This post is funny. Let’s just start with that.

Here’s what went down…

I have a fun group text with some of my besties. It’s been going strong for over a year and we talk about ev-er-y-thing. Literally. It’s my therapy. If I have a question, at least one of them knows the answer! For example:

Friend T: Anyone doing anything fun/cute/cheap/creative for end-of-the-year teacher gifts?

Friend J: I am! I think I’ll do some tote bags! I’ve seen a couple ideas that I like… {Here}

Me: I’m in.

Friend J: I’ll order us some totes on Amazon. Can I use your prime and get free 2 day shipping? Lol.

Me: You bet.


Friend J: I got the bags. It’s hard to tell in this picture buuuutttt I think they might be for toddlers. S@%#.

Me: Lol.

Did I mention she ordered TWELVE??? (12) Ha!

We got creative though, and I think they ended up turning out pretty darn cute!!!



12″ Tote Bags

Acrylic Paint

Stencil {We cut vinyl using the Silhouette!} For more details on that, check out this post here!

Stipple sponge brush {We found ours at Walmart for super cheap!}

Glitter {Optional}

The bags are pretty thin so just make sure to place a piece of cardboard inside when you paint.

Don’t have a fancy silhouette machine? The chevron bag was made using shape tape!

We also made a polka dot one {not pictured!} similar to this idea!

With me being a nursery leader and Friend J being in Young Women’s, we figured we could use these cute little bags pretty darn quick!


CTR-kid-tote kid-church-bag

How fun would it be to give a birthday gift in one instead of your typical gift bag?


I mean for being so tiny, the possibilities really are endless. 😉teeny-tiny-totes-for-kids.jpg



Want to see another epic fail? Check out this post!!


**Disclaimer: This post was NOT sponsored by Amazon. I just shop there, like, a lot! But if you click on my links to Amazon and buy something, I will earn a small commission. Just keepin’ it real.**


  1. Bobbi Jo says

    Those are super cute! I wouldn’t mind getting the “You are seriously awesome!” bag as a teacher!

  2. Paula says

    I think this may be an craft idea for the YW at YW Camp this year, although I know they want to do the reckless things that the YM do but underneath I think they would like doing this, especially the Beehives. Thanks for the post, I am in Canada so your post goes far and wide, I am a fan.

  3. Joanna Palmer says

    Those are totally awesome!
    I did almost the same thing with some bags for my 4-H club… wrong size!

  4. Anna says

    Hi! I LOOOOVE these bags!! Do you think you will share the .scut files?
    I really want to make the first one for myself :) or the “this is awesome” one…
    Thanks from Italy!!! 😀


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