DIY: Stenciled Pear Tote Bag

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

Pears are in season now and we are loving this delicious fall fruit. For this project, we added some personality to a plain ol’ tote with just a little fabric paint. Have you ever used freezer paper to create your own stencil? It’s so easy! Learn how to make your own stencil and add a fun pop of color to a basic farmer’s market tote.

DIY Stenciled Pear Tote Bag | alice and lois for minted

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Make this stenciled pear tote bag using freezer paper | alice & lois for minted

• Canvas tote bag (mine is similar to this canvas tote bag)
• Paint (acrylic or fabric paint)
• Freezer paper (can be found at the grocery store)
• Sponge brush

DIY Stenciled Pear Tote Bag | alice & lois for minted


1. Place a sheet of freezer paper with the shiny side face down; draw a pear shape on the matte side facing up. My tote bag is 14.5″ x 15.5″ and the pear wound up being 9″ tall.

2. Cut out the pear shape to create a stencil. It’s easiest to start cutting from the center of the pear.

3. Iron the freezer-paper stencil onto the bag with the shiny side down. The iron will gently melt the shiny side, turning it into an adhesive which will stick to the fabric, sealing the edges. Press firmly and hold for a few seconds until the paper is stuck to the fabric; make sure edges of the stencil are stuck in place. Next, paint the pear shape; I mixed green, yellow, and white to get this bright color. (Tip: Slide another piece of freezer paper inside the tote before you paint so that it doesn’t bleed through.)

4. Let the paint dry for a few minutes, then carefully peel the stencil from the bag.

5. Add a stem using black paint and a thin paint brush.

6. Now you’ve got a pear-fect tote to stash your belongings!

DIY Stenciled Pear Tote Bag | alice & lois for minted DIY Stenciled Pear Tote Bag | alice & lois for minted

Photos: Sara Albers

  1. laia

    I like this tote bag!!! It’s amazing working with freezer paper, normally i used it for my work.

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