DIY Design: Pom Pom Tote Bag

byTeam GM

7 years ago

If there’s one thing we like here at the GM studios, it’s pops of color on a sandy background. (À la Plage, anyone?) That may not be news in and of itself, but we’re coming at you with a brand new DIY today—this time, looking to our accessories as our canvas! We’ve been eyeing this tote by Nannacay for a while now, and we thought we’d recreate the look for a budget-friendly option to take to the beach or the pool.

Not only is this project a cinch to make, but it requires less than five supplies to put together… We don’t know about you, but that’s our kind of DIY! This tote has us reminiscing about summer days, and we can’t wait to use it as our go-to accessory. Keep scrolling for the tips and tricks we used to create this fun project, and then try it for yourself at home! Let’s get started…

Pom Pom Tote Bag Gray Malin

What you’ll need:

Simple straw or woven tote (we used this one from Target)

Large craft pom poms

Hot glue gun


1. Lay your tote out flat on the surface where you’ll be crafting. Before you get started, make sure you insert flat newspaper or disposable fabric to line the inside of your bag while you do your project. (If you skip this step, the hot glue may seep through the woven material of your bag and glue your bag shut.)

DIY Pom Pom Tote Bag

2. Select which pom poms you’ll be using, and lay them out across the front of your bag to determine how many you’ll need and to ensure that they are evenly spaced. Tip: This part may take some rearranging and patience, but take your time! Once your pom poms are glued, it will be hard to remove and rearrange.

3. Once you are satisfied with your layout and your glue gun is hot, apply a pea-sized amount of hot glue to the back of your first pom pom and place firmly on the bag so that it adheres to the tote.

4. Repeat with each pom pom, until all are glued where you want them on the tote. Once your glue has dried, remove the lining you used inside your tote, and carry away!

DIY Pom Pom Tote Bag

Piece of cake, right? We’re loving how this simple DIY turned out, and you can bet you’ll catch us carrying it everywhere! If you try this project at home, snap a pic and tag us @GrayMalin so we can see how it turned out.

What DIY project would you like us to try next?
Xx Team GM