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.
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.
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.
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.
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.