How to Make a Purse Out of Paper

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Scrapbok paper purses make wonderful gifts
Scrapbok paper purses make wonderful gifts (Image: xandert at morguefile.com)

Making a paper purse is a fantastic way to craft your own homemade gift bag. By following these instructions, you can learn how to make a paper purse out of any kind of paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Craft supplies
  • Razor craft kinfe
  • Double-sided tape
  • Embellishments like ribbons, beads or buttons (optional)

Design a template that can be folded into the shape of a purse. Sound impossible? There are printable templates available online, as well as in popular paper-crafting books.

Solid-colored paper purses Are pretty
Solid-colored paper purses Are pretty

Cut your paper purse shape carefully, and be sure to differentiate between the cut lines and the score lines. Scored lines are usually indicated by a dotted line, whereas cut lines are referenced with a solid line.

Colorful brads are a pretty embellishment for paper purses
Colorful brads are a pretty embellishment for paper purses

Score your paper along the score lines. To score means to fold. Be sure your folds are perfect and crisp; this will make assembling your paper handbag easier and help it keep its shape.

Rubber stamps make a paper purse special
Rubber stamps make a paper purse special

Tape the edges of the paper purse together on the inside. Most templates have flaps indicating where the bag should be taped. It is best to use double-sided craft tape and keep the flaps on the inside of the bag, so they don't show.

You can use decorative brads to make a paper purse handle stay attached
You can use decorative brads to make a paper purse handle stay attached

Affix a handle made of ribbon or braided paper. Your paper purse will be small and fragile, and is perfectly suited for use as a gift bag, party decor or even a holiday ornament.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice making your paper purse with copy paper first, so that you don't waste your pretty paper making mistakes.
  • Craft knives are sharp and should be kept out of the reach of children. Always cut on a mat or other protective surface.

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