How to Make Paper Purses

House Tote
Make a portable home with this paper craft.
Make a portable home with this paper craft.

The House Tote paper purse craft lets you keep all of your treasures in your house and take them with you at the same time. The roof slides right off the handles, so this paper craft is as easy to use as it is to make.

What You'll Need:

  • Gift bag with cord handles
  • 8-1/2x11-inch piece card stock
  • Colored paper or card stock
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Silver medium-tip marker
  • Craft knife
  • Craft glue

How to Make House Tote:

Step 1: Fold the 8-1/2x11-inch piece of card stock in half widthwise. Draw a wavy line across the bottom, and cut through both layers of paper along this line. Unfold, and outline the shape with silver marker.

Step 2: Cut slits through the middle of both sides of the roof with a craft knife.

Step 3: Trace the door and curtain patterns onto colored paper. Outline in silver, and cut out.

Step 4: Cut out the windows in the door with the craft knife. Outline them with silver marker. Draw a doorknob on the door. Glue the door and curtains to the bag.

Step 5: Draw 3 tulips on various colors of paper, and cut slivers of green paper for stems and leaves. Glue the flowers under the window.

Step 6: Draw a butterfly on colored paper; outline in silver, and cut out. Fold in half to crease the wings. Glue only the fold of the butterfly to the roof.

Glue the butterfly to the roof.

Step 6: Slip the handle of the bag through the slits in the roof.

Next, get ready to make a pretty paper bag to stuff papers in.

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