s twine wrapped anchor for the baby’s room, but this tutorial can open the door to so much more.
I chose an anchor along with red and white baker’s twine since it fit the theme of his nautical nursery, but you could do the exact same process with a different shape, or a monogram or even a full word or phrase. As long as you can trace the outline of something, you can create it in three dimensions.
I actually created a 30 second movie of the process, but I've also included all the nitty gritty details below (if you are a video person):
First I created the shape I wanted to use in photoshop. Here is my anchor. If you want a different shape, you can always google you shape name + silhouette and typically you can find outlines that would be perfect for this. Or you an always use block letters or numbers. Those would work great too.
Next you need your foam core supplies. I found all of what I needed at Walmart. Along with foam core boards, I used Scotch® brand double sided permanent tape, utility knife, and foam mounting squares. The huge variety of products from Scotch Brand® makes crafting and home dec projects so much easier. They carry everything from spay adhesive to masking tape!
You can find everything you need in the craft section, but you can also check the office supply section, since I found all my Scotch® Brand products in both places at my Walmart. You also can find Command™ products in the crafting section, if you want to hang your finished project on the wall without damaging the surface.
To create your shape, you first need to print out your silhouette at the exact size you want the final piece to be. (I made mine 11 inches tall) and then using the double sided tape, stick it to the foam core so it doesn’t slide around.
Using the utility knife, cut around the silhouette, making sure to go all the way through the foam core. You don’t have to be perfect since you are going to wrap the shape with baker’s twine.
Repeat this process for another layer of foam core. You can reuse the same silhouette or print a fresh one. Depending on how thick you want your shape to be you may want three or even four layers of foam core.
Sandwich your foam core shapes using the foam mounting squares.
Now that you have your final shape, you want to decorate it. You could paint it or wrap it in fabric or yarn. I used baker’s twine since the colors were what I needed. To keep the twine from shifting, I added double stick tape to the outside of the shape.
I did need to use hot glue to secure the ends of the twine, but the double stick tape was especially effective on the wide flat areas.
The final product:
I think it looks adorable in the nursery. And you would never know how easy it was!
If you are looking for more summer crafting ideas like this one, be sure to visit 3M’s inspiration for summer fun.
Or for a similar craft idea check out my cat litter bucket to nautical tote (apparently I have a thing for anchors!)