Fun Paper Purse, It’s Sturdy!

I saw this video on Posh Paper Lady’s YT channel, link: and love how cute and durable her purses are and wanted to give one a try.

You’ll need:

2 pieces of 12 x 8″ pieces of cardstock for the inside of the purse–I don’t recommend heavy weight card stock as it needs to bend in the middle.

2 pieces of 8 x 8″ patterned cardstock for the outside of the purse

1 piece 12 x 2 1/4″ patterned paper for the handle

1 piece of 8 x 6″ patterned paper for under the lid

1 piece of 5 3/4 x4″ pattern paper for the lid

Cardboard pieces (I used the back of a paper pad and not heavy weight cardboard)

2 pieces 5 1/8″ x 6: for surround

1 piece of 3 x 6 for surround

1 piece of 2 x 6 for lid

1 piece of 1 x 6 for lid


4 magnets that are 1/2″ by 1mm

4 bronze brads

a decoration for the front of the bag…I found metal embellishments from Tim Holtz Ideaology Line (butterflies) link: and Michael’s Recollections metal embellishments that are no longer available, but I did find some from Recollections that would also work…here’s the link:

You’ll also need:

Stick it or any double sided adhesive full sheets to back all of the cardboard

tear tape

hot glue

wet glue, I used Beacon 3 in 1 glue


both of the 12 x 8″ pieces….on the 12″ length, score at 3″ and 9″ and then on the 8″ length, score at 3″

2 1/4″ x 12″ strip, on the 2 1/4″ length score at 3/4″ and 1 1/2″ and on the 12″ length, score at 1 1/2″ and 3″ and 9″ and 10 1/2″ (or for the 9 and 10 1/2″ if you just flip the paper around from the first 1 1/2″ and 3″ scores to the other end, you can score again on the 1 1/2″ and 3″ marks.)

After scoring the two pieces of 12 x 8″ papers, take one and turning the paper so your single 3″ score is running horizontally near the bottom of the paper, you should have two squares on either end and a rectangle in the center at the bottom. You want to cut out both of the squares on the ends leaving only the rectangle at the bottom.

On the second 12 x 8″ paper, holding it the same as the first 12 x 8″ paper, with the single 3″ score near the bottom, cut the 3″ score line from the top of the squares on either end, and then cut a small wedge out of the squares both top and bottom. You’ll have a long rectangle above the wedge you cut out, and you’ll want to cut the long rectangle in half so it’s half as wide..don’t cut away the length, only the width. Do this to both ends.

My cardstock had a white core, so I took a finger dauber with brown ink to cover up every edge that showed white. I recommend you do this to your purse if you have a white core in your paper.

To make the inside of the purse: Fold and burnish the scores on the two 12 x 8″ papers. Then lay the papers so the places you made your cuts face each other and the one with only a rectangle left behind, put glue on the rectangle and lay the other piece directly on top of it with the rectangles perfectly lined up so the score lines are straight, then fold in the little center notched flap and the longer one you cut in half and put glue behind them, stand the long cut piece up, lay the center flap onto the back of it, and then pull the other paper’s flap up, and glue it to the back, making sure they are all at 90 degree angles and the bottoms are all straight. If there’s a little extra paper at the top when you’re done, you can trim that off. Do the same to the other side to create a box, and make sure you rub the inside with a bone folder or ruler to make sure all papers are well adhered.

To make the surround: take the two pieces of 5 1/8 x 6″ and 3 x 6″ cardboard and 2 pieces of patterned cardstock that are 8 x 8…lay the two pieces of cardstock so they overlap just a little, put tear tape on the end, and attach them. NOTE: If your papers’ pattern has a direction, make the papers so the patterns face away from each other as when you wrap them around the purse, then they’ll both face the right direction.) Lay the two attached papers with the pattern you want (if it’s double sided cardstock) face down, and lay one piece of 5 1/8″ x 6″ cardboard about an inch from one end and leaving a 1/8″ gap, lay the 3 x 6″ cardboard and leaving another 1/8″ gap, lay the other 5 1/8″ x 6″ cardboard. You should have lined all of them with double sided adhesive and they should now be attached to the cardstock. Then cut a notch out of the four corners of the cardstock, so that when you wrap the paper around the cardboard, the corners aren’t bulky. Put tear tape on the edges of the cardstock and remove the backing. I score around the cardboard so the paper folds onto it easier, and then I start folding the paper toward the cardboard…then fold it onto the cardboard as tightly as possible, then use the bone folder to make sure all edges are well adhered. Bring the inside box you made back, add tear tape to the center piece of cardboard covered with paper, and lay the box on top of it, making sure it is centered from side to side. Then add wet glue to the inside of the cardboard sides pull them up so they are laid onto the inside box, and then rub the inside of the box to make sure the sides are well adhered to the glue.


Take the pieces of cardstock you have left and the two pieces of cardboard left.

Lay the 8″ x 6″ piece of cardstock pattern side you’ll be using facing down. Lay it so the

8″ side is facing you and put your 2″ x 6″ cardboard (already lined with double sided adhesive) so the adhesive faces down, about 1″ from the bottom of the cardstock, then with about a 1/8″ gap, lay the 1″ x 6″ cardboard down behind the first piece. Then cut notches out of the cardstock corners on the corners in front of the 2 x 6″ cardboard piece, put tear tape on the front and both sides of the cardboard pieces, all the way to the end of the cardstock. Then score around the cardboard and begin the process of making the paper wrap up and around the three sides of the cardboard, leaving the back side untouched. Once all are adhered, rub them with your bone folder to ensure they’re well adhered.

Before you do anything else, you need to attach the handle. Take the 12 x 2 1/4″ piece of cardstock and fold the two long sides into the middle and glue them both down, so you have one 3/4″ wide, 12″ long strip. Once it’s glued together, start rubbing your hand over it to start it to curl on itself. Or rub it on the edge of the desk to start it curling. Then on the 1 1/2″ score on either end, fold them under and the 3″ score on either end, the paper between these two scores is your curled handle. You will want to add two brads to both ends of the handle between the 1 1/2″ and 3″ scores. I used a Crop A Dile Big Bite to punch holes. The brads are decorational and not used to hold anything down. You’ll need your hot glue gun to adhere the handle. Take one end of the handle on the 1 x 6″ cardboard strip on the lid and centering the handle on the 1″ cardboard, wrap the paper under the cardboard strip all the way to the first 1 1/2″ score and hot glue this under the cardboard, then hot glue from the 1 1/2″ score to the 3″ score onto the top of the 1″ cardboard piece and do the same on the other end of the handle onto the other end of the 1″ cardboard piece on the lid.

Next, take the 5 3/4″ x 4″ piece of cardstock leftover and position it over the two pieces of cardboard that are exposed and glue it in place, making sure to get this as flat as possible over the handle that’s now under the lid..

The back part of the 8 x 6″ cardstock should not have any cardboard or additional paper backing it at this point…You’ll want to add tear tape to this section as this is what will attach the lid to the back of your purse. Pull the sides of the box in, so the purse looks pinched, then lay the lid over it and lining up so everything is straight, attach the back of the lid to the back of the purse and rub with your bone folder to make sure it’s adhered well.

To decorate the purse, hot glue whatever embellishment to the front center of the purse, and holding the lid where you want it, lay your magnets under the lid about 1″ from the left and right edges of the lid and glue dot them in place. Then take the other half of both magnets and adhere them to their magnet mate, and add a glue dot to the back of them, then close the lid and rub it so the glue dots hold the magnets to the purse. I wanted to hide the magnets, but forgot to put them under the cardboard when I first laid the cardboard onto the cardstock. If you do this, your magnets will probably still show under the lid, as it might be really hard to figure out where they go, in relation to the magnets on the body of the purse. I’d love it if someone could show me an easy way to do this..

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