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4th of July Anchor Sign with Dollar Tree Wood

This anchor sign was made for the 4th of July using Dollar Tree supplies! It’s easy to make and adds a touch of patriotic bling to your decor.

Skills Required: Intermediate. You should have experience with Mod Podge and napkins to do this project. It’s a little more difficult than normal with the shape of the wood.

4th of July anchor sign with dollar tree supplies

Hi friends! I’m so excited to share this Fourth of July craft with you today. Why? Because I have a weird obsession with anchors . . . I like stars . . . and I also love Dollar Tree shopping.

Which is where this anchor came from in the first place!

If you saw my nautical 4th of July wall decor, I explained how I was enjoying their summer display when I found that wood boat wheel. Well – on that same trip, I found this wood anchor!

I grabbed some stars left over from the fireworks plaque project I did, and also used the red and dark blue glitter paints from that craft.

And that’s how this 4th of July anchor sign was born!

fourth of july wood anchor side

There was no doubt that I wanted to use the glitter paint again in another Fourth of July decor project. I mean . . . it’s so sparkly and fun!

Add to that – I’ve been doing more paper napkin decoupage lately. And if you’ve never tried this “iron on” method of Mod Podge, you’ve got to give it a try – I promise it’s for you.

There’s some painting in this project, but it’s relaxing. Just take your time and enjoy the process of making this anchor sign. First, here’s what you’re going to need.

Gather These Supplies

  • Large wood anchor shape – Dollar Tree
  • Small wood anchor
  • Wood stars – 3
  • Wood letters – spelling OH BUOY
  • Craft paint – white, silver metallic, dark blue, red
  • Glitterific paint – red, dark blue
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Red, white, and blue striped napkin
  • Baker’s twine – red and white
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue
  • Craft glue
  • Mini craft iron
  • Parchment paper
  • Emery board
  • Scissors
  • Clear acrylic sealer (optional)

Tips and Thoughts for This Project

You don’t *have* to paint the anchor white, however, it makes the colors of the napkin pop. Since it’s easy to do, I always do it. You can use spray paint, but craft paint is cheaper and just as fast with a roller.

Use a basic formula of Mod Podge. The finish is below the napkin, so it doesn’t matter which one because you won’t see it. I recommend Gloss, Matte, or Satin.

I didn’t seal the napkin on top with Mod Podge. You can, but it might wrinkle. If it does, you can re-iron it (use the parchment paper again). Another option is to use a clear acrylic sealer on top (spray). Apply after the napkin sets and then let dry.

You might want to use craft glue with the letters and stars because it doesn’t dry right away. You can move the letters around slightly after placing to make sure you’re happy before they dry.

4th of July anchor sign with dollar tree supplies

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4th of July Anchor Sign

4th of July anchor sign with dollar tree supplies

Learn how to decorate a wood anchor from Dollar Tree for the Fourth! This is a fun patriotic craft.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Active Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Dry Time 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $5


  • Large wood anchor shape
  • Small wood anchor
  • Wood stars - 3
  • Wood letters - spelling OH BUOY
  • Craft paint - white, silver metallic, dark blue, red
  • Glitterific paint - red, dark blue
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Red, white, and blue striped napkin
  • Baker's twine - red and white
  • Craft glue
  • Parchment paper
  • Clear acrylic sealer (optional)


  • Hot glue gun and hot glue
  • Mini craft iron
  • Emery board
  • Scissors


  1. Paint the wood using white craft paint. Roll on one side, let dry, and flip over. Paint other side and let dry.Painting a wood anchor with white craft paint
  2. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the wood; don't do the edges. Let dry 15-20 minutes and repeat.Painting two layers of Mod Podge on a painted wood anchor
  3. While the Mod Podge is drying, separate the napkin from the bottom layers. You can use tape to help. You just want the top layer with the design.Separating a red, blue, and white striped napkin
  4. Place the napkin down onto the wood and align. Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the napkin, and run the craft iron across the top several times. While you are doing this, the Mod Podge is melting below the napkin, and the napkin is adhering. Keep going until the napkin is fully adhered, including the edgesIroning the striped napkin down on the anchor
  5. Let the wood cool after ironing. Use an emery board to gently sand away the excess napkin. Sanding at an angle works very well. Continue until all the extra napkin is removed. It's going to take a minute to get around all the edges.Using the emery board to remove the excess napkin front the anchor
  6. Paint the anchor, stars, and wood letters with the craft paint colors of your choice. Don't forget to paint the edges. Let dry.painting the small wood anchor with blue paint and the small red star with red paint
  7. Use a spouncer to apply glitter to the top of the stars and to the anchor. Let dry and apply as many coats as desired.painting the blue anchor with blue glitter paint and the red star with red glitter paint
  8. Glue down all the wood embellishments. I attached the wood letters, the stars, and the star to the front of the anchor.Gluing the wood stars and letters to the ends of the anchor
  9. Cut a long length of red and white twine. Hot glue one end to the anchor and wrap around several times. Glue in place again and let set.wrapping the red and white baker's twine around the top of the blue anchor and then gluing into place
  10. Tie around the top of the wood anchor to hang off, and knot in place. Use the remaining twine to hang (trim with scissors).Tying the small glitter anchor onto the larger anchor

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