Saturday, July 28, 2012

Title: Glittered Canvas Tote by Carrie Hannegan

We all have a canvas tote bag or shopping bag laying around. Why not add some glitter to make it stand out? :)

Today, I'm going to take a plain canvas tote and glitter it up with a floral print.
Here is the tote before anything was added. If you need to purchase one, I happen to have them for sale right here on my website!

This is what you'll need:
  1. One canvas tote bag
  2. 1 piece of 8 1/2 x 11 card stock or thick paper
  3. Black acrylic paint
  4. A white chalk pencil and a regular pencil
  5. Fabric glue - I used Dries Clear fabric adhesive from Art Institute
  6. Art Institute Glitter - #89 Martini Ultrafine Transparent Glitter
  7. Art Institute Glitter - #358 Jungle Green Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
  8. Art Institute Glitter - #358 Cavalado Green Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
  9. Art Institute Glitter - #270 Chesapeake Blue Ultrafine Transparent Glitter
  10. Art Institute Glitter - #24 Royal Wink Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
  11. Art Institute Glitter - #322 Paris purple Ultrafine Transparent Glitter
  12. Art Institute Glitter - #130 Eclipse purple Ultrafine Opaque Hologram Glitter
  13. Art Institute Glitter - #77 Pewter gray Ultrafine Opaque Glitter
  14. Art Institute Glitter - #D10 Gypsy purple Dazzlers Glitter
  15. Art Institute Glitter - #141 Magnolia Pink Ultrafine Transparent Glitter
  16. Art Institute Glitter - #806 Sonata Small Glass Beads
First, I put a piece of thick paper inside the tote, so when I painted it or put glue on it, it wouldn't bleed through to the other side.

I then painted a black square in the front. That way, the glitter will have a dark background and light background to make it pop and give it an interesting focal point. Notice my little color palette and flower design note clothes pinned to the side of the bag.

Then, I used a chalk pencil and a regular pencil to sketch out a general outline of my flowers.

I then started glittering up a storm!

And here is the final piece...

A simple boring tote bag no more! It's even prettier in person... it catches the light and really sparkles and has a lot of vivid color. Use this bag at the grocery store and not only will it make food shopping more exciting, you'll totally brighten the bagger's day ;)

Thanks for taking a look at this project and take a look at my blog!


  1. So pretty! Too pretty just for groceries, it's lovely enough for a reusable gift bag!
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. Very, very pretty! It looks so summery!

  3. So beautiful!! I would love to make one:)

  4. Carrie this is just gorgeous! I LOVE turning anything glittery and sparkly. Thank you so much for sharing this fabulous idea!