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« on: June 10, 2009 04:42:31 PM »



I came home from Mexico with a bunch of these plastic totes. They are far too cute to  keep in the closet, so I cut them up and made wall lamps!

1 large Mexican grocery tote
1 wood frame, 16 inches x 16 inches
1 piece of white art paper, about 14 inches x14 inches
Scissors
Staple gun
Ribbon
Sequin trim
Liquid Fusion adhesive
Hot-glue gun
1 set of mini-lights (50)
Tulip 3D Glitter Fashion Paint, black (squeeze paint)
Crafty Chica Paint Pack (or any acrylic paint)
Crafty Chica Chunky Glitters (or any glitters!)

1. Cut the handles off the bag, then remove stitches from the sides. Cut along the bottom of the fold. Keep that main piece and set aside the rest of the bag for another project.

Cut up your tote bag so that you preserve the image or design that you want to feature on your wall.

2. Take the cut piece of bag, stretch it over the frame, and staple along the edges. If the piece will not fold over the side, just staple along the front edges. Trim off the excess.

You can center (or not) the bag image as you stretch your cut piece of bag over the frame.

3. Outline the image design with Tulip 3D Glitter Fashion Paint. Let dry.

Have fun highlighting and giving definition to the image with glittery paint!

4. Using Crafty Chica Paint Pack, paint inside the lines, and add Crafty Chica Chunky Glitters over the wet paint. Let dry.

5. Embellish the sides and front edges with trims and sequins, using the Liquid Fusion adhesive.

Paint inside the lines and embellish the sides and front edges with colorful sequins or other sparkly trinkets.

6. Flip the frame over, and slip in the white paper so it sits under the frame and serves as a backing for the image. This will allow maximum glow!

7. To add the lights, keep the frame flipped over right side down. You will want to secure them within the inside of the frame's border so your wall light will rest flush against the wall. Use a staple gun to secure the lights—staple over the cording, making sure not to puncture it! If you do puncture it, you cannot plug in your light; you will need a new strand of lights!

8. Plug in and hang!

Variation: Use a strand of battery-operated lights if you don't want the cord to show.

* Remember always to use caution for any electrical craft project!

Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy :-)
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2009 06:04:07 PM »

oh dude.  i have some of those and i didn't know what to do with them --
gracias!!
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2009 11:13:24 AM »

Ahw man, I'm wishing I had some of those totes right about now! I really like this project Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2009 11:37:37 AM »

you can get them on ebay (the totes), i think.  pretty sure that's where my mum and i got ours.
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2009 12:14:00 PM »

Thanks! You know, I also staple the back side of them to my wall in my art studio. That way I can use them to store rolls of Heat N Bond, or oversized paper, etc. I decide dlife is too short to have them in the closet! so I made it a point to bring them out in a way that I could see and enjoy them.
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