Welcome to December’s craft room destash challenge! Every month a group of bloggers are challenged by C’mon Get Crafty to create a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies! This month, I dug into my craft stash and created Mini Christmas Tote Gift Bags.
Mini Christmas Tote Gift Bags
Since I’m a 99 Cents Only store ambassador, I picked up mini Christmas totes when I bought the supplies to create Simple Sticker Ornaments. These Christmas tote kits came with pens, but since this is a craft room destash challenge, I also used items from my craft stash to decorate the totes too.

Mini Christmas Tote Gift Bags

Mini Christmas Tote Gift Bag Kits


  • Mini Christmas Tote Kits from the 99 Cents Only
  • Permanent markers in various colors
  • acrylic paint in various colors
  • puffy fabric paint – white
  • paint brushes
  • cardboard
  • glitter – white and gold
  • optional – Mod Podge
  • optional – pom pom trim
  • optional – sewing machine or fabric glue
  • optional – textile medium

How to:

Mini Christmas Tote Gift Bags - Santa

Important – place a piece of cardboard inside the tote before coloring the tote to catch any color bleeding. Next, color the bag any way you like. I used red acrylic paint mixed with textile medium, Sharpie pens, and puffy paint.


  1. When using paint, color from the top down so you don’t drag your hand through wet paint.
  2. Mix textile medium with acrylic paint to make it less stiff when dry.

Mini Christmas tote gift bags with glitter

Closeup of Mini Christmas Tote Gift Bags

If adding glitter to puffy paint, sprinkle it on while it is wet and let it sit until the puffy paint is dry. Do not shake off glitter while the puffy paint is wet or it may drip. For other areas, use Mod Podge as the glue for the glitter and shake off excess.
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Finished Mini Christmas Tote Gift Bags - Santa, snowman, gingerbread house
When the puffy paint is dry and the glitter is dusted off, add any other additional details. I sewed on pom pom trim and added a pom pom to Santa’s hat. My daughter colored the other mini Christmas tote gift bags and added mini buttons to the snowman and LOTS of glitter. Lots and lots of glitter…
I hope you enjoyed this mini Christmas tote gift bag tutorial. It’s a super easy, fun, and affordable Christmas craft to do with kids or just to relax. Now, let’s check out the other Craft Room Destash crafts!

Check out some awesome creations you might be able to make from your own stash! #CraftRoomDestashChallenge

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  1. What a great idea to decorate these little tote bags with so much glitter and bling. I actually bought hand sewn little tote backs at our church to give some presents away.

  2. These are darling! Love the addition of puff paint & pom poms! Thanks for the tips on how to color too, since I’ve never done this technique. I’d like to try it! Where did you say you got the totes? Must have missed that. These are so pretty & would make great gifts!

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