Personalized Back-to-School Tote Bag

Personalized Back-to-School Tote Bag

Posted by DecoArt on Dec 5th 2014

Choose any bright, cheerful color of tote bag and add images of books and other school supplies.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • tracing paper
    • transfer paper
    • ruler
    • pencil
    • #8 flat brush
    • hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • #1 round brush
    • medium canvas tote
    • #10/0 liner brush
    • wooden letters
    • circle wooden letters



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Start with a canvas tote in the color of your choice. (I think Turquoise is a good color to match my color palette.)
    2. Instruction #1
    3. You will also need wooden pieces to spell out the name or word you want.
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Use a pencil and ruler to make a giant square on the front of the tote bag.
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Use a pencil and the tracing and transfer papers to trace and transfer the images: scissors, pencil, ruler, and books, one to each corner of the square.
    8. Instruction #4
    9. Use a #8 flat brush and School Bus to paint the pencil and ruler. Rinse brush.
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Use a #1 round brush and Red Barn to paint the handles of scissors. Rinse brush.
    12. Instruction #6
    13. Use a #1 round brush and Dolphin to paint the scissor blades. Rinse brush.
    14. Instruction #7
    15. Use a #1 round brush and load separately with Chartreuse to paint the top book; Orange Sherbet to paint the middle book and details on the pencil; and then Blue Bird to paint the bottom book. Rinse the brush between colors and at the end.
    16. Instruction #8
    17. Use a #8 flat brush and Cotton Ball to paint the pages in the books. Rinse brush.
    18. Instruction #9
    19. Use a #10/0 liner brush to mix (2) parts Cotton Ball with (1) part Dolphin. Use the mix to paint the details on book pages and the metal on the pencil. Rinse brush.
    20. Instruction #10
    21. Use a #1 round brush and Flamingo to paint the bottom section of the eraser. Use the same brush, adding a small amount of Cotton Ball to Flamingo to paint the top of the eraser. Rinse brush.
    22. Instruction #11
    23. Use a #1 round brush to mix (2) parts Cotton Ball with (1) part School Bus. Use the mix to paint a sharpened end on the pencil. Rinse brush.
    24. Instruction #12
    25. Use a #10/0 liner brush, Black Tie, and a small amount of water to add lead to the pencil; outline the metal on the pencil, and to add details to the ruler. Rinse brush.
    26. Instruction #13
    27. Use the handle end of a #8 flat brush and dip in Iris. Dip dots on all around the entire square frame. Wipe off the handle.
    28. Instruction #14
    29. Let dots dry completely. (You can warm the glue gun and glue sticks up at this point and begin painting wooden letters.)
    30. Instruction #15
    31. Use a #1 round brush and Chartreuse to paint all the circular wooden letters. Rinse brush.
    32. Instruction #16
    33. Use a #8 flat brush and Lavender Fields to paint the entire letter. Rinse brush. Use a 10/0 liner brush and Chartreuse to outline letter inside. Rinse brush.
    34. Instruction #17
    35. Once all the wooden letters are completely dry, you can use the glue gun to attach them where you want.
    36. Instruction #18


    Books Pattern
    Pencil Pattern
    Ruler Pattern
    Scissors Pattern