Thrifty DIY: Painted Straw Tote Bag

May 19, 2015 | FILED UNDER: Paint, Summer
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Introducing my new painted tote bag! On my last trip to the Goodwill, I was on the hunt for something summery for my next Thrifty DIY project, and I came across a plain straw tote bag for $2.99. It was calling out to me for a colorful, pom-pom infused Design Improvised makeover!

Inexpensive straw bags are easy to find at this time of year, whether you snag a thrift store steal or find one at a big box store. As long as they have a flat woven pattern like this one, they are prime candidates for painting. I used my favorite Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Paints for this project:

Supplies for Painted Tote Bag

  • Inexpensive straw tote bag
  • Acrylic craft paint in fun colors
  • Small brushes (I ended up using even smaller brushes than shown here – from my daughter’s watercolor paint set!)

How to Paint a Straw Tote Bag

Step 1. Paint one section at a time

Use a small brush and a careful hand to paint small sections of the bag. I started with one color and painted a number of rectangles. You could always do a pattern like stripes or a chevron, but I chose to keep mine random.

Step 2: Layer in more colors

Add more colors in a random pattern. I used a total of 5 different colors for my bag.

Step 3: Finish the tote with yarn pom-poms

Add a few yarn pom-poms for a little additional flair if you want, and you have yourself a colorful summer bag for next to nothing!

This post is written in support of the Goodwill San Antonio. All content and opinions are my own

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