Make This Cute Ice Cream Decorated Tote Bag For Summer

Adriana G
by Adriana G
5 Materials
15 Minutes

Do you need tote bags for summer activities, work, or back-to-school? Follow this tutorial to learn how to decorate a tote bag and make it uniquely yours! I will show you my ice cream tote bag and give you some other tote bag decoration ideas.

Tools and materials:

  • Plain tote bag
  • Pom-poms
  • Acrylic fabric paint
  • Craft paint brush
  • Hot glue and glue gun
How to decorate a tote bag

1. Start with a plain tote bag

You can either purchase a simple, plain tote bag, or use a tote bag you already have. For this demo, I used a tote bag that had some stains on it, and covered the stains with my decoration!

Adding colored pom-poms to the bag

2. Add pom-poms

Lay several pom-poms on the front of your tote bag, to represent scoops of ice cream.

If you want to make your own pom-poms, follow my pom-pom tutorial.

Tote bag decoration ideas

3. Make ice cream cones

Pencil in a sketch of cones to fit your ice-cream scoop pom-poms.

Put a piece of cardboard into your tote bag, so any painting you do on the front of the tote bag doesn’t go through to the back.

How to make an ice cream tote for summer

Remove the pom-poms from your tote bag, and use acrylic fabric paint to complete your cones.

Drawing lines to make waffle cones

I added darker brown lines to make waffle cones!

Attaching the pom-poms

4. Attach the pom-poms

Use a hot glue gun to glue the pom-pom scoops of ice-cream into place on the cones. You can make double-scoops by placing a small pom-pom above a larger one.

Adding ice cream drips

5. Hide (or purposefully make) drips

Did you happen to notice that when I was painting the cones, my paint dripped in a couple of spots? No problem! I just used other fabric paint to paint in ice-cream drips over my accidental paint drips.

DIY ice cream decorated tote bag

DIY ice cream decorated tote bag

This cute ice cream design doesn’t have to be limited to tote bags. Try it on t-shirts, backpacks, jean jackets – anything that you want to make a bit more fun. I hope you try this ice-cream tote bag design. Leave a comment to let me know if you did, and what you adorned with pop-pom ice-cream cones!

Suggested materials:
  • Plain tote bag
  • Pom-poms
  • Acrylic fabric paint
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