Canvas Dance Bag: Create a Stencil Using Stickers!

My little four year old daughter currently takes ballet and it’s the CUTEST thing ever! I wanted to create a little dance bag so she can tote around her ballet slippers and THIS is what I came up with!

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Last week I found a canvas drawstring back from Michael’s for $1! I knew I could turn it into something fabulous with some supplies I already had on hand: paint and a couple flower embellishments I had leftover from my daughter’s bedroom lamp makeover.

I decided to stencil this bag with various dance phrases & ballet images, but couldn’t find the perfect stencil…nor did I want to spend the money. Then the AHA moment came! I could print out some stickers on my Silhouette Cameo and use the negative side (the backing) as a stencil! Come see what I’m talking about…

I laid out my design on the computer and then cut it out on my Silhouette Cameo. If you don’t have something similar, you can just find some different ballet or dance stickers from your local hobby store. Just peel out the stickers so the backing looks like this…

Place the backing from the sticker onto your canvas bag.

Now it’s time to pick your colors and start painting! I used a small foam brush to apply the paint. Just dab lightly until you fill in the stencil.

Let the paint dry and then peel up the sticker stencil. I also added a couple flower embellishments with my hot glue gun to fill in some empty spaces from my design.

And that’s it! A super cute & unique dance bag for your darling daughter!

The best part? I already had the paint, flowers and sticker material at home. I just had to purchase the canvas bag from Michael’s. A ONE DOLLAR PROJECT! Yup, gotta love that!



    • howtonestforless says

      Congrats Pamela, you get a stencil! Just email me your mailing address. erin (at) howtonestforless (dot) com

  1. Carri Wright says

    So so cute.. you never cease to amaze me with your great and ingenius idea’s . I don’t have a ballerina to make this bag for so I’ll let someone who does go for this adorable stencil…You really rock !


    • howtonestforless says

      Thanks so much, Melissa! Just email me your mailing address. erin (at) howtonestforless (dot) com and I’ll send it out ASAP!

    • howtonestforless says

      Nope! CONGRATS, you get a stencil! Please email your mailing address to erin (at) howtonestforless (dot) com and I’ll send it out ASAP! Thanks Mariangela!

    • says

      You can use the negative side of stickers! Peel the lettering out, then peel the rest of the sticker off the backing and use that part as your stencil. Use a collage of different words and different fonts to make the same effect. Hope that helps!

  2. Malinda says

    I wish I would have found this a few months ago!! This is exactly shah I have been trying to find to make my daughter one for dance. How much would you charge for a stencil?? Great work!!

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