Today I spent the day with one of my favorite people, my Oma (dutch for grandma). My Oma is the reason I grew up so into art and anything crafty. Every time I would go visit her house in Belleville, she would always have colored pencils and drawing paper for us or watercolors to paint with. Well…things haven’t changed. Many of the times I visit Oma, we find something creative to do. Today, I asked her to help me out with a DIY project I had been wanting to do.
I stopped at Michael’s Craft Store before I got to her house and sadly was quite disappointed. They didn’t have any good totes bags for this project. I left the store saying…I guess today isn’t the day. Before I got in the car, I decided to walk next door to the Christmas Tree Shops. I was actually looking for some fourth of July decor when I came across this adorable beige & green tote! I saw it and knew it was perfect for the project I wanted to do. I quickly picked it up and headed to the cashier. I ended up going back to Michael’s to purchase the paints and paint brushes. I included a close up picture of the paints and brushes we used in case you wanted to pick up the same colors.
Together, Oma and I decorated this super cute summer bag! The bag itself came to $5, a steal! It has a zipper across the top to which is great. In total I spent $10 on this project. Awesome, right?
What you will need:
-Tote bag (any size & color you prefer)
-Paint brushes (small/med/large)
-A potato (YES….a potato) sliced in half [I used 2 for different shapes]
-Acrylic paint [pink – green – black)
It’s super easy!
Once you have your potato cut in half, you will take your pink paint and brush it over the potato half. You will then flip it over and hold down the side with the paint against the tote, for 5 seconds or so. Be careful when picking it up because it can easily slip out of your hands and get paint in the wrong place! After placing all of your potato halves (for the watermelon), we opened our green paint and using a smaller brush painted on the watermelon rind. Once the watermelons were dry, we painted in the seeds with the black paint using the smallest brush.
We let the tote dry for a good two hours and then came back to paint the back!
Let me know what you think!