It's been a minute since I've written a blog post. I thought a nice way to ease back into blogging would be to write about these fun straw totes I DIY'd for my sister-in-law's bachelorette trip to The Bahamas. Although I made these way back in December, this step-by-step guide is here just in time for beach days and summer!
Without further adieu, here is my DIY beach bag tutorial:
Step One: find the perfect tote. I found these last summer at LOFT for a great price, so I snatched up 8 of them. I lucked out with these bags which happened to come adorned with pink, red and white detailing along the straps, as well as a fun pom pom tassel (those parts I did not DIY ;). Since the bags I purchased are no longer available, here are some cuties I spotted that would be great for this project. I would recommend not splurging on a bag in case some of the paint creeps outside the lines.
1. Natural Jute Tote Bag
2. Round Straw Bag
3. Natural Straw Mini Basket Bag
4. Straw Basketweave Tote Bag
Step Two: Purchase your supplies. You'll need acrylic paints in your choice of colors, masking tape, stencils, and paint brushes.
Step Three: Place your tape where you would like your stripes to go. Make sure you tape off a section in the middle for your monogram.
Step Four: Paint your stripes! Start with the outside stripes in one color, then peel the tape off and paint the middle stripe in another color (I eyeballed the inner stripe). I would recommend taping off the section where your initials will go, just in case.
Step Five: Begin stenciling. Make sure you tape each stencil down so it doesn't move around when you're trying to paint the inside. I found that a sponge brush was a little easier to work with on this step. After you remove the stencil, you may have to go in with a tiny paint brush and fill in any spots that were missed. This step can be a little tricky when painting on a texture that isn't completely flat.
Step Six: Fill your bag with goodies and hit the beach!
I think I'll make another one for myself with different colors and a new bag. Probably blue and white since I can never stray too far from that color scheme! :)
I hope you enjoyed reading this tutorial. I would love to see your creations if you decide to make one of your own. I promise it's easy!