DIY Apple-Picking Tote Bag

Create a custom bag that's perfect for apple-picking adventures.
DIY Apple Picking Totebag

DIY Apple Picking Totebag

Create a fun apple-themed canvas tote bag perfect for apple picking.

Photo by: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo by Melissa Caughey

Every year we always go on an adventure to discover new apple orchards in New England. Picking apples is one of our all-time favorite family activities. There is nothing like spending the afternoon in the fall sunshine, strolling through the orchard, and picking variety after variety of apples. We tend to top off our day with a hayride, then sip on delicious, freshly-squeezed apple cider and snack on hot cider doughnuts. It's a wonderful tradition.

After we are done for the day, we haul the delicious orbs home in the plastic sack that the orchard provided us. Sadly, we recycle the bag mere hours after we fill it up. This year, I thought that it would be fun to create our own family apple-picking bag. It would certainly hold up longer than its plastic counterpart and when done, we could put it to good use in our collection of canvas shopping bags that we take to the grocery store.

This craft is fun for the entire family and takes only about an hour to complete. Real apples are used to make the block style prints on this bag. In fact, you can get creative with all sorts of fruits and vegetables to create beautiful works of art!  From gift cards, wrapping paper to t-shirts, the possibilities are endless.

Here is what you will need to get started to make one of these apple tote bags.

Supply List:

  • A canvas tote bag
  • Apples
  • Fabric paint (I used red, green and brown)
  • Sharp knife
  • Newspaper
  • Two paint brushes (one thick, the other fine-tipped)
  • Disposable plate

Now take a peek at the gallery below for step-by-step instructions.

Apple Tote Bag How-To

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DIY Apple-Picking Totebag

Create a fun apple-themed canvas tote bag perfect for apple-picking.

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Gather Your Supplies

For this craft you will need: a canvas tote bag / fabric paint (red, green, brown) / two brushes (a thick and fine tip) / newspaper / disposable plate / apple / sharp knife / piece of cardboard (size of bag)

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Two Halves

Cut the apple in half, right down the middle from top to bottom.

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Add Paint

Spread out newspaper or craft paper in your workspace. Add a bit of red paint to the disposable plate. With the thicker brush apply a coat of paint to one of the apple halves.

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Practice First

On the craft or newspaper, try stamping the apple to get the the hang of it a few times. You can do touch-ups with your paint brush.

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Ready For Canvas

Place the cardboard inside the bag to prevent the paint from bleeding onto the other side.  Determine your design.  Here, I started in the very center of the bag and added the top and bottom apples. 

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Mix It Up

Try adding a touch of whimsy with a different-colored apple or two in your design. Lastly, with the small fine paint brush, add in the stems with brown paint. Allow it to dry as directed on the paint bottle prior to use.

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

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