Wednesday, June 4, 2014

DIY Painted Summer Tote Bag

It looks like I've been slacking a bit on my blogging?! Summer is a great time to catch up on all of that, and today I am sharing my super easy tips on cutting stencils WITHOUT a fancy cutting machine.

Don't get me wrong, I love all that you can do with cutting machines these days, but this girl just can't seem to find the time to learn about one more gadget so I just stick with my tried and true {and cheap} way of hand cutting stencils!


I made this bag for a little weekend getaway hubby and I are gong to take soon... perfect for a good book, a towel, and a bottle of water or snacks.

To get started with this project you will need a few things:

Tote bag of any kind. I got this one at JoAnn Fabric Store
Iron
Freezer Paper
X-acto knife
Craft Paint

First, I designed my layout using picmonkey.com. Super easy, just use any text and size you like and save as a .jpg image.

Next, I opened the image in Microsoft word and sized it to fit the bag. You can change the margins to allow a larger printing area.

Cut a piece Freezer Paper to the size of printer paper and load it into your printer, glossy side up so that it will print on the flat side of the paper. If you think your paper will have a problem taking just the thin freezer paper, tape it to a piece of card stock {flat/matte side up!}


Place a piece of cardboard or cutting mat under your print-out and carefully cut around all of the letters.... I promise it's a lot easier than it sounds


Now you are ready to iron your stencil in place. Using a dry, hot iron {cotton setting works just fine}, iron the stencil in place making sure to get the edges of each letter ironed down 


Painting in the stencil is all that's left. Use a dry, very stiff brush for this part. Dab, or stipple the paint on the stencil..... I hold a finger close the the edge of the letter that I am working on to make sure there is a tight seal and no paint bleeds under the stencil.
Allow the paint to dry and then carefully pull the stencil away.....this is my favorite part! The Reveal!


Too easy, right?? There really are endless possibilities for this project!
What will your bag say?

Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure to look for me on Instagram so that we can keep in touch! I would love to see if you make one of these too, just tag me @creativecarmella !


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1 comment:

  1. Very cute and simple. I love it! Pinned. :)

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