We live in an area where customers are charged for using plastic bags in store to encourage them to bring reusable bags. My Mother-In-Law also lives in an area that encourages reusable bags. While we were shopping for all the things needed after a big move, MIL and I got talking about how nice it is to have fun shopping bags. Her bags are several years old and starting to show wear. She asked me to make her some new ones for Christmas. This is one of the ideas we came up with: (Sorry for spoiling the surprise Mom, but there are others not pictured that you’ll see at Christmas!)
I found blank canvas tote bags at our local craft store on sale a few weeks ago. We also bought fabric paint in the boys assigned colors. I don’t like putting kids names on things, so using our color-codes seemed like a fun way to personalize the bags.
Paper plates make for quick clean up.
We put a quarter size drop of paint on the plate, then let the kids squish the paint with their hands.
The boys LOVED the messy part of the process.
The littlest guy did the best job of getting a good, thick layer of paint on his hand.
I helped the boys place their hands on the bags and push down on each finger to get a full handprint.
After doing all the handprints, we washed the paint off the hands with soap. I added 2016 with paint so we can remember which year we made these bags. We let the bags dry for 48 hours before getting them wrapped to go under the Christmas Tree.
Now we are ready to shop in style! Do you use reusable bags in your area?