Affix a free printable gift tag to a pretty hand-painted tote for a quick and easy teacher gift idea any educator will love to receive and use!
Every year, I always love to have a nice gift to make to give to my kids’ teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, birthdays, Christmas, or the end of the school year. Finding an inexpensive, easy handmade teacher gift idea is a must, and today’s idea is one that comes together in just about 5 minutes of active crafting time (honestly!). Armed with a cute straw tote from Michaels, some craft paint, and my handy free printable tags, you can create a nice painted tote teacher gift for a special educator in your life. Continue reading for all the details!
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Painted Tote Teacher Gift Idea Supplies
- Straw tote
- Multi-surface acrylic craft paint
- Paint brush
- Painter’s tape
- White cardstock
- Hole punch
- Ribbon and/or twine
Tote Gift Tags (click link to download the free printables)
Apply the paint to the lower third of the tote using the brush. If desired, you can use painter’s tape to section off the portion of the bag you wish to cover with the paint. On this bag, I found that the lines created with the woven straw worked as a handy guide as I painted, so no tape was necessary.
On a straw bag like this one, you need to work in small sections and dab, rather than brush, on the paint so that it reaches down into all of the nooks and crannies. When you’ve painted all the way around the perimeter of the bag, set the project aside to dry completely.
When the paint is dry, print the free printable tote gift tags onto white cardstock. Using scissors, cut around the tags, and punch a hole through the top of each one.
Attach the tag to the tote handle with ribbon or twine.
In just a little bit of time, you have a fun and useful gift ready to go that your teacher is sure to love!
No time to make a painted tote? No worries! These printable tags are perfect for adding to any tote bag you like for an instant teacher gift idea.
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Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.