DIY Striped Beach Tote

Striped Beach Tote

A few weeks ago, my best friend and I decided to take a quick trip to the beach. While I was packing, I realized I didn’t have a good beach tote. During my weekly trip to Target, I found this straw tote bag near the dollar spot for only $3!! I obviously bought the bag without hesitation but I wanted to brighten it up a bit, so I decided on painted stripes and oversized pom poms in a bright yellow. It was the perfect addition to our beach trip!

Striped Beach Tote Materials

You’ll Need:

– Beach Tote
– Spray Paint
– Tape
– Yarn
– Scissors
– Over-sized fork

Striped Beach Tote1. Start by stretching a piece of tape across the bottom of the tote bag.

Striped Beach Tote2. Measure a distance the same width of the tape to create your first stripe.

Striped Beach Tote3. Repeat Step 2 to finish creating the stripe pattern. Repeat on the opposite side. Tape off the ends of the handles so they don’t get spray painted.

Striped Beach Tote4. Spray paint your bag in a well ventilated area.

Striped Beach Tote5. Let the bag dry completely before spraying the opposite side.

Striped Beach Tote6. To make the pom poms, repeatedly wrap your yarn over the fork. The more you wrap, the fuller the pom will be.

Striped Beach Tote7. Once you have a good thickness, trim the yarn. Then cut a long piece of yarn (I cut mine about 2 feet long. This is what we will use to attach the poms to the bag, so make sure it is a good length!) and thread it between the prongs in the fork. Tie your first knot.

Striped Beach Tote8. For an extra strong hold, begin to tie a second knot…

Striped Beach Tote…but loop the yarn twice before securing the knot.

Striped Beach Tote 9. Use a pair of scissors and cut through the loops on both sides of the pom.

Striped Beach Tote10. To get the round pom shape, trim the yarn pieces until they are even all the way around.

Striped Beach ToteI made three different sized poms to hang from my tote.

Striped Beach Tote11. Gather the yarn from the poms you want to attach to your bag, and attach to one of the handles on your bag using a double knot. Trim off any excess yarn.

Striped Beach ToteStriped Beach ToteAnd you’re done! Time to hit up the beach one last time before summer ends!

August 11, 2014
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