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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
- En Vogue Collection by Carta Bella
- Salon by Echo Park Paper
- Teen Spirit by Echo Park Paper
- Samantha Rose by DCWV
- Wedding Bliss by Echo Park Paper
- Wedding Day by DCWV
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.
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.
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!