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Transform a plain bag into a summery tote with this pretty monstera leaf motif

Stencil your tote bag with an leaf motif
Stencil your tote bag

Whether you use it as a beach bag, shopping bag or grocery bag, this simple stencilled tote is a fun and quick project you can do within an hour.

You will need:

  • Fabric tote bag Monstera palm stencil – buy or create your own using a downloaded image
  • Sticky tape or masking tape
  • Cardboard or similar, to fit inside bag
  • Small piece of sponge
  • Resene testpots in your chosen colours

Leaf stencil


  1. Lie bag flat and position your stencil where you want it to go on the bag. Fix in place with sticky tape or masking tape.

  2. Place cardboard or similar inside bag to stop paint leaking through to the other side.

Step 3 and Step 4
Step 3 and Step 4

  1. Using a small piece of sponge, dip into the Resene testpot and dab paint inside the stencil until it is filled in.

  2. Wait 15 minutes for the stencil to dry then peel off. Tape stencil to another part of the bag and repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have 3 leaf designs. Leave to dry completely.


Project and styling Vanessa Nouwens. Photography Angie Humphreys. March 2020

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