If you are like me you were shocked that yesterday the calendar actually read August 1st. No summer, sloooowwww down you are going way too fast! Never fear friend, we still have several weeks to go & I swear September is the new August. In the Midwest, that’s when we finally reach perfect temps. As the Back to School push begins this is the best time of year to snag up great deals and assess those summer staples you need. Are you looking at your current beach bag situation thinking what happened? I'm here to help! I’ve gotten so many compliments on mine I'm sharing with you!
Early Spring I started researching beach bags and LOVED all the painted straw bags/French farmers markets totes I came across but they all were well over $100. I decided to create the look for MUCH less myself.
I actually did my DIY in the Spring, and it has lasted all summer. I love this from Target for $34.99 (it's still available in store) because it’s large enough to fit all our stuff (both my children’s swim gear, toys, towels, sunscreen) but still is so cute, and HELLO you had me at colored tassels!!
Here is what you'll need-
- Straw Bag or French Farmer's Market Tote
- Paint Brush
- Masking Tape
- Paint (I used our left over house paint from our bedroom 🙂
- Acrylic Spray (Clear or Matte Finish)
Step One -Tape your bag based on the shape you would like to paint. I went with stripes but you could get creative and paint a heart, star, circle etc. Press the masking tape firmly to the bag to prevent the paint from bleeding. Take off your tassel if you purchase the same Target bag.
Step Two-Paint your first color, I went with white. After you paint let dry for 15 minutes or until dry to touch and apply a second coat. Keep your first color out just in case you need later for touch ups.
Step Three- Remove your masking tape
Step 4- Paint your second color between the white lines. Paint one coat, after you paint let dry for 15 minutes or until dry to touch and apply a second coat. You might need to touch up your lines a bit. Touch up the white or gray edges with your left over paint.
Step 5-Spray your bag (in a well ventilated area, preferably outside) to seal paint. Let dry for an hour (don't forget to put the tassel back on your bag 🙂