Get your creative juices flowing and make a watercolor tote bag—you don’t even have to get out a paintbrush! You can revive a tote bag you already have or buy new from your local craft store—it’s very affordable and there are usually a variety of sizes.

We’ve worked out the kinks through trial and error, and have come up with some solid tips:

  • If making a floral design like ours, use the rubbing alcohol sparingly. Seriously, one dropper-full is all you need, especially for small flowers. The more you use, the larger the flowers get and become less clearly defined.
  • Whether following our photo as a guide or creating your own design, use a circular motion when drawing with the markers. Lines tend to show through and don’t blend as well once alcohol has been applied.

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Watercolor tote bag instructions

how to make a watercolor tote bag
  • cardboard
  • canvas tote bag
  • [url href=”” target=”_blank” title=”Permanent Markers”]permanent markers[/url]
  • rubbing alcohol
  • [url href=”” target=”_blank” title=”Eyedropper”]eyedropper[/url]
  • iron
  1. Place a piece of cardboard into tote bag to prevent markers from bleeding through the canvas.
  2. Starting in the center of the tote bag, draw a 5-petal flower, using a circular motion to fill it in. Leave space in the center of the flower for a yellow dot.
  3. Using an eyedropper, add one drop of alcohol to each petal and one for the yellow dot. Repeat to make as many flowers as necessary to form a heart shape.
  4. Randomly add a few more drops of alcohol to blend the flowers. Remove cardboard and allow bag to dry.
  5. Once dry, set the color by ironing the design, using a high heat setting.
An alternative to setting the color with an iron is to throw the tote in a dryer for 15 minutes.

Watercolor tote bag