Wednesday, July 30, 2014


If you have been a reader of my blog for any time at all you know that I am a Target One Spot junkie.  If you are not familiar with the Target One Spot, it is the genius little area at the front of every Target store that has $1-$3 finds!  They put it at the front for a reason just sucks you in.  This isn't always a bad thing, because they do actually have amazing things there!

Earlier this summer I purchased a straw tote at the One Spot for $3 to use as a gift bag.  I then purchased another for another gift...and well then another for myself.  I used my tote one time to carry snacks down to the beach and as my luck would have it a red juice box spilled all in the bottom of my tote.

Ruined??? Nah...I just changed it into something else!

These pretty colorblock straw totes were everywhere this summer.  They are super cute and some are super expensive.  This one from the Gap was sort of affordable (sold out now), but not as affordable as $3!

I decided I would make my juice box stained straw tote into a Colorblock Straw Tote of my own.

Supplies Needed

* $3 Straw Tote from Target
* Frog painters tape
* Black acrylic paint
* Foam brush
* Wide paint brush
* Cardboard

This picture doesn't do the stain justice.  It was super noticeable and all over the bottom of the bag as well as in this spot.

What I did was taped the Frog Tape all the way around the bag just above where the stain was.  Follow the lines all the way around the bag.  Once you get to the other side you will see that you are a bit off because of the weave of the straw.  Take one of the short sides of tape up and move it down a bit around the edge of the bag.  It should straighten the tape.  You will never notice you didn't follow the lines once you paint it.

Make sure the Frog Tape is securely in place and pressed down on all sides.

Start painting below the frog tape with your foam brush.  I found this was easier to use than the regular paint brush when starting.  I used the regular paint brush to fill in the cracks and around the edge of the tape.

Apply one coat of paint and allow to dry.  You will need to apply a second coat of paint to start filling in the spots.  Once the second coat is completely dry stretch the tote out slightly over the painted portion.  This will reveal some unpainted spots between the weave.  Fill these in with your paint brush.

Hang to dry one more time.  You do not want to put your precious belongings into a wet bag because the paint does seep through into the inside.

Voila! One beautiful Low priced DIY Colorblock Tote!  It was super affordable and super easy to make!

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  1. Love this! You did such a great job on yours :)

    1. Thank you so much! It was really a life saver. I was so upset about the $3 bag being messed up because it was so hard for me to find one that was black. Now they have about a million at my Target. Ha!

  2. No way!!!! This is pure genius!!!! Your turned out so cute. I totally want and need to copy this. Thanks for sharing. And come raid my closet any day...ha! Sharing is caring. :)

    1. Thanks Shanna! You can raid my bags and I can raid your closet. We will be two happy girls!

  3. Looks like a YHL project :) great idea

  4. This is so cute, I've been eyeing it via Instagram for the longest time. I can't wait to try this out! I even had Thomas go buy me a second bag knowing you would eventually share it. Yippee!

    1. Yay!! I know yours will turn out beautifully too!

  5. This is so cute! This would be a fun girls night project. Thanks so much for linking up to WYWW!

  6. ADORABLE tote and so fashionable. Love this!!!

  7. LOVE that section of target! Very cute idea with your tote! It looks good!
    xo Krissy @ Sneakers and Sequins

  8. Fashion totes are very popular today. Every year, different styles and designs are born. Popular fashion designers make different fashion lines with this item. Hottest personalities and Hollywood stars are the first to try trendy totes to complete their look.
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