At the age of 10 (how did that even happen?), Harry is very concerned about the environment and on us all being more eco-friendly.

When we talked a few weeks ago about what Christmas gift he might make for special relatives and friends, we hit upon the idea of a reusable grocery shopping tote bag, decorated with some of Harry’s own appetite-stimulating art…

DIY shopping bags

Remember in the summer when we made paper-collaged food for our holiday project?

DIY paper food collaging

I scanned Harry’s work and together we printed it onto t-shirt transfer paper (lots of brands are very good; I used Epson Cool Peel paper for this).  I ordered some inexpensive canvas tote bags online – details below – and then we cut out the shapes and I ironed them into place; now our family can have a visual reminder of all the things they need to pick up at the shops!

shopping bag DIY

I kept one for myself (I couldn’t resist) and it came in handy this morning.  I’d love to say my daily grocery shop always looks like this, but in my defence we have friends coming tonight for a holiday dinner so I got to buy ALL THE GOOD THINGS 🙂

DIY shopping tote

All the other bags are now tagged and ready, some of them filled with gifts – we’re almost Christmas-ready!

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My supplies…

  • Tote bags were these ones (they regularly go on sales at half-price)
  • This transfer paper is always reliable (expensive but consistently good – which matters when it’s a precious project)

This would be a great project to use with any kids art (or your own).  I’d suggest maintaining them by sponging off any stains and marks rather than tossing them into the washing machine – theoretically they should be fine but you never know!

Have a great week

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