Recycle Toilet Rolls into a Paper Pocket Purse

Are you into Recycling? Repurposing? Upcycling? Turning trash into treasure? Here’s a paper craft for you. Recycle and Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls into Shabby Chic Paper Pocket Purses. These little paper holders would be great for gift cards or any small treasures. How about making one for Mother’s Day? Put a little note inside telling your Mom how special she is to you?

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I was inspired by Gi Kerr from YouTube. She made the cutest little pocket purses. Please go look her up where she makes these in real time. She gives detailed measurements and instructions. She is awesome!

Please visit my Youtube and see a time lapsed video and walk through of my paper purse. Click Here.

Here are a few pictures of my process.

It takes three rolls to make one purse. You can turn your purse landscape or portrait. I am still working on my portrait one. I cut and prepared six rolls because I am making two purses. Cut your rolls in half and get them wet under the faucet. I sprayed with hydrogen peroxide. You can also wipe down with sanitizer.

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Let them dry. I placed mine under some heavy tile to keep them flat until I was ready to use them.

I followed Gi Kerr’s advice and covered the inside portion with book pages and then inked them with Ranger Distressed Ink Oxide in Vintage Photo. I also used touches of Green and Teal inks. I used a regular glue stick to keep the paper on. I also used Mod Podge in areas that did not stick very well. I recommend sewing the edges. My sewing machine is still in the attic so I just used glue for this one.

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For the most part, I just used Elmer’s Glue Stick. Then Mod Podge for the edges that did not hold well with the stick.

Below are two pictures of the accordion sides. I like the word Gi Kerr calls them. Concertina. The sides make this little purse hold more ephemera than it would if we just glued the sides straight onto each other. I used coffee stained card stock to make the accordion sides. Next time I plan to use plain paper.

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I grunged the sides with Oxide and Ink.

To make the fold over flap I attached an aqua lace ribbon. You want to leave room (leave a gap) so the flap folds down easily. I grunged the ribbon with Ink Oxide to match the paper. I also trimmed the bottom with the same lace ribbon.

Trash to Treasure. Recycle Toilet Rolls into a Paper Pocket Purse. #upcycle #recycle #repurpose #paperart #junkjournal
Trash to Treasure. Recycle Toilet Rolls into a Paper Pocket Purse. #upcycle #recycle #repurpose #paperart #junkjournal
The scrapbook paper already had a pink butterfly on it. I love maps and butterflies so this paper was perfect.
Trash to Treasure. Recycle Toilet Rolls into a Paper Pocket Purse. #upcycle #recycle #repurpose #paperart #junkjournal
I used Tim Holtz quotes with sayings that matched my theme of maps and journeys.
Trash to Treasure. Recycle Toilet Rolls into a Paper Pocket Purse. #upcycle #recycle #repurpose #paperart #junkjournal
I made three tags to go inside the little purse. There is room to journal on the front and on the back.
Trash to Treasure. Recycle Toilet Rolls into a Paper Pocket Purse. #upcycle #recycle #repurpose #paperart #junkjournal
I had to mix in some floral pieces.
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Trash to Treasure. Recycle Toilet Rolls into a Paper Pocket Purse. #upcycle #recycle #repurpose #paperart #junkjournal #TimHoltz
These were the quotes I used.
Trash to Treasure. Recycle Toilet Rolls into a Paper Pocket Purse. #upcycle #recycle #repurpose #paperart #junkjournal
I painted a safety pin teal and used an old price tag and Tim Holtz stamp to add interest to the top left corner.
Trash to Treasure. Recycle Toilet Rolls into a Paper Pocket Purse. #upcycle #recycle #repurpose #paperart #junkjournal
The closures were made from two paper discs attached with small brads. A sheer ribbon is used to fasten it.

I am falling in love with paper art. Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind. They take on a personality of their own and even though you are creating it…..it creates itself. I hope I inspire you to try to be creative with paper.

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