Graphic 45 By The Sea papers
Kraft card stock
Graphic 45 By The Sea chipboard 1
Charms, sea themed
16 oz. Plastic drink cup
3/4″ wide striped twill ribbon(other types of ribbon is ok)
18″ thin natural jute twine
Once the materials are ready, we can start our DIY crafts.
- Carefully cut a slit down the side of a 16 oz. plastic drink cup. Then cut off the top and bottom.
- Create a template by tracing the flatten cup onto scrap card stock. Make sure to add an extra 1/2 inch to left end for overlapping.
- Cut out traced shape correcting any imperfections as you go. (It doesn’t have to be totally perfect.)
- Trace your template onto your favorite patterned paper & cut out.
- Create an accent strip by tracing the lower portion of your template onto a coordinating pattern paper. Use the traced line as a guide to cut your strip about 1/2 inch wide.
- Do the same to the top to cut another accent strip. I cut mine from kraft card stock. The width should be about 3/4″.
- Make a fringed edge by making lots of little snips with scissors (or fringe scissors if you have them).
- Adhere your original template closed with glue. While giving it a squeeze with one hand (to resemble the shape of a tote bag) create a template for the base by tracing onto scrap card stock.
- Draw another oval about 1/4 inch larger than your traced one. (Again, doesn’t have to be perfect.)
- Use a craft knife to cut away the center.
- Trace just the outer oval onto desired pattern paper. Cut out.
- Flip it face down and trace the template’s inner oval.
- Make small snips with scissors all the way around, cutting just to the inner oval as shown.
- Fold up the cut flaps. This forms the base of the tote bag.
- Put double-sided tape along the inside bottom edge & right edge of main piece (I used 1/4 inch Scor-tape).
- With base piece on table, start rolling the main piece around it as shown.
- Adhere the right edge overlapping the left to finish off the tote shape.
- This is how the bottom should look.
- You’ll notice I’ve inked the edges of my papers with a brown ink. Now we need to embellish our tote.
- Use a thick tacky glue to adhere kraft fringe around top of tote.
- Cut two ribbons approximately 10 inches long. Use fabric glue to adhere to each side of tote.
- Twill ribbon works well and has a natural look.
- Adhere the accent strip you cut earlier around the base of the tote. This covers the raw edges of the ribbon nicely.
- Pop out small chipboard shapes and ink-distress the edges.
- Adhere small charms to the chipboard pieces. I use E6000 adhesive.
- Punch two small holes in the back of the tote and one hole in the front.
- Insert silver eyelets and set with an eyelet setting tool. (I use the Crop-a-dile.) Thread an 18 inch piece of thin twine through the back two holes and pull the tails through the front hole.
- Once the glue is dry, pierce a hole through the chipboard where the charm opening is.
- Thread one tail of the twine through the charm/chipboard and the other tail above it. Tie tails into a bow.
- ix & match chipboard, charms and pattern papers when making your totes.
- Try different ribbon colors too.
- Put a few Summer themed goodies in the totes like a sunscreen, drink mix, sea shell chocolates, and a drink umbrella.
- Now you’re ready for a Summer party!
Thanks for Annette Green, for more inspiration, please visit her blog.