Let me begin by saying that I decided to use the message “Choose To Be Grateful” to remind myself to focus on the positive instead of the negative. As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I want to be sure that I cherish what matters most — my loved ones and the precious moments I’ve shared with them. Of course, you can choose your own message, perhaps a short phrase from a beloved poem or the title of your favorite song. There are endless options and your tote bag can serve as a great canvas for self-expression.
Let’s get started with our simple supplies. You can get this burlap tote bag at a craft store – we found this 12″ x 12″ burlap gift bag at a Joann craft store, but there are comparable bags on Amazon.
If you’re using a stencil, the process is pretty simple. Measure your space and use a pen to lightly mark where you’d like each word to begin and end. This will ensure that the spacing is equal and the printed message is centered on the bag. Place your stencils on your bag – you may want to use painters tape to hold your stencils in place while you paint. BEFORE you begin painting, place a large piece of paper inside the bag to keep paint from seeping through the burlap. Be careful not to apply too much paint so that things don’t get messy.
If you’re not using a stencil and you prefer to use the slightly more complicated option of tracing around stickers, then start placing the stickers on the bag, using a ruler to position each word (see the image below).
I’ve got to say, I LOVE carrying my burlap tote bag! I carry it with me all the time now, especially on trips to the grocery store. The best thing about carrying this bag is that it reminds me to be grateful for all of the things that I’m fortunate enough to put inside of it.