DIY Personalized Pool Party Gift Tote

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DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Summer pool parties are so much fun, aren’t they? Woo hooooo! Summer in my family is filled with days at my mom’s pool, watching my nieces and nephew giggle and splash around. I love that they’ve learned to swim so well and enjoy watching them overcome their fear of water over the years.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

“Pool-rific” is the Michaels’ June Challenge. Perfect timing! 

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Kicking off pool party season this past holiday weekend, I gifted each of them with a cute personalized beach bag filled with fun outdoor goodies, swim accessories and beach towels.  

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Supplies I used are all available at Michaels with the exception of the beach towels.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

  • beach totes
  • Sharpie markers
  • letter stencil
  • plastic container
  • fill ‘er up: sunglasses, bubbles, plastic water bottles with carabiner, assorted dive toys
  • beach towel
  • optional: toss in some sunblock and flip-flops! 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Whether you’re looking for fun décor, activities for your kids or cute party supplies, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE summer fun!

What I did:

Using a pencil and a yardstick, I drew a faint line onto the upper part of the tote bag so that my personalization would be level. 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Then I used a pencil to stencil the letters. 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

I filled in the letters with Sharpie markers. There was a little bleeding (due to the tote bag material) but I actually like that affect, don’t you? It adds to the design! 

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

The plastic bucket/container fits perfectly inside and helps the tote back hold an open shape. Perfect for toting home a wet bathing suit too!

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Toss in fun accessories.

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

So cute for a summer time birthday gift or pool party hostess gift! 

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Pin for future reference for summer birthday party or pool party hostess gift!  

DIY personalized pool party tote bag #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Looking for more pool-rific ideas? Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ summer fun project ideas starting today at 11 a.m. EST:

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Spring Floral Centerpiece

SPRING floral centerpiece? “What the heck, DIYShowOff?! It’s still winter!” I know. I know! But I’m not a fan ::whine:: so let me indulge in thinking ahead to warmer days, fresh air and specifically, a spring with no snow. Okay? Okay! haha! For real, my Michaels Maker Challenge for February is “spring florals” so let’s embrace that pretty theme by collecting inspiration for the next upcoming season, starting with this gorgeous spring centerpiece! My inspiration was a spring theme around this beautiful Indigo Luxe/Aria (Celebrate It) wired ribbon: blues/indigo and navy, purples/eggplant and plum, oranges with white. Not colors I’d normally coordinate but oh my – how pretty, you guys! Right? Hey, Mr. Moss bunny thinks so! Look at his content expression… 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Okay, so it might be February, but there is a breath of fresh air, happy florals and spring in the aisles of Michaels Stores! Michaels has over 1,800 blooms & greenery in their new Flower Market, including trendy succulents and real-touch flowers. 

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spring floral centerpiece tutorial

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff  

Materials I used: 

  • grapevine basket
  • moss bunny
  • wired ribbon (2 1/2 in. x 3 yards)
  • florals 
  • floral tape
  • optional: hot glue or twine

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Tools: wire cutters

What I did: (Yes, in the event that you spy micro-fleece in the images below…I create in my pajamas. Doesn’t everyone?)

Unravel the ribbon, snip the ends to make them pretty. Get approval from the cat, then proceed to the next step.

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

(I cut out a “v” in the ends of mine) and find the center of the ribbon. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Starting at the spot where one side of the handle meets the basket, tuck the ribbon into the grapevine. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Repeat along each side, meeting at the other side where the handle meets the basket. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Secure ribbon to basket with hot glue or like me, simply weave twine in the ribbon loops inside the basket and tie. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Tie a bow where the ends of the ribbon meet at the handle and embellish with a flower if desired. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Using wire cutters, separate floral bundles. I have 2 pretty pre-assembled store-bought bouquets. I keep those intact and add more flowers to them for more color. Not shown: secure bouquets by winding floral tape (grab your decorative washi tape in a pinch) to bind stems. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Then tuck bouquets inside of the basket. 

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Nestle in a moss bunny…

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Display on dining room or side table. Now it’s beginning to look like spring!

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

I think it’s the perfect decorative accent and spring centerpiece to display starting right after Valentine’s Day up until Memorial Day.

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

This smug moss bunny agrees. How about you?

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Even the back side is looking good…

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I’m loving the unexpected color assortment…

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And know what else? I’m really tempted to head back to Michaels for all of this romantic spring decor to finishing the look. ::drool::

So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff So pretty! DIY spring floral centerpiece tutorial. Perfect for Easter too! #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff

Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String beginning today at 10 a.m. CST, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ spring floral project ideas.

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Like this? Please pin it to your favorite Spring Pinterest board for future reference and then give it a shout out on social media if you’re so inclined. Sending you a BIG virtual thank you hug!

Happy almost-spring, friends!

spring floral centerpiece inspiration