Go to the cupboard, take out an old, brown paper bag from days gone by, blow off the dust, and use it to make something unique and fun. An ordinary brown paper bag can become a pinata for a party or a gift bag for a woman. By shaping and decorating the bag to look like a handbag you can turn something cheap and plain into something spectacular!
A large, brown paper bag works well to make a pinata but a slightly smaller bag is more appropriate to make a purse gift bag. Both of them are made in a similar way. Bring the top two sides of the bag together, fold them over once, then once again.
To make the pinata, place the candy and surprises inside the bag. Don’t weight the bag down too much; fill it about a third of the way full or less. To ensure the bottom of the bag doesn’t sag with the goodies inside you can cut a square of cardboard and place it in the bottom before adding the surprises. Fill the bag with the goodies then fold the top flaps over once. Use hot glue to secure the fold. Now fold it over once again, gluing the flap yet again. The first fold can be just a couple of inches but the second fold should be much larger. The wide fold allows for you to add a fake buckle or other fastener.
Just before gluing the second fold position the handle you want to use for the handbag. It can be a piece from a girl’s belt, a strip of vinyl or a real purse handle from a craft store. Position it so that the handles go under the second fold of the bag.
If you’re making a purse gift bag fold it in the same manner as for the pinata. However, instead of using glue, use Velcro. Make the first fold somewhat narrow, then fold it again, but wider, and use Velcro to secure. Don’t forget to position your purse straps and glue them before adding the Velcro. Use several Velcro dots or a long piece that goes across the underneath of the entire flap. The Velcro allows the bag to be opened and closed anytime.
To decorate the pinata or purse glue on an old buckle or large button to represent the closure of the handbag. Or, cut a piece of gold scrapbook paper and use it. Now cover the entire rest of the bag with a chosen color of tissue paper. Tear off small pieces and glue them all over the bag.
There’s one other way to fold the purse to give it a different design. Bring the two sides together at the top and fold them down. Crease well. Open the fold back up and fold the top corners into the fold. Now fold the top edges down again and secure with glue or Velcro. This gives the purse a pointed flap where the closure goes.
The handbag pinata or gift bag is very unique and really fabulous. Since you probably already have the brown paper bag it will cost only pennies to make either one. You’ll love this project!