Today is an exciting DIY day because we’re deeper into spring and that means BRIGHT and h-a-p-p-y hues as a whole! This is the perfect craft to keep kids busy and having fun, bringing out the creative DIY-er in you, and for parties such as bridal showers and weddings – whether it’s an activity or a favor!
A lovely design like this will make put a win in the bag for sure ;).
You’re looking at an artsy-fartsy kinda #ootd, with the colors most associated with spring and organic, spontaneous paint splatters! So let’s get started!
What you’ll need:
- a plain fabric tote
- one sheet of card stock | heavy paper
- acrylic paints of your choice
- paint palette (or a random stack of post-its lying around, in my case)
- paint brushes
- some arm muscles (just kidding. I haven’t put my mind towards exercising lately and this worked out just fine IMHO) 🙂
Step 1: Insert your heavy sheet of paper into the fabric tote. This will help prevent the acrylic paint from draining through to the other side, causing the two sides to stick together!
* Duly Noted: Make sure to do this craft somewhere where you don’t want the workspace to get dirty! You can cover it with newspaper or whatever you have on hand to protect the base.
Step 2: Squirt out the paints of choice onto your “paint palette”! I chose bright and funky colors from the Martha Stewart Acrylic paints. Here is where you can buy these specific colors!
- Caribbean blue (a playful and refreshing blue)
- Party Streamer (a bold and sassy pink)
- Purple Yam (a mellow and calming purple)
* The “Caribbean blue” takes you to a close substitute color since this one seems to be discontinued! It’s also gorgeous 🙂 ALSO if you just want to have a cornucopia of color selections for a party or future projects, here’s a gorgeous set so you don’t keep looking for individual colors!
Step 3: Load it up! Get your paint brush and get a THICK dollop of paint onto the bristles. You want there to be enough so when you perform the next step, you get the splattered effect you want!
Step 4: Flick it on! Hold your brush above the tote, at a high angle. Then using a brisk motion, flick your wrist with the brush ending up facing the tote. The paint will fly off and create unpredictable, yet predictably beautiful organic paint splotches that add instant personality to your tote! If only that worked on people like me after a long day at work! 😉
Step 5: Hang it out to dry! Here is the finished look – I used 3 paint brushes to keep the three paint colors separate when flicking. Just keep flicking and you’ll get a good sense of where the paint will end up on the tote!
And there you have it! A simple project that yields instant YES! It’s perfect for spring, and to do as an activity with kids and adults alike. Have a neighborhood block party and let the kids have at it with something fun to do instead of standing around, waiting for their parents to stop chatting and get on home! Haha.
Let me know what you think of this sweet & simple DIY, and have a lovely day!
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