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It’s been while since I shared a craft project, and I would love to tell you that this is an easy one, but that would be a lie, and I never lie to you, dear readers. This one is time consuming and a little frustrating at times (though hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and make it easier for yourself). But the good news is that I love the finished product! We are going to be spending a couple of days down in San Clemente next week and I wanted a fun, but functional summer bag. I, much like the rest of the world, am currently obsessed with pineapples and since I couldn’t find a cute pineapple bag, I decided to make one myself.
I ordered this bag from Amazon and then went about creating my pineapple stencil.
Now I was a dumb-dumb and I did not look at the measurements of the bag before I made my stencil, so my first one was too big. And given how much of a pain in the ass making the stencil was, that was lame on my part. So learn from me and measure your space before making your stencil! To make the stencil, I printed out a pineapple image on cardstock.
Then I went about the not so fun part of cutting out the stencil. If you have a Cricut or Silhouette machine (which I do, I was just too lazy to get it out), I’m sure you could do this much simpler, but I went the old-fashioned route and cut out the shapes with an Xacto knife.
You can see why I was super annoyed when I had to go back, resize my pineapple and start the stencil all over again. Anyway, once the stencil is complete, attach it to the bag using painters tape.
My original plan was to paint directly on the stencil, but after seeing some of the bump and ridges in the texture of the bag, I decided to do things the hard way. I traced the stencil onto the bag using fabric markers (though Sharpies would have worked just as well since the bag isn’t actually fabric).
Then I used my super small paint brushes to fill in the pineapple shape with acrylic paint.
And voila! I have to say, this project came out pretty damn close to the picture I had in my head, which doesn’t usually happen when I am crafting. I really like how summery the bag is, and I can’t wait to use it at the beach!
Are you feeling the pineapple obsession as much as I am? Now that I have two complete pineapple stencils, I’m thinking about even more pineapple projects. What should I pineapple next?
Interested in making this project yourself? Click the links below for some of the supplies I used!