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homemade tote bag supplies

How many totes do you have around the house?  I have numerous ones that I take shopping. I find myself buying more and more, and realizing that I am now overloaded with totes.  But, if I were to get one of THESE for Mother's Day, I would carry it around all the time!

My daughter did make this bag, but guess who is going to get it on Mother's Day (and be surprised!!).  It is a simple project that kids can do to even give to a special Mother who drives them to practice, or babysits for them, or a Grandmother who loves to give out free hugs.  Let them be creative and it will become a cherished item for any Mother.

Homemade Reusable Shopping Bag Supplies

  • Tote, any size
    I bought this one at a craft store for about $3.
  • Fabric Paint
  • Small Brushes
  • Stencils (optional)

Homemade Reusable Shopping Bag Assembly

{Step 1} Place newspaper down where the kids are going to be painting.

{Step 2} Let kids use their imagination and start painting.

{Step 3} When finished on one side, allow to dry for about 1/2 hour and then turn on the other side and have them finish.  Allow this to dry for about 1/2 hour.

{Step 4} Make sure you have the kids sign and date their work.  Again, another keepsake.

homemade reusable bag project

Project Cost

I spent about $9 but have the paint now to do future craft projects! This is a perfect gift for Mother's Day! These can also be made for a garden tote, a sewing tote, a shopping tote, etc.

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Homemade Reusable Shopping Tote

Homemade Reusable Shopping Tote

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

  • Tote, any size
    I bought this one at a craft store for about $3.
  • Fabric Paint
  • Small Brushes
  • Stencils (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place newspaper down where the kids are going to be painting.
  2. Let kids use their imagination and start painting.
  3. When finished on one side, allow to dry for about 1/2 hour and then turn on the other side and have them finish.  Allow this to dry for about 1/2 hour.
  4. Make sure you have the kids sign and date their work.  Again, another keepsake.

About Andrea Deckard

Andrea Deckard is a personal finance expert and speaker. She lives by the following motto, "save on what you need so you can spend on what you want." She started Savings Lifestyle in 2008, and long-time readers remember the site as Mommy Snacks. Andrea is a go-to resource on frugal living for local news outlets such as WDTN, WGRR, and Cincinnati.com as well as national outlets like Good Morning America. She has also been featured in multiple national publications.

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