State-ment Tote

Posted on Apr 24 2015 - 8:22am by Patty Minichiello

I was at a store last weekend and came across the coolest tote that had the state of California and a heart pin where someone could move it to to place on their location… or just wherever they want in general.

I wasn’t sure how often I’d use this bag, so I opted to create my own version at a much cheaper price and loved the end result.

You will need:

1 canvas tote bag

1 bottle of acrylic paint (color of your choice)

1 paint brush

1 wooden heart (you can also paint to the color of your choice)

1 button back


State stencil (of your choice)

SO. I realized that state stencils on Amazon (or anywhere really) were pretty costly, so I made my own by printing out the state of CA, cutting it and tracing it onto the canvas:


Paint in the state:

Fasten the wooden heart to a back:


Pin the heart and viola!