The oh so fashionable Hessian shopping bags are great because they are boxy and sturdy and strong. However most of them are labelled up with logos and corporate brands. I found this new one with the tags still on in a Charity Shop for £1, displaying a small logo in the bottom corner, but it was small enough to cover when decorated with spray paint.
After buying some doilies for a recent tea party, I thought I might put a couple to good use as stencils. Since buying the caravan I have come over all shabby chic with the interior, but I still have a little dark side too. So I weighted the ultra-feminine patterns of the doilies with some leftover black spray paint.
If you manage to find a blank bag, it looks really good with just a ring of pattern, however I needed to cover the logo in the corner, so I had to spray the centre of the ring too. I did this in two rounds. First I taped up the bag to just reveal the pattern of the doilies, and then I cut the central ring out of the doilies and sprayed the centres separately.
This was a fun little project for a rainy afternoon and I was lucky enough to have a break in the clouds to take a few snaps afterwards. Of course you could use any pattern as a stencil with the use of a trusty craft knife and any colour spray paint. Layers of different colours would look very cool. I'm chuffed to bits with the outcome of mine and now I have a funky personalised shopping bag. Not sure if it's manly enough for the other half to help out with carrying the bags though.