4th of July is on its way and if you are like us you have a parade… or two… in your schedule for the 4th of July festivities. When you have kids parades mean a lot of candy! Plus the sitting and waiting for the parade which means snacks! A lot of snacks!
I have mentioned before that we like to go all out for the 4th of July. Decked out head to toe in red white and blue for the whole week, and now our accessories are going to be decked out as well! I can’t wait for the kids to use these! This DIY 4th of July tote will be perfect to carry our snacks to the parade and bring all of our candy back home with us!
This post is sponsored by DecoArt. I have received compensation and product for this post. All ideas and opinions are 100% my own.
DIY 4th of July Tote
- White canvas tote
- Red – DecoArt Stylin Paint
- Blue – DecoArt Stylin Paint
- White – DecoArt Stylin Paint
- American Tribute Stencil from DecoArt
- Paint tape
- Paint Brushes
- Wood Beads (optional)
- Yarn (optional)
I started by taping off the stripes using good old 2 inch painters tape. I decided to have my stripes start right at the top of the bag. To make sure that my lines were going to be straight I lined up the tape with the top of the bag and then placed the first strip of tape. I covered the entire bag with strips of tape, making sure I didn’t over lap them and then took off the strips of tape where I wanted the paint to be. The end result gave me three stripes.
I ran my finger down the edges of the tape one more time to make sure that they were pushed down completely. Using a large paint brush I painted the stripes onto the bags. To make sure that the bags were completely different and yet the same, to prevent any arguments between a certain two year old and a certain five year old, I did one with the DecoArt Stylin in Red and the other in DecoArt Stylin in Blue.
I used the American Tribute stencil to add the – Land of the Free – and – Home of the Brave – to the bags. This part was a bit tricky for me so I was glad to have a bottle of the Stylin paint in white on hand to touch up my letters.
I painted the beads for the tassel with the DecoArt Stylin paint in Red, White and Blue to match the bags. An easy way to paint wooden beads is to put them on a wooden grill skewer and paint them. This will help keep your fingers free from paint and help you be able to cover the entire bead. Leave them propped up on the skewer to dry.
The tassels I made using some cotton yarn. The colors of the yarn aren’t a perfect match, but I like them that way.
I strung the beads on to the tassel and then tied it off behind the tote handle. That way it won’t be able to fall off when the kids are hunting down candy at the parade.
This paint dries so nicely and is not super stiff like a lot of fabric paints tend to be. Its also waterproof! How awesome is that! So there are no worries about the tote getting wet and the paint bleeding into other areas in the event that we get doused by a passing firetruck at the parade.
The kids are already loving their new tote bags and keep asking when we are going to the parade.
I tried to have my two year old model the bag for me, but after a quick minute and a few shots he was done. lol Such is the life of a two year old.
If you want to make an everyday tote instead of a Red, White and Blue themed one, check out the color selection over at DecoArt. I think that this bag would be cute in the Yellow or Aqua colors as well!