Are you into Recycling? Repurposing? Up-cycling? Turning trash into treasure? Sustainability is on everyone’s mind lately. Here’s a paper craft for you to try. Recycle and Reuse Toilet Paper Rolls into Shabby Chic Paper Pocket Purses. These little paper purses 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?
The Inspiration: Recycle Toilet Rolls into Paper Purse
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!
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Here are a few pictures and explanation of my process.
The Beginning Process
It takes three rolls to make one paper pocket purse. You can turn your purse landscape or portrait. Landscape appealed more to me for now. I cut and prepared six rolls because I am making two purses. Cut your rolls in half and get them wet under the faucet. Spray with hydrogen peroxide. You can also wipe down with sanitizer.
Let them dry. I placed mine under some heavy tile to keep them flat until I was ready to use them. Cut your purse flap to the shape and length you desire.
Next, 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. Touches of Green and Teal inks were used to shade the papers. Use a regular glue stick to keep the paper on. Use Mod Podge in areas that do not stick very well. Sewing the edges would make the project spectacular. However, my sewing machine was still in the attic so I just used glue for this one.
The Construction: Recycle Toilet Rolls into Paper Purse
After the inside was covered in the book pages, the outside was covered with scrapbook paper that looks like an antique map. To attach the two full sized rolls together you should make accordion sides by folding paper like you did when you were a kid making fans.
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.
To attach and make the purse, glue the bottom together AFTER glueing the accordion sides. I used an aqua lace ribbon at the bottom to embellish and help hold it. You can used that same ribbon (or something similar) to attach the flap. Leave room (leave a gap) so the flap folds down easily. I grunged the ribbon with Ink Oxide to match the paper.
The Ephemera Inside
The pictures below will explain all the embellishments and journal tags for: Recycle Toilet Rolls into Paper Purse. This is the fun part where you add all the treasures you have in your stash or find new treasures and new themes.
I followed other paper art enthusiasts and added different things of interest. Pins, brads, stamps, lace, etc. to make each one unique and one of a kind.
In conclusion, 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. Who knew you could Recycle Toilet Rolls into a Paper Pocket Purse?
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