{DIY} Disney Tote Bags! {Craft}

This tutorial shows you how to make Disney totes.

DIY-Disney-Totes

One of the ways I surprised the boys with the Disney trip was with these adorable {easy-to-make} Disney Tote Bags.  I stuffed them full of all kinds of fun activities and they were perfect for our road-trip down to Disneyland.  I bought these totes at Dollar Tree (2 for $1) and had all the other supplies on hand.  So yeah, these babies were 50 cents each!

What you’ll need:

  • tote bags (any size)
  • black acryclic paint (unless you will be washing the bag, then use fabric paint)
  • foam brush
  • craft knife
  • cardstock for the stencil
  • painters tape
  • wax or parchment paper
  • red felt
  • hot glue

Directions:

First you will need to create a stencil of Mickey’s head.  I had a Mickey cookie cutter that I used but Mickey’s head is made up of three circles so it would be super simple to trace it out that way.  Make sure you are using nice thick paper like cardstock or else the paint will soak through when you are painting.  Now obviously you don’t have to do Mickey.  Check your cookie cutters for other fun shapes – you can be really creative here!

Use the craft knife to cut out the stencil.

Next tape the stencil to the tote bag using painters tape.  It adheres really well and I didn’t have any problems with smudging.

Slide a piece of wax paper or parchment paper inside the bag so that any paint coming through the front will not seep into the back of the tote.

Time to paint!  I used a foam brush but you can use pretty much any kind of brush you have.  I buy these in bulk from Michaels when they are 20/$1 so I can throw them out without worrying about it.  I used acrylic paint but if you plan on washing your tote, you will need to use some fabric paint.  When using a stencil it is SUPER important to paint from the outside in. NEVER paint against the stencil – paint will seep under and you won’t end up with a clean line.  I was able to use the single stencil twice without any problems.  Just let it dry in between coats.

You may need to go back over a second time (I did!) because the paint does absorb into the fabric.

Lift the stencil off carefully!

And voila!  I think this particular one was too close to the edge because after I stuffed it, part of the ear kind of disappeared.  Just keep that in mind when you’re placing your stencil.

I thought the totes needed a little something else so I decided to add a bow-tie.  Making Minnie bags??  Add the bow up by one of the ears and now you’ve got a Minnie Tote!  So this is super easy.  Two triangles, one circle = a bow-tie {or a bow}. I used a hot glue gun to attach the felt to the totes.

I stuffed these little totes for of fun activities and treats for the car ride and the boys LOVED them!  I had different stuff in each tote so I made up little R & B tags using my punches and stamps so we could easily tell them apart.  This definitely helped diffuse any arguments on  the way down :)

There are so many fun things you can do with inexpensive totes from Dollar Tree and like I mentioned earlier, just pull out that gigantic box of cookie cutters that I know you have and get some ideas.  I’ve made totes for birthday party favor bags before and it’s always fun for the kids to get something personalized like that.  I think they turned out so cute for the price and time that was required – so easy!

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Comments

  1. These are so much fun! You did a great job!

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  3. What an awesome idea! These are adorable! Definitely going to make these if we ever go to Disneyland.

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  4. This is so cool. I would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. Have a great week Anu.

  5. how super cute

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  6. These are so adorable! We just had a big Mickey and Minnie party for my two kiddos (they turned 1 and 2). Anything Mickey and Minnie is an automatic eye catcher for me:)
    XOXO Kelly from http://www.smartschoolhouse.com

  7. These are so cute and they actually look doable! And what a special treat for your kids during your drive.

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  8. Oh my gosh, those little bow ties on the Mickeys are too cute! What a fun idea for your road trip. :-) Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  9. SO adorable and easy, lucky kids! :)

  10. So cute! I wish my son was young enough to appreciate this sort of thing lol! I would totally do it for our next trip to Walt Disney World!

    I would love to invite you to post this over at my link party on The Purple Pumpkin Blog! Hope to see you there :)

  11. So cute! We are going to Disneyland in December, these would be great! We’d love for you to link this up at our party! http://housewivesofriverton.blogspot.com/2012/09/riverton-housewives-round-up-32.html

  12. Hi! This looks so cute! I found you on Lil’ Luna’s Link party and I would love it if you would share it at my link party at http://mommyssweetconfessions.blogspot.com/2012/09/sweet-confessions-sunday-link-party-6.html and any other of your great links you would like to. See you at the party!

  13. This is an awesome idea! I have a bunch of cousins who LOVE Mickey + Minnie – maybe I’ll make them each their own tote for Christmas! Found your blog via the link party, by the way. So glad I did.

    Check out my blog when you have a moment – I run a cool feature called Teach Me Something Thursday + I’d love for you to be a part of it! You are super crafty + I think it would be great for my readers to learn from you!

    Michele

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  14. I want to make these!! So cute and looks like it was so fun to make!!

  15. What a fantastic idea. I just had a Minnie Mouse birthday party for my daughter last weekend. I wish I found your post (which was posted on my birthday, ha!) so I could’ve used this idea!

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  16. I love the totes! We are in the process of making things for our October trip! So exciting!
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