Monday, April 21, 2014

Hand-painted Tote Bag



Now that Easter has come and gone I've been focusing on Mother's Day gifts. As always, I'm looking for ways to save money and stay budget-conscious, even in my gift-giving. While poking around Pinterest I saw some adorable totes that would be perfect as gifts EXCEPT for the $150 price tag!!! I knew I could create something very similar at a much better price.


I found this tote at Through the Country Door online. They have some really cute home decor and home living items!! I got this tote on sale for $10! The paint and brushes, which I already had, came from Michael's and I used my Silhouette Cameo to create a template for the design.


First, I created the flamingo template using my Silhouette Cameo and cut it out of cardstock.


Next, using a black Sharpie, I traced the shape onto the bag.


Finally, I hand-painted the flamingo using black craft paint. I used a fine-tip brush around the edges and then filled in with a sponge brush and a coarse medium-sized brush to make sure I got the paint into all the nooks and crannies of the woven material.




For a bit of fun I decided to add a big black and white polka-dot bow too.

What mom wouldn't love to get a great bag like this for Mother's Day? You could add any design, even a monogram.


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15 comments:

  1. This is so cute. Now I'm gonna start looking for stuff to paint on! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks!! I love when one idea spills over to create so many more projects.

      ~Cheryl

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  2. Adorable! I would love one of these for Mother's Day...perfect for a day at the beach!

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    1. Yay!!! I also discovered its the perfect size for my laptop!

      ~Cheryl
      http://snaps-of-ginger.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! I love finding projects anyone can do.

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  4. I love how this bag turned out. It looks even better than those high priced totes! I'm ready for summer now with one of these totes :)

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait to make more of them!

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  5. I am IN LOVE with this idea!!! I would love to make a bunch of these for my sister and mother, as well as my boyfriend's sister and his mom....and of course, one for me! Thanks for sharing great ideas like this one! :)

    Amanda
    www.730moments.com

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    1. Yay!! I'm so glad. I want to make a lot more. But I did keep one back for myself too.

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  6. That would be a perfect bag for the beach! Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings : )

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  7. aaaaaaaand I've found the perfect mother's day gift to share with the 9-year-old. I'll let her pick the bag and stencil. I'll handle the Sharpie duty.

    Making a second trip thanks to the Hump Day Happenings.

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  8. Love this! I love flamingos. :) I'm featuring you tonight at Do Tell Tuesday.

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    1. Awesome! Thank you so much. I'll be sure to promote it.

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