How to Make Paper Purses

Pretty Pouch Purse
Use fun colors to make your Pretty Pouch Purse.
Use fun colors to make your Pretty Pouch Purse.

Carry treasures with you in this pretty paper purse craft. It's such a snap to make, you'll want one of this paper craft in every color.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 colored paper plates, 9 inch
  • 2 yards ribbon, 1/2 inch wide
  • Heart-shape pony bead
  • Scissors
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Paper punch
  • Tape measure

How to Make Pretty Pouch Purse:

Step 1: Cut one paper plate in half. Set one half aside; discard the other half.

Step 2: Fold the second plate in half, crease it, and open it back up. Trim the outside rim off one half of the plate using decorative-edge scissors. Discard the plate rim edge.

Step 3: Turn and push the edges of both plates out so the colored surface pops out. Glue the half-plates to the other plate along the bottom, with the colored surfaces facing out; let dry.

Step 4: Using the paper punch, punch holes about 1/2 inch apart along the glued rim of the purse. (Don't punch holes in the trimmed edge.)

Step 5: Starting on one side, and leaving an 18- to 20-inch tail at the start, thread the ribbon through the holes, carrying the ribbon around the outside of the plate's edges as shown. Leave an 18- to 20-inch tail at the end; cut ribbon. Tie the ends of the tails together in a knot or a bow.

Thread the ribbon through the holes.

Step 6: Fold the flap down over the front of the purse; crease to form the closure flap.

Step 7: Measure and cut 24 inches of remaining ribbon. Fold this piece of ribbon in half, and thread the cut ends through the bottom middle hole from the back toward the front. Thread these ends through a heart-shape pony bead, and pull the bead up toward the purse.

Pull the bead up toward the purse.

Step 8: Pull the ribbon loop up along the back of the purse; center it, and glue in place. The rest of the loop will hang free. To close the purse, fold the flap down and pull the ribbon loop under the pony bead.

Pop the edges of the plates out in order to make more room inside the purse.

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