teacher appreciation mothers day gift idea canvas tote

Teacher Appreciation or Mother’s Day Gift Idea- Canvas Tote

Disclosure: I received samples of ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape to complete this project. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions and thoughts are my own

Teacher appreciation is coming up, and so is Mother’s Day… quick!! Since I am starting to work on my own projects for Avery’s amazing teacher, I thought I would share this one with you because it is quick and easy and having been a teacher, I know just how useful cute little tote bags are for the busy lady with a lot to carry. Now, that description also holds true for moms, so this gift idea, with a different quote can easily be transformed for Mother’s Day!  I always try to think in terms of things that I would like to get, not just stuff with an apple on top or made with a bunch of crayons. All those things are adorable- but practical gifts will get used not just collect dust. Here is the fun little bag I made for Avery’s teacher (Mrs. Wanda, stop reading!!), and I also have one in the works for my Mom!

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Isn’t it fun? And oh so true. Here is what I used:

First, I grabbed my tote, that you can find at almost any craft store, and my Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape.

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I taped off some stripes on the front of the tote that landed about in the middle. I just did them the thickness of the tape so I taped on line, added another right under, then taped a third. After I had three right next to each other, I pulled up the middle one, and moved it under the third one to space out all of them evenly.

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Next, I painted, making sure to paint from the tape into the middle so paint doesn’t get pushed under the tape.

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Right after I was done painting, i removed the tape and threw it away and let it dry. While it was drying, I cut a fun teaching quote out of the iron on vinyl with my Cricut. The important thing here is to make sure that before you cut, you mirror the image. Then all you have to do is remove the excess and turn the whole thing over and center it on the canvas tote.

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I ironed the whole thing together and removed the top clear plastic piece, flipped it over to iron some more and then gave it one more pass on the top.

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That’s it! I hope she likes it! I am so excited about teacher appreciation week and Mother’s Day! Can’t wait to share more projects!

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