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Notebook Tote Bag

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Carry a DIY tote bag that’ll make people stop and take note! Great for teachers and students, our canvas tote bag craft for kids and adults is easy to make.

Supplies:

Craft by CIY Staff

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TOTE BAG CRAFT KIT: Features 6 Acrylic Paints, 4 Paint Brushes, 12 No. 2 Pencils, and 10 Fine Line Fabric Markers.

Craft Kit supplies pictured above. Additional supplies may be needed.

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Steps:

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Galaxy Paint Pour Canvas Step 1

1 Using a pencil and ruler, make a tick mark at the top and bottom of the bag, both at an equal distance from the left edge.

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Galaxy Paint Pour Canvas Step 2

2 Use red fabric marker and ruler to connect the tick marks, making a vertical line to create the margin of a piece of notebook paper.

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Galaxy Paint Pour Canvas Step 3

3 Leave space at the top of bag for the first line of notebook paper, then make evenly-spaced tick marks along the red line with pencil.

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Galaxy Paint Pour Canvas Step 4

4 Make another set of evenly-spaced tick marks on the right side.

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Galaxy Paint Pour Canvas Step 5

5 Use blue fabric marker and ruler to connect the tick marks, making horizontal lines across the bag like notebook paper.

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Galaxy Paint Pour Canvas Step 6

6 Add the 3-hole punch to the left margin with black fabric marker.

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Galaxy Paint Pour Canvas Step 7

7 Pour and stir paint with craft sticks in disposable cups.

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Galaxy Paint Pour Canvas Step 8

8 Paint accents, doodles, or your name on the bag. Dry 1–2 hours.

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Galaxy Paint Pour Canvas Step 8

9 Load your gear and take your custom tote on the go!

CIY Staff Tips:

  • When adding designs to your bag, be sure to sketch in pencil first.
  • Get creative with how you want to decorate your bag; we chose to add fun bubble letters!
  • Experiment with mixing different paint colors. To create a shadow effect, separate the same base color into 2 disposable cups. Mix a small amount of white paint into one of the cups to create the letter color. Mix a small amount of black paint into the other cup to create the shadow color.
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