We can’t get enough of our Independence Day-themed goodies, so it’s always a sad moment when July 5 arrives and we’re supposed to tuck all of our star-spangled décor away until next year. Happily, that red, white and blue combo can work well into the rest of the summertime on its own! We’re making these colors less holiday-centric with a DIY painted tote that will work through September. Because, really — this classic Americana look will never go out of style!
Project + Photography: Carrie Waller of Dream Green DIY
First, use painter’s tape to mark off the bottom area of your tote. To achieve a thick band of color, apply tape about 6 inches above the bottom of your bag. (Note: because of the curved shape of this tote, it was easiest to work with several small pieces of tape instead of one long one.)
Next, tape a plastic grocery bag around the top of the tote to protect it from paint. Take the tote outside and set it on a piece of scrap wood or cardboard. Hold a can of red spray paint about 1 foot from the surface you designated with the tape. Squeeze the nozzle, sweeping evenly from side to side. You may need 2 to 3 coats to completely cover the area. Remove the tape and plastic bag immediately, then place the tote in a cool area indoors to dry for 24 hours.
To add stripes of white and blue, squeeze acrylic paint onto a plastic painter’s tray and — using a small detail brush — carefully paint lines just above the red area. This may sound intimidating, but the stitched ridges on the surface of the straw tote will help you create straight lines.
Allow the acrylic paint to dry for another 24 hours, then begin filling your tote with all of your necessities!