How to Stencil a Beach Bag

DIY Stenciled Beach Bag

Are you packing your bag and headed to the beach for one last trip, before the official end of summer? Do you live near a beach? Or maybe you just need a bag for yourself or your little one, to hold some of your summer goodies? Either way, I’m excited to share an easy tutorial on how to stencil a beach bag.

I’m in denial summer is almost over, so I decided to share a fun summer post with you before summer sneaks away.

I live near the ocean, so I try to go to the beach as much as we can, so I enjoy sharing ways to make your day at the beach as easy as possible. When we head to the beach I have a few basic rules I go by. If you haven’t read my post on Packing the Perfect Beach Bag, you can read it here.

To stay organized I decided to give my daughter who is 6 years old, some more responsibility when packing for the beach. I’m super excited to finally pass over some of her beach towels, books, and goodies. I found some adorable mini beach bags, ones perfect for a little girl or teenager, at Target in their Dollar bins. Don’t you just love that area in Target, those ah-mazing baskets full of hidden treasure for your next craft or DIY?

The bag I chose isn’t very fancy to start with. It’s a basic wicker bag with handles. I knew it needed some pizzazz.

Here’s our super simple tutorial

How to stencil a beach bag


You’ll need your wicker beach bag, stencils, acrylic paint, painters tape, and a sponge brush.

I used FolkArt acrylic paint – Magenta

For the stencils, you could use any letters that you like best. I used some we had, they are 3×3 in size.

First I measured out my area where I’d be placing my stencils. Next I applied each stencil by using painters tape to hold each letter to the beach bag. If you can’t seem to get your letters lined up, you can always grab a level or ruler, to help out.

how to stencil a beach bag

how to stencil a beach bag

 Once your letters are in place with tape tightly placed around them, you can begin painting over each letter. Dab a small amount of paint onto each letter, it doesn’t take a whole lot of paint to decorate your bag.

how to stencil a beach bag

 As you paint each letter, press down firmly on the stencil so no paint leaks out from underneath. That’s the trick to this easy stenciled beach bag. If you’re using a nice sponge brush that’ll be helpful in keeping the paint in place. You really don’t need a whole lot of paint on the wicker for the color to pop.

Once you’re done painting your letters, let dry, and then remove the tape.

You now have one super cool bag for your next beach trip. My daughter loves hers, as you can see below.

how to stencil a beach bag

Here’s our final product enjoying a day at the beach.

how to stencil a beach bag

I hope you found our tutorial simple enough to create a little extra color to your beach bag. It’s easy and doesn’t take long to make, and the next thing you know, you are ready to roll to the beach.

If you’re still enjoying summer and want to add a fun scavenger hunt for your next beach trip, you might like our free Beach Scavenger Hunt printable, you can check it out here.

How are you soaking up the last few drops of summer?

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    • says

      Hi Leslie, I hope you’re having a good week so far! I’m so glad you like my stencil beach bag. It was so easy, which is always a bonus too!

    • says

      Thanks Sinea, it’s an easy tutorial and doesn’t take long at all. We actually made two because I love them so much. Enjoy your weekend!

    • says

      Funny you say that Clare…so do I. I actually bought two of these bags to decorate, because you always need an extra bag, right? Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great week ahead!


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