Anchor Tote -- Pinterest Inspired

I am a total Pinterest addict, love it almost as much as my morning cup of coffee. Almost! And recently someone introduced me to did I not know of this before????? I will bath less just to have time to peruse these sites! So.many.good.ideas!

Kim @ The Kim Six Fix blog inspired this anchor tote. I discovered her version via Pinterest and added it my gift ideas board. Since my sister loves anchors, this seemed like a fun gift to make for her.

Kim told no lies when she said it took forever to wrap the rope around, and around, and around....

The differences between her version and mine is that I used this container instead of a Tidy Cat Litter container. Found it on my weekly Trash-day Treasure Hunting.

Also, I didn't paint the inside since it was white.

Using soap, water, and elbow grease, I removed the sticker so it wouldn't show between the ropes.

Created a handmade stencil from this wooden craft anchor & a macaroni box. It worked like a charm once secured with painters tape.

I opted to keep the lid and the original handle, they were too convenient to bypass.

It was a back-and-forth conversation with myself on what to do to the lid.

Nautical style-stripes?
More rope or cord?
Add the wooden anchor to the top?

Ended up Mod Podge-ing map pieces with some rope around the edges. Turned out cute.

side view with cord wrapped handle

without lid, front view

Inside the tote I added this storage container from Target & an elephant bag from Dollar Tree (she also likes elephants). Eventually a couple books were tossed in, too, not pictured.

Not too shabby a job.
Happy very-early birthday sister! 

UPDATE: my sister texted this pic of her new yarn caddy. :) 

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  1. This is adorable Audra! I think you have more patience than me to wrap that rope! I love it and the cute anchor stencil you made!

  2. Audra,
    You know you have the most creative ideas and they turn out so cute!
    Thank you for dropping by the Tea Party too, it was so fun to have you!

  3. I love this! The anchor looks great against the rope.Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  4. This is seriously adorable. I never would have guessed you had a container in there. Love it!!! #SizzleintoSummer

  5. So cute! I just painted on anchor on the front of my luggage! Love the nautical look!

  6. seriously! Love the creativity. I love covering stuff in jute, too! I'm going to have to start doing more with it again. Thanks so much for sharing this true trash to treasure. :)

  7. so totally fab! what a great job you did and so great you shared the tute and inspiration with us! I will never look at an empty bucket the same way again that's for sure. Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdodle - please stop by our upcycle link party too - this month is nature but any upcycle craft is welcome!

  8. Stopping back by to let you know your anchor tote is featured on Across the Boulevard for this week's Snickerdoodle Sunday Party. I hope you'll share with us again today.

  9. You have a great blog and do great things.
    many greetings

  10. This looks so nice - I'm sure she loved it! It's amazing what a little rope can do. Nice work!

  11. Love the tote! So cute. Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see you again at the little, blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  12. Audra, the Weekly Feature Series is live. Head on over to check out your feature and the other 24 features from the week. Here is the link so you can check it out. Have a lovely Sunday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  13. Your totes look great! I love the anchors!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party


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