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DIY Tote Bags

Since canvas tote bags with a simple design seem to be quite popular right now and my favorite store (Target) is beginning to charge if you use one of their paper bags – I thought it would be fun to make my own hand painted tote bags.

I also thought it would be fun to make one for each of my boy’s teachers as an end of the year gift, because we all know teachers are amazing and always have too much to carry.

I found these plain canvas tote’s at Joann’s.


They come in a three pack for $9.99 and after the 40% off coupon you can find on their website – well what a deal!

I choose a bike stencil for these bags because both teachers enjoy being outdoors and the bike just looks cool!


I also stenciled on their last names just to make it a little more personal.

After having the boys each write a card to their teacher, I let them pick out a candy and tied it together with bakers twine.

I hope they like them :)