Give a Plain Ol' Tote a Major Pop of Color

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Got more canvas tote bags than you know what to do with? Us too. Rather than let them pile up in the closet, give 'em new life! All you need is a stencil and a little paint.

DIY Stenciled Tote Bag

Want to think outside the triangle? Check out even more stenciling techniques and tips right here .

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Every style blogger worth her selfie is posting summer snaps with a glass of rosé in one hand and straw beach bag in the other. And with good reason: the bags are roomy, durable, and pretty darn cute. (Plus, sand just shakes right out of them.) What's not so cute: how crazy-expensive they can be, sometimes upwards of $150, especially when they have embroidery or other embellishments. Say goodbye to your #summervibes budget.
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Clothing and accessories are a totally awesome way for kids — and everyone, really — to express their creativity. But instead of going out and buying new stuff for back to school this year, help your little fashionistas upgrade what they've got with some cool DIY felt patches. They're easy to make and look great ironed onto everything from backpacks to jean jackets.
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Give a Plain Ol' Tote a Major Pop of Color