Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday Funday - DIY Color Block Tote

Hello, readers!
I have a lovely DIY for you today. Super easy and super cute.

If I didn't already mention it, I work at a craft store, so I'm always finding inspiration for new projects.
As an employee there, I also get to take classes for free. So my sister and I signed up for a Wilton cake decorating class. It starts next Tuesday and I can't wait.

After looking over the syllabus and supply list, I realized that I do not have an appropriate bag to carry my cake decorating supplies in. That is when the light bulb went on. Instead of spending too much money on a bag I am not crazy about, I'll just decorate my own tote bag. I am still loving the neon and colorblocking trend, so I combined the two together for this DIY.

I found my tote bag in the t-shirt aisle at Michael's. It's an off white color and was only $3.99 (*$2.39 after using my 40% off coupon). I started by taping off the section that I wanted to paint. I only had masking tape, so you can't see it on the bag, but you can see the ends of the tape. Use your imagination to connect the two pieces of tape.

I love neon pinks, purples, and especially yellow-greens (Have you seen my bathing suit?).
They make up the majority of my wardrobe and accessories, so I opted for a neon orange fabric paint.
I used Tulip fabric paint in Fiesta Orange. Not only is it neon, but it has a slight sparkle to it as well.
All I did was paint the bottom of the bag, under the tape.

After the paint dried and I removed my tape, I realized the bag still needed something.
Enter some gold sequin trim!

I hot glued the trim right where the off white ends and the orange begins.
Hot glue was kind of a pain to work with, so next time I think I will try to use fabric glue instead.

Here is a close up.

I absolutely love it! I'm not really a fan of orange, but it works really well with the off white bag and the gold trim. It is simple, yet trendy.
Most importantly, it will be the perfect bag to tote my class supplies in!

Hope you like it as much as I do.
And as always, if you make your own tote bag, show us what you come up with!

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  1. That's so awesome! I love the way it came out. I love the neon & colorblocking trends too. I've been looking for a DIY project to attempt and this seems like it might be easy enough.

  2. awesome and easy! Love it, thanks for sharing!!

  3. What kind of brush did you use to paint it... i feel like I would make streaks in the paint... :(

  4. I used a foam paint brush. No streaks :)