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DIY Paper Purses for Fashionistas!

Cricut Crafts | Mother's Day Craft Ideas | Treat Boxes

Create beautiful DIY paper purses with decorative scrapbook paper. These are perfect spa party favors, fashion party favors and are great for Mother’s Day and teenagers! 

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Three paper purses with giant bows on the front.

Hello Crafty Friends! One of my absolute favorite paper crafts to make is my cute paper purses. They are infinitely customizable depending on the paper you choose and the large bow on the front of each purse is so fun! 

A few weeks ago I saw this gorgeous paper collection, Fashionista by Echo Park Paper Co., at my local scrapbook store and knew I had to try making my purses with it. The paper collection is so much sweet – bows, purses, nail polish, and flowers – perfect for a paper purse! 

Paper purse with giant pink paper bow on the front with a small tag attached that looks like a bottle of nail polish.

The Perfect Party Favor

These paper purses can be used for so many different occasions including as party favors, gift box holders or treat boxes. Throwing a spa party or fashion-themed party? These make cute party favors. They hold two bottles of nail polish perfectly, one on either side of the bow latch.  They are also a great size for holding gift cards and small treats. 

Paper purse open to show two bottles of nail polish on either side of the purse box.

The back of a paper purse made from decorative scrapbook paper.

How to Make the Purses

I started out making these purses by hand, cutting out the pattern and using an X-Acto knife. Last year, I sped up the process by turning the pattern into an SVG cut file and cutting the purses out with my Cricut Explore cutting machine. Both versions of the pattern are available for free – yay! View the tutorial for assembling the purses here –>DIY Paper Purse Tutorial.

My Fashionista Purses

For this set of purses using the Fashionista paper, I decided to get a little fancy and add charms to some of the purses. You can see below that I added a cute little nail polish charm to the side of the purse using a small metal chain and an eyelet. This is such a fun addition to the purses! The nail polish bottle is part of the Fashionista paper collection, I just needed to add the little eyelet to the top corner of it. 

Paper purse with giant pink paper bow on the front with a small tag attached that looks like a bottle of nail polish.

Choosing Your Purse Paper

Each purse uses two main papers – one for the purse and handle and one for the bow. Double-sided paper is fun for the purse and handle since it will be seen. The Fashionista paper collection was perfect for these purses but it has become hard to find. Below are a few paper options that would work well for these purses! 

The Free Pattern and Cut Files

As I mentioned above, you can create these purses cutting them out by hand or with a cutting machine. Below are links to the two different tutorials. The free files are available in my Resource Library.

DIY Paper Purse Tutorial – Using the PDF Pattern

DIY Paper Purse Tutorial using a Cutting Machine

Examples of Cute Paper Purse Boxes

Here are just a few of the paper purses I’ve made using my paper purse pattern and cut file! They can be customized for any occasion by choosing different scrapbook paper. 

Cute Paper Purse Treat Boxes
Cute paper purse made with floral and polka dot paper! A perfect gift box for tweens!
Pink paper purse with large silver bow sits on a marble counter.
Pink paper purse with large glitter bow made as Bachelorette party favors.
Two paper purses made with holiday paper sit next to a bottle of pink nail polish on a white wooden table.
Holiday-themed paper purse boxes made with Christmas papers.
Two black paper purses with red and white polka dot bows on them.
Using black and red polka dot paper, these purses were perfect for a Minnie Mouse-themed birthday party!

Happy Crafting! -Kim

Free Download

Download the Free File! This freebie is in my Resource Library. The PDF Pattern is under Paper Patterns, Treat Boxes and the SVG cut file is under SVG Cut Files, Paper Treat Boxes. Enter your first name and email to get the password to download this file. You’ll also have a chance to sign up for my newsletter to receive fun craft tutorials, tips, updates and more FREE files to help make crafting something special and unique easier!

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