Ready to DIY!? Today we're going to do something different! And even though this isn't really saving you money, it is fun, cheap, eco-friendly, and super fab! And no, I'm not turning this into a craft blog, even though I totally could considering that's all I've been doing these days (feels like, at least!). But I am going to share with you fab crafts and projects that I come across that I absolutely love!
FAB Craft #1: DIY Monogrammed Grocery Totes!
The other day I stumbled across these cute shopping totes:
And as most anybody knows, I love anything "C" since I've gotten married! But, each tote was $18-$25! That's ridiculous! The whole point of reusable shopping totes is to save! Save money and save the environment! So why spend that kind of $$ just to look fab doing it?
After a little thinking and searching, I came up with this cute little project.
Time: About 30-60 mins. Mostly waiting on paint to dry!
- Blank canvas tote - $2.99
- Black fabric paint - $0.99
- Doilies - $1.99 (for 10)
- Small paint brush - $1.99
You can center the design in the middle, obv, but I chose to make it a little more interesting!
And then just start painting! You can buy spray adhesive to stick the doily to the tote, but the cheapest is $6.99 and I just could not justify buying it! So I just held on to it while I painted the "stencil." Also, try to apply the paint directly onto it and don't brush back and forth, because that'll push paint under the stencil and turn into a big blob. Not so fab.
Next, make a stencil on the comp! Choose any font you like, but try not to make it too curvy, because that'll just make it so much harder on you!
I chose Andreas, the same font Ralph Lauren uses for its monograms.. not a hard choice!
Cut out letters to make another stencil! You can use an X-Acto knife, or scissors (like I did, because I couldn't find my knife!)... then place it wherever you want on your tote and trace the letters in pencil.
And then paint in the letters!
Yeah, I think so too! Now it's ready for a trip to Whole Foods to get some more tea and milk for my DIY EGTL! I ran out yesterday...
Have another idea for a DIY tote? Or give this one a try and tell me what you think!