Friday, November 22, 2013

DIY Painted Tote

Ranjani is traveling to India next week (Lucky!) and she said she has little space left in her suitcase! (unfortunately I can't fit in ). I planned to send something from my DIY collection for my Mom and MIL. Something about Fall makes me want to decorate tote bags. I found a pair of plain tote bags in my craft bag. I thought a hand painted tote would be a perfect little gift and this trendy bag will have them saying "no thanks" to plastic bags. So if you want to decorate a tote bag and go green, I am here to help you.

Here's what you will need

  • Canvas Tote Bag
  • Fabric Paint
  • Sponge Brush/Paint Brush
  • Stencil
  • Foam Plate/Palette 
  • Sellotape 
  • Cardboard/Old Magazine

    Step 1 Place a sheet of Cardboard/Magazine inside the bag which would keep the paint from leaking through the bag.

    Step 2 Place the stencil on the bag, pick a design you want to paint and secure it with tape.

    Step 3 Squeeze out some paint on the palette and dip the brush in the paint and start dabbing in up and down motion on the cut-out area of the stencil.


    Step 4 Continue dabbing until the entire area has been painted and slowly peel off the stencil from the bag and you are all done.


    Step 5 Let your imagination run wild! With your desired pattern and colour, repeat the above steps to paint the rest of your bag. Once done let the bag dry for 4-5 hours and don't forget to paint the other side of the bag .

    Here's what I made, Tada!

    Notes (Optional) Wash the bag before starting the project and iron it. Read the instructions on the bag, mine was pre-washed. 

    I really hope they like the totes !! Try it yourself and send us a picture or if you would like to share your design ideas, leave a comment below. Have a nice weekend !

    Linking this post to 

    A life in balance- motivation monday link party
    Gingham & Roses Link Up & Social Media Hop #10

    The 36th Avenue
    Jenerally Informed


    1. good goin :) very nice n creative!!

    2. I love it. I have to do mine.

      Thanks for linking up at "My Favorite Things- Linky Party"
      Be Creative Mommy co-host

      1. Glad u stopped by ! :) thanks for hosting a great party !

    3. That turned out great! I usually put on too much paint. I like the tip for squeezing it out and dabbing. Thanks for linking up at "My Favorite Things- Linky Party"
      Theresa @DearCreatives co-host drop by anytime and hope to see you this week too!

      1. Glad U stopped by ! Thanks for hosting a great party ! Looking forward for next party :)

    4. Thanks so much for linking up on The Wednesday Roundup! I love this tote!!! What a simple and cute DIY! Angela ~ LeMoine Family Kitchen

    5. Thank u !! ♡ looking forward for more such parties

    6. These are very cute. I think you can get the totes on the cheap and use them as gift bags. I've done similar ones using doilies as my stencil, but I like yours better. Thanks for linking up with the MaMade Blog Hop!

      1. I am so chuffed :) Heading over to see your version !


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