How to Make Your Own Floral Tote Bag
Lately I've been on Instagram more than I'd like to admit but it's my favorite time in the online world. Everyone is shedding off the layers of winter and my feed is populated by bright pastel colors, flowers, and sun-drenched adventures. An Instagram "thing", trend, what have you, is these beautiful flowers, wrapped in butcher's paper or plastic, artfully arranged in a gorgeous tote bag. They look amazing and so spring! But I can't help but wonder: where do you find those perfect flowers? How do you get them to stand in your tote bag so perfectly? And doesn't it look strange to walk around with flowers in your tote bag? Now you can't always find a perfect bouquet of blooming flowers but Instagram is not real life. That's why it's okay to cheat and I've figured out the next best thing: a floral tote bag. Now I'll show you how you can make your very own, Instagram-worthy floral tote bag for the spring.
This might be my favorite DIY fashion project to date. My ripped black jeans have been on repeat and my "mermaid" graphic sweatshirt has been perfect for chilly spring days but this floral tote bag is just fun. It's fun and easy to make and it's fun and easy to use. And it's absolutely Instagram ready, if that's your thing.
My favorite thing about this project is that it is 1) low budget and 2) recycles something old and makes it into something new. If you do this project, please, please, please don't go out in search of a new canvas tote bag. Be honest: you probably have a canvas tote bag from some event somewhere. Maybe you use it to carry your groceries or to hold your flip flop collection in the back of your closet. Now it's time to dig it out, brush it off, and make it great again. The tote bag I used is an old J.Crew one that I thought was too dirty and wouldn't ever use again. I love how it looks now, covered with bright fake flowers!
What you need
bunches of fake flowers (you'll need at least 5-6 flower "heads" depending on the size of your bag)
a canvas tote bag
glue gun and glue sticks
How to make your own floral tote bag
Start by pulling the flower tops off the stalks of your fake flowers. You can leave the little extra connector on or use a razor to slice it off and make the bottom underneath the petals flat. Either way, it doesn't matter. I was lazy and left it on.
Lay your canvas bag on a flat surface. Arrange your flowers in your preferred design.
Glue your flowers onto the bag. I left the flowers on the bag and glued them one by one. Apply the glue all over the bottom but avoid the petals. You want them to be fluffy after all!
Do both sides of your bag then fluff the flowers.
There you have it: your very own floral tote bag!
I cannot wait to carry this bag all spring...and summer and fall too. Now you don't have to worry about buying blooming flowers; just carry them around with you instead!
Check back tomorrow to see how I'm styling my floral tote bag with a favorite spring outfit.