MY DIY | Back-to-School Cotton Canvas Cactus Bag


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Since we have been talking back to school this week, why not end it with a super cute DIY project! Since you never want to show up with the exact same stuff as everyone else *the horror!* today I am showing you how to customize a cotton canvas pencil case or backpack and make it your own. This project is super quick and simple, but the finished product is so adorable. I love how you can pick colors and patterns that really show off your personality and make it unique to you. I chose a pink and green color combo, to create a fun cactus and strawberry print for my project. Plus a few with gold triangle accents! Cotton canvas is the perfect material because it is easy to iron on the decals and it’s durable so it will last throughout the school year. Check out the video below to learn more about making your own, or get to supplies and step-by-step after the break. Have a great weekend!


What you need: 
Green Iron-On Sheet
Gold Metallic Iron-On Sheet
Cotton Canvas Backpack
Cotton Canvas Wristlet
Tumble Dye

What to do: 
Step 1: Tape off the bottom portion of your bag
Step 2: Using the dye, spray the bottom of the bag pink or your desired color
Step 3: Peel off tape and let dry
Step 4: Use a cacti stencil, or create your own, and trace onto the back of the iron-on paper
Step 5: Cut out the cacti stencil
Step 6: Place cacti on bag with the adhesive facing down
Step 7: Iron on fabric according to the iron-on paper directions
Step 8: Peel off backing to reveal your cactus pattern
Step 9: Add Supplies!


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  1. Renaud says:

    This looks really really cute!


    Renaud |

  2. Anouk says:

    It looks like fun! I love cactusses 🙂

  3. Neeltje | Thoughts in Style says:

    I love this idea! X

  4. Sophie says:

    Love this so much, such a great DIY. Sophie x

  5. Ann Workman says:

    Really nice project! I like your choice of colors and theme. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Vivi says:

    Ooh I love everything cacti!

    Vivi /

  7. Sherry says:

    This is adorable. I am not ready to go back to school. Great for kids any age.?

  8. Vicky Sullivan says:

    Love these!


  9. Beth says:

    Where did you get the zipper backpack?

  10. Amy says:

    This is so cute! Great idea! X

  11. Cassie Jean says:

    Love this idea! Your site is my absolute fav!

  12. Margarida Fundo says:

    Hi Jenni! I do not usually comment on posts in blogs or videos on YouTube, but this time I could not resist! I’m Portuguese, but I love reading blogs written in English, and your blog is by far the best DIY blog I have ever read! Your posts are super original, your photos have a fantastic quality and your blog is an inspiration to me! I love cacti, and after seeing this DIY I thought “I have to buy the materials and do it!” All this to tell you that I love your blog! However, I would be very happy if you could visit my blog! It’s a recent blog and still need to be worked out, but I still believe that maybe you take the trouble to visit a blog from a fan:! Xoxo, Maggie

  13. Jelena says:

    So beautiful… Great post…

  14. Michelle says:

    This is so cute, I need to try out these iron on sheets!

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