Sunday, May 4, 2014

LIFE: DIY "Birkin" Bag

I've spent more hours than I'm willing to admit looking at ridiculously beautiful (and expensive) handbags. I have yet to decide which is my bigger weakness- shoes or purses. So, while that debate rages on, I've found a way to keep myself somewhat occupied while I stash away pennies that wouldn't even make a dent in the funds required for 97% of my wishlist.

anyone have an extra $12,000 lying around they'd like to give me?

While I'm waiting and waiting (and waiting some more) for the coins to add up, I took a few out to make a "quick fix" solution to my desire for a new bag. One of the fun new things I've seen out are canvas tote bags with funny or cute little designs on them. Forever21 is a big priopieter of this, and for $3.80, can you really find a better deal? Why, yes. Yes, you can.

A quick trip down the craft aisle at Wal-Mart revealed a 3-pack of canvas totes on clearance for $5, although I think they were only a little over $6 regularly. 

These markers were an impulse buy during a Hobby Lobby trip (also in clearance) but they've proved quite useful. They don't fade or bleed like normal Sharpies, although if that's what you have sitting around I'm sure it would work just as well. Just be sure to use a light hand.
Since the pack came with 3, I made another one! (The first one didn't turn out just how I liked. I'm quite a perfectionist).

The beauty of these is that a) you can make them say whatever you want b) they're cheaper than getting 3 bags for $3.80 each and c) they won't be like anyone else's! Plus they kept me busy instead of eating or sleeping.

1. Mock trace everything out to make sure it will fit nicely
2. Keep the letter relatively tall and skinny. I found it much easier to keep things looking "professional" that way. 
3. I also found it easier to hold the pen fairly far up along the length of it. 

So instead of rocking a more than fabulous leather bag, I'll be looking ironic and hipster with my tote bag that looks like it might have cost 3x as much from Urban Outfitters. That's always a win in my book.
xoxo, Katie

PS- Do you think DIYs should be under lifestyle or inspiration? I just kinda guessed and I'm hoping it makes sense here, haha


  1. Hahah i love these bags! so fun and seems quick to do too :)

  2. Omg, I laughed so hard at the DIY Birkin Bag, and the results. Too hilarious!!!
    Angie x