I have been noticing these adorable monogram basket bags popping up everywhere this summer. Not only are they the perfect tote for the beach but they would make such a fun gift for a bachelorette weekend in the sun! While these totes are super cute their price tag of $150 is not and makes it slightly hard to buy in bulk as bridesmaids gifts. But with a little bit of paint and a steady hand you can recreate this designer tote for under $50! Read on below to learn how to get the look and see how I transformed a plain straw bag into summers hottest accessory!
First you will need to tape your basket with painters tape. I thought it would be really difficult to tape in a straight line but it’s actually not that bad. You just need to follow the pattern of the basket weave down to make sure your tape is straight.Next paint your outside lines. I was torn between the paint shades Summer Haze and Blue Sky. I ended up using Blue Sky but I think Summer Haze would also be a pretty color for a bride. As the basket is not straight it is really easy for paint to seep under the painters tape. I suggest painting with a small brush and holding the tape down as you paint. Work in small brushstrokes for the first layer of paint. I ended up painting three layers to get a really solid color.Once your paint has fully dried remove the tape. I chose to freehand the white inside line but if you are nervous place more painters tape. Let the white paint fully dry before moving on to this next step. Place your first stencil letter down and secure with your hand or tape. Paint inside the stencil and repeat for your second letter.Once your letters have dried add a bit of shadow with white paint to finish.Once your bag has dried it is ready for the beach! If you’re worried about chipping add a bit of Modge Podge sealer to your bag. With regular use your bag will chip a little – but that just makes it look well loved! Make sure to tag us with #coastalbridediy if you make this project!
Photography + Styling: Gillian Ellis