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DIY Kid’s Tote Bag


This post originally published on Hip Mama’s Place on June 2016. 

Are your kids bored with summer vacation yet? I know there are camps and friends and stopping the summer slide. But even with everything you add into the schedule, there’s still a desire for more!

Here’s a fun craft for kids to do this summer! Whether you have a dancer or gymnast, a book lover or a general nerd, the fun thing is that this craft is practical and can entirely be customized to your child’s personality!

Kid's Tote Bag

Summer Craft for Kids: DIY Kid’s Tote Bag

There are tons of plain gym bags available online. While vinyl cinch sacks are the least expensive, I recommend one made of cotton, hemp, or canvas because the paint, glue and glitter stays better.

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Supplies You’ll Need for DIY Tote Bag

  • Spray Paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter
  • Stencil
  • Bag
  • Foam Paint Brush

Directions: How to make DIY Kid’s Tote Bag

First things first, you need to decide on your design, you may want to “draw” it out on a piece of paper so you know which elements you want to include in creating your custom gym bag.

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Lay your bag out on a flat surface and place your stencil or letter in the middle of it. If need be, secure it in place.

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Next, take the spray paint color of your choosing (we used neon pink, green, and orange) and spray it diagonally across the stencil. Repeat this with however many colors you desire.  Remember to only spray a portion of the letter with each color and not the entire thing. If you do, your colors will end up merging and end up being one brownish, dark grey, blackish-color that won’t be the colors you were you hoping for!

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Before you remove the stencil, wait at least 5 minutes to ensure the paint has dried.

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Decide where you would like your glitter and use your foam brush to cover that area in glue (we  used mod podge).

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Immediately begin sprinkling your glitter over the glue. Let it sit until the glue dried and then shake it off in the grass or a trash can. If there are some bare areas, just add more glue and glitter. Remember not to put glue where you don’t want glitter.

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You can add additional touches and flair to create the design of your choice. Whether you make one for yourself, or one for a friend, it is entirely custom and unique! This also makes a fun birthday party craft!

Do you have a summer party planned? Do you think you’d like to include this DIY Kid’s Tote Bag craft? Let me know!

Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 07/14/2023 / 12:14 am

    These are cute ideas for a kids tote bag. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  2. 07/13/2023 / 11:12 am

    This is a cute, personalized idea and looks so easy to do!

  3. 07/13/2023 / 8:05 am

    This is a cute idea. I’ll have to make my son his own personalized bag.

  4. 07/13/2023 / 1:24 am

    I love the customization options that doing things yourself allows, also enjoying the massive amounts of glitter I can add to something!

  5. 07/12/2023 / 10:31 pm

    What a fun project, even for teens. I could see this being a good project for having friends over or as a party activity. Love this idea!

  6. 07/12/2023 / 9:45 pm

    This DIY kid’s tote bag tutorial is fantastic! Your step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, and the end result is adorable. I can’t wait to try making one for my little one. Keep up the great work!

  7. Richelle Milar
    07/12/2023 / 8:27 pm

    This is a really great and cool idea! I’m gonna let my daughter see this cause she had lots of tote bags

  8. 07/12/2023 / 8:16 pm

    What a cute kid’s tote bag and it looks like it’s easy to make! I love that you can use your child’s first name initial on the front!

  9. vidya
    07/12/2023 / 11:16 am

    such a fun activity and a colorful beautiful result from it..

  10. Monica
    07/12/2023 / 6:02 am

    I love this! This would make a great gift! I love the letter both solid white and with glitter.

  11. Tara Pittman
    07/12/2023 / 4:09 am

    This is a cool craft to make with kids. I need to make one of these with my kids.

  12. Amber Myers
    07/12/2023 / 2:07 am

    How pretty! My daughter would want to make one of these to carry her dance stuff.

  13. 07/11/2023 / 9:27 pm

    I didn’t realize you could use Mod Podge on fabric – what a great idea! I love how fun and retro your design came out. My daughter would love it!

  14. 05/06/2022 / 1:15 am

    I love this idea! I think it would be fun for a party or those times my kids say there is nothing to do.

  15. Candy Rachelle
    08/07/2020 / 3:31 pm

    This is a great DIY for parents who home school or just for fun! Such a fun idea!!!

    Candy Rachelle
    Keeping Up With Candy

  16. 08/07/2020 / 11:44 am

    Wow, this looks really very good. very nice pictures as well.

  17. 08/07/2020 / 8:29 am

    This is so, so cool! I love it! It’s a very nice and easy DIY

  18. 08/06/2020 / 7:18 am

    I love the DIY Kid’s Tote Bag project. My niece would love to design her own tote bag. We’ll do this on weekends.

  19. 08/06/2020 / 4:15 am

    This is such a perfect project. I did this with my oldest daughter and her friends for her 6th birthday party! She is now 28 years old. 🙂

  20. 08/06/2020 / 2:31 am

    such a fun summer craft to do with the kids! i love that you added sparkles to the letter E.

  21. Kuntala Bhattacharya
    08/05/2020 / 9:46 pm

    Wow this is very creative and interesting. I liked the concept. Your idea is superb.

  22. 08/05/2020 / 1:46 pm

    What an adorable, fun tote bag! I love the added sparkle accent to the monogram, too!

  23. 08/05/2020 / 1:39 pm

    DIY tote bags are a great idea. I used to love stuff like this as a kid. Still do!

  24. Hayley
    08/05/2020 / 12:57 pm

    This is such a great idea! I love how you can personalise the tote in your children’s favourite colours.

  25. 08/05/2020 / 2:16 am

    Definitely a fun craft to do with kids. Tote bags are great! But even better if they get to personalize it.

  26. 08/04/2020 / 10:06 pm

    This is a great craft. My son is too small for this right now, but I will have to try it for myself in the meantime.

  27. Nicole Escat
    07/23/2016 / 1:15 pm

    This is a nice idea. I will show this to my sister, she loves making DIY bags for her kids.

  28. Rosey
    07/21/2016 / 10:03 pm

    So fun. All of the kids would love to do this one. I love that you used glitter!

  29. 07/21/2016 / 7:24 pm

    This has glitter….need I say more? Glitter makes everything perfect haha Love this idea!

  30. kristin
    07/21/2016 / 6:23 pm

    That’s super cute!!! You could make these for a party or even as gifts. So simple and fun too!

  31. 07/21/2016 / 4:34 pm

    The tote bag turned out awesome! I wish I had at least a fourth of your creative talent! I would want to have one like that myself.

  32. 07/21/2016 / 4:43 am

    Those are some cute results! I love DIY stuff like this, especially with designing clothing and accessories. No one’s too early nor too late to start bringing in some fashion sense!

  33. 07/21/2016 / 4:28 am

    What a great craft. I have learned a long time ago that you can never have too many tote bags. It’s fun for kids to make their own so they can make it look just how they want it.

  34. 07/21/2016 / 4:15 am

    This would definitely be a fun summer bag for pre-teens to make. I love the ombre/tie-dye effect of this!

  35. Nikki Wayne
    07/21/2016 / 3:33 am

    Oh, this is a nice idea. I will see if I can find a letter “M” for my son. Or should I make a DIY cardboard stencil, I wish I can!

  36. 07/21/2016 / 2:40 am

    What a cute idea. I love the personalized letter. That would be so perfect!

  37. 07/21/2016 / 2:34 am

    What a fun project! I’m not that crafty. But even I think I can attempt this.

  38. 07/20/2016 / 11:58 pm

    This would be adorable for Summer camp!

  39. 07/20/2016 / 11:05 pm

    What a great idea! My daughter would love this idea, especially since she’s getting into sewing/fashion.

  40. 07/20/2016 / 10:55 pm

    What a super great and easy way to keep kids entertained as we wind down the Summer break season. I love these ideas so much!

  41. 07/20/2016 / 9:39 pm

    OH I wish I saw this before camp. It would have been perfect for the kids to take to camp. Maybe for school?

  42. Pam
    07/20/2016 / 6:29 pm

    This is such a cute craft. I love that it is useful, too. Who doesn’t need a tote bag?

  43. robin masshole mommy
    07/20/2016 / 2:27 pm

    What a cute idea. I want to make one for each of my kids.

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