Need the perfect way to wrap that Mother's Day gift? Have your kids create these simple, yet stunning tote bags. We came up with two different styles, a scribble art tote that even the youngest artist can create and a batik inspired bleach pen tote that will let older children flex their creative muscles. Both designs result in beautiful bags any mom would love to use.
I love the idea of kid-made things we actually want to use! This is not to say that there isn't a special place in my heart for macaroni necklaces, but a chic little bag to carry to the market is really something any mom can use AND brag about! These totes use one of my favorite tricks: simplicity. Toddler scribbles are much more chic when confined to black and white and framed by interesting shapes. And kid art in a batik style reads more folksy and less elementary.
Scribble Art Tote Bag
- Iron your bag and insert a piece of cardboard inside.
- Tape the bag to a table in a simple pattern. We used stripes for the first side and an asymmetrical star burst for the second side. Be sure to press the tape firmly into place.
- Give your little artist the pen and let them go to town. The more scribbles the better!
- Optional: repeat on the other side.
- Remove the tape and cardboard and use your iron to heat set the design.
Bleach Pen Tote Bag
- Iron your tote and place a piece of cardboard inside.
- Have your kiddo think of a design they would like to create. Have them wear a pair of rubber gloves if you're worries about them possibly touching bleach.
- Give them the bleach pen and let them go to town.
- Let the bleach set for about 30 minutes.
- Rinse the tote in cold water and let dry.
I hope you and your kiddos love making and gifting this cool bags. And to all those mamas out there, I'm wishing you a very happy mother's day!
And if rad totes are your jam, this free printable iron transfer is screaming mother's day gift in the best possible way.
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