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Decorate a Tote Bag for Mother's Day

Get creative this Mother's Day! It's simple to make a thoughtful and personal gift for your mother. A tote bag is a carry-all - whether it's for a day at the beach, a trip to the gym, to carry groceries, or even just to carry another Mother's Day gift, a personalized tote will be a gift cherished by the moms in your life.

This craft is suitable for all ages. Totes can be decorated as simply or as complex as you like.

craft supplies

Tools & Materials

1. A small canvas tote
2. Permanent markers
3. A piece of scrap paper or cardboard
4. Embellishments including: rhinestones, ribbons, iron-on images, etc.

Make Your Creation for Mom

To begin, collect the materials needed from the above list. You can purchase the tote and all the materials from your local arts and crafts store.

Next, cover your work surface in newspaper to avoid accidents and insert a piece of scrap paper or cardboard inside your tote, so that the ink doesn't run through to the other side.

Then, add rhinestones, buttons, ribbons, stickers - anything goes! Add as much to your tote as you like with a little fabric glue or a quick stitch. You could also use transfer paper to iron images onto the tote, print out images or letters to create a monogrammed bag - the possibilities are endless!

Getting Crafty With Kids

This is a great way for kids to show their mother or grandmother how much they care while exploring their own creativity. Let them choose how to decorate their tote!

Allow them color, draw free-hand, make a stencil, or even print out an image to use as a guide. With a little help from an adult, the tote can be made into a classy and personalized bag.

Get creative and get started. Your mom is sure to love this great gift!

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