I love making lists and one thing I always do is list out the things I need when out shopping – on paper, not on my phone. But since I forget a ton of things, more often than not I would forget about these lists that I make. Since I don’t forget my reusable grocery bags, I decided I’d just make a grocery DIY tote bag I can use with the list ON it. And best of all, it’s easy to just wipe it off with a damp cloth to make a different list!
Chalkboard DIY Tote Bag Supplies:
- Darice Canvas Tote Bag
- Chalkboard Paint or Acrylic Paint & Chalkboard Coating
- Paintbrush or Sponge
- Letter Stickers or Iron-on Letters
If Using Letter Stickers for Your DIY Tote Bag:
Step 1. Start out with a good canvas tote bag. For groceries, you want it to be sturdy enough to hold somewhat heavy items – this canvas tote bag is perfect for that. You can even choose different sizes if you want!
Step 2. Select the letters you want from your letter sticker sheet – I chose the words ‘Shopping List’ for my DIY tote bag as I am also intending to use it for other than grocery-shopping – and line them up neatly on your bag with a ruler. You can also cut some letters if you have a die-cutter.
Step 3. Paint! I highly recommend using a sponge dauber or something similar as it gives a crisper result when doing the letters. I just roughly painted a square as I wanted it to have that industrial, painted look as opposed to clean lines. It compliments any imperfections you may get on your letters.
Step 4. After it dries, peel off your letters and you are done with your chalkboard DIY tote bag! I recommend waiting at least 3 hours for the paint to dry fully. This is easier to do as letter stickers are cheaper and easier to come by as compared to iron-on ones.
If Using Iron-On Letters for Your DIY Tote Bag:
If you are using iron-on letters, the steps are basically the same as the steps above, but jumbled up. Paint your bag first with the chalkboard paint, let it dry, then iron the letters on.
Write your list – don’t worry if it gets smudged a bit. It won’t fully be erased until you use a damp cloth to wipe it down. I personally love how it turned out and I do think I will be using it a lot!
Happy crafting, guys!
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Aki is an avid DIYer at heart. She documents her crafting adventures over at Minted Strawberry where she shares various DIYs – but mainly focusing on jewelry, clothing and accessory crafts. She also shares printable cards, wallpapers and other graphic work. She loves trying out new craft materials, processes, and learning about new ideas.