DIY Pom-Pom Tote Bag

Straw tote bags with pom-poms are everywhere this spring!  Top designers are cashing in on this trend, selling these bags for over $100!

Today I’m going to show you how to make a trendy pom-pom tote bag yourself for just a few dollars.  I made this bag for just $3.  THREE DOLLARS!

 

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I found a $3 straw tote bag at Target in the $1/$3 section near the entrance of the store.  Then I added the pom-poms that I made at home using string I had leftover from other craft projects.

This pom-pom tote bag is so versatile.  You can use it for the beach, a trip to the farmer’s market, or as an everyday handbag for spring.

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

 

Here is what you will need:

MATERIALS:

  • Straw tote bag
  • Can opener
  • Fork
  • Various colors of yarn, string, or baker’s twine
  • Scissors

 

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

INSTRUCTIONS:

 1 – Start with the can opener.  It will be used to make a large pom-pom.  (The fork will be used to make a small pom-pom.)  Pick one color of string/yarn.  Place one end of the string between the handles of the can opener.

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2 – Then start wrapping the string around the handles:

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

3 – Continue until you have a large amount wrapped around the handles.  I looped the string around the handles about 60 times.

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

4-  Then use a second piece of string about 5-6 inches long to tie the middle. (You can use the same color, but I used a different color here so you can see what I’m doing).

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5- Carefully pull the string off the handles of the can opener.  After removing the string from the handles, you might find that you did not tie the middle tight enough.  If so, just flip it over and tie it again tighter.

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6- Now it’s like a figure 8.  Cut the top and bottom loops:

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7-  Finally, use your fingers to fluff the string into the shape of a ball by separating the pieces of string.  Don’t cut off the string you used to tie the middle of the pom-pom.

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

 

8-  To make a smaller pom-pom, use the fork and follow the same steps as above:

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.comFor the small pom-pom, I looped the string around the fork about 30 times.

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

This time, I’m using the same color string to the tie the middle:

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

9 – Make additional pom-poms in the sizes and colors you like.  I picked spring colors that would complement the mint accent color on the straw tote.

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

 

10-Now you will need to tie the pom-poms to the tote bag.  Loop a piece of string around one handle of the tote bag.

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11 – Make a knot at the point you want the lowest pom-pom to hang.

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

12 – Tie the pom-poms to the string, using the middle string that is still hanging on the pom-pom.

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

13 – Carefully cut off all the loose strings, and you’re done!

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

 

I hope you enjoyed this craft project.  If you make this DIY pom-pom tote, please share your pictures with me on Instagram using the tag @mangobungalow.  Happy crafting!

DIY pom-pom tote bag | themangobungalow.com

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