6 Super Easy Ways to Personalise Your Canvas Tote Bags

Canvas Tote Bags

Canvas bags are enjoying a meteoric rise popularity this year, and there’s nothing more fun than taking your average, run-of-the-mill tote and adding a bit of personality to make it your own.

We’ve gathered a variety of tips and links to fun DIY tutorials that will have your canvas tote standing out in any crowd.

Tie Dyed

Also having a moment this year is the tie-dyed trend…so why not combine the two for an unforgettable look? This fun and easy tutorial from Pretty Life Girls creates a lovely sunburst pattern that is so easy you can even get kids involved in the fun!

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Decorate With Dots

Who knew dots could be so darling? With a few (or a few hundred) carefully placed dots of paint, this plain tote takes on a look that is charming and unique. Use any color combination you like…from muted and subtle to bright and bold. The choice is yours!

The Spruce Crafts has an easy-to-follow tutorial that will have your tote looking spectacularly spotty in no time!

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Add a Little Doily Detail

This is another DIY method that looks far too pretty to have been crafted at home. You’ll only need a handful of supplies…most of which you likely already own…and a steady hand for painting the monogram. Head over to Ashley Ann Photography’s blog for details on how to use a paper doily to create this lovely design.

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Flower Pounding Tote

Have you heard of flower pounding? I hadn’t either until I saw someone at the local farmer’s market sporting a gorgeous tote that I was sure had been hand painted using watercolors. Not so!

The flower pounding technique involves taping fresh flowers to the surface of a clean tote, then literally pounding their color into the fabric using a hammer! I’d never seen anything like it but, after giving it a go, I found it to be remarkably easy! This tutorial by Design Sponge will walk you through the steps.

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Add Color Blocked Triangles

Need a little more geometry in your life? Angular shapes are on trend this season, so why not add them to your canvas tote? With a few bottles of craft paint, a stencil, and little creativity, you can easily create a tote that is full of sleek angles and lines.

Try this fun tutorial from White House Black Shutters. They list everything you’ll need to create this lovely look in just a few hours.

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Try Your Hand at Decoupage

To be honest, I can’t even remember the last time I uttered the word decoupage but, after seeing this fun tote tutorial, I knew it had to be included in this blog. Leave it to the decoupage originator, Modge Podge, to come up with this tutorial that transforms your plain canvas bag in three easy steps.

We can already feel the sand in our toes and the ocean breeze in our hair!

As you can see, there is no limit to the personalization that can happen with a simple, sturdy canvas tote. Whether your style is chic and classic, fun and funky, or minimalistic and modern, there are plenty of easy-to-follow DIY tutorials that can take your tote from bland to beautiful in a few hours!

Cooper Canvas Owner Sonia

Written By: Sonia Irani
Director of Marketing | Cooper Industries Canvas PVT Ltd.


Sonia is an experienced marketer who has been working for companies big and small for over a decade. It was not until recently that her sister and inherited a global canvas exporting business from their father that she realised her passion for all things canvas.

She is now on a mission to make the world as eco-friendly as possible – one canvas tote at a time!

Known for her skills and integrity coupled with a positive outlook, Sonia runs Cooper Industries with passion to ensure the Cooper Legacy lives on.

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