Kids Craft: Mother's Day Paper Handbag

Paper Handbag for Mother!

the original Paper Handbag that my son had made in school
the original Paper Handbag that my son had made in school | Source

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Another paper handbag that we had changed the button and flowers
Another paper handbag that we had changed the button and flowers | Source

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Mother's Day Paper Handbag!

My Mother’s Day memories with my children were not presents as I know they could not afford to buy any but usual “Happy Mother’s Day, mummy!” a simple wish to make an old hag happy.

However, this year Mother’s Day would be my favorite and a blissful memory because my little boy made a handmade craft that he had completed in pre-school for Mother’s Day gift.

I was really surprised when my little boy pulled out a handmade blue Mother's Day paper handbag made from recycles materials which were simple, easy to make, unique from other gifts that I had saw in some websites.

Actually, paper handbag is a suitable gift for any woman for any occasion; Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Birthdays and Teacher’s Day.

Supplies You Need:

Orange, pink, yellow color construction papers

Some outdated magazines or brochures

Dark pink color marker pens (any color of your choice)

A stapler with the bullets

A bottle of white glue

A pair of scissors

The basic tools

glue, double-sided tape, pencil, scissors, ruler, etc
glue, double-sided tape, pencil, scissors, ruler, etc | Source

Here's my reason...

why you should buy a bottle of white glue instead of a normal school glue.

Normal school glue doesn't stick thick papers such as brochures or cardboard permanently. It comes off easily once the glue dries off. My son was angry at the glue. so I bought white glue that gives firm and permanent seal which are ideal for craft making.

White glue may cost a little more but worth it. A little white is all it takes to seal firmly.

#Step 1 - Orange Paper

Fold the orange paper into half. Remember to face the opening part upwards.
Fold the orange paper into half. Remember to face the opening part upwards. | Source

1. Fold Orange Paper into Half

  • Fold an A4 orange paper into half.
  • Turn the creased side of the paper downwards so that when you flip open the paper, it will look similar to opening up a handbag.
  • Otherwise, the handbag will turn out 2 separate pieces.

# Step 2 - Draw the handbag

Draw the shape of a simple handbag which looks like half octagon
Draw the shape of a simple handbag which looks like half octagon | Source
Cut out both the papers
Cut out both the papers | Source

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2. Draw and Cut The Handbag Out

  • Leave approximately 1 inch space from the top.
  • Draw the handbag body shape with 2 wide curves, one on the left hand side and another on the right hand side of the paper.
  • Next, draw a straight line across from the left curve starting point to the right starting point. That will be the handbag closure flap.
  • Use a pair of scissors to cut along the shape of the handbag.
  • Do not discard the left over papers. Leave aside for later use.
  • Try flip open the paper handbag. It will look similar to a big greeting card.

# Step 3 - The handles

This is how it looks when both sides of the handles are stapled onto the handbag closure flaps.
This is how it looks when both sides of the handles are stapled onto the handbag closure flaps. | Source
Fold the excess paper into half and snip off the creased line.
Fold the excess paper into half and snip off the creased line. | Source
Place the handle inside and staple it
Place the handle inside and staple it | Source
Staple the other side of the handle too
Staple the other side of the handle too | Source
This is how it looks from inside the bag.
This is how it looks from inside the bag. | Source

3. How to Make The Handbag Handles

  • Remember the left-over piece of orange paper? Use it to make 2 pieces of handbag handles.
  • As you can see, the left-over orange paper is rectangular shape. Snip off the funny shapes.
  • Measure the width and length of the rectangle paper approximately 2.5cm x 20cm. Fold down vertically.
  • Use the scissors to cut along the creased side to produce 2 straight strips of handles.
  • Flip open the paper handbag flat on the table.
  • Make sure that the front and back of the handbag is facing up.
  • Let’s start making the handbag handle from the top side.
  • Take the end of one strip of the handle and place it inside the bag, on the left hand side.
  • It is located near the edge of the handbag closure flap opening just as picture shown.
  • Use a stapler to punch a staple outside the handbag.
  • Make sure that the handle is stapled together onto the handbag closure flap.
  • Take the other end of the strip handle.
  • Place it inside the handbag, on the right hand side.
  • Staple the handle onto the closure flap .
  • Make sure both sides of the handle are inside the bag, not outside.
  • Now, proceed the same steps for making the handle on the other side of the handbag. Your handbag handles are done!

# Step 4 - Design the border

Draw straight lines along the borders, starting from left hand side continue to the top across and downwards to the right hand side
Draw straight lines along the borders, starting from left hand side continue to the top across and downwards to the right hand side | Source
Don't forget the closure flap too
Don't forget the closure flap too | Source

I love Sharpie Highlighters. There are rainbow colors of highlighter that Sharpie has and these colors are rich, great color contours and doesn't comes off.

I am pleased that the highlighters' color contours . The colors do not stain on my hands too. Each has the retractable function just like a mechanical pencil. No need to fuss where the cap has gone too and doesn't dries out the ink.

It is great for drawing borders, writing quotes in handmade cards and highlighting notes for homework.


4. Draw the Inside Handbag Borders

  • Flip open the paper handbag flat on the table again.
  • This time, make sure that the inside handbag is facing up.
  • Use a color marker pen to draw the continuous line along all the four sides of the handbag borders.
  • Try to draw the line continuously , don't get it too close to the handbag curves.
  • Remember to draw the line across the closure flap too.
  • You can change the marker colors on each sides if you want to make it a fancy handbag.

# Step 5 - Let's make some flowers

Assembled pretty flower on the paper handbag, one on the left and another on the right. I used brochures.
Assembled pretty flower on the paper handbag, one on the left and another on the right. I used brochures. | Source
Fold the brochure
Fold the brochure | Source
Draw the leave shapes
Draw the leave shapes | Source
Cut them out
Cut them out | Source
16 pieces of leaves
16 pieces of leaves | Source

5. How to Make Flowers

  • Let’s add some flowers onto the paper handbag.
  • I chose to use a brochure since it is thicker and colorfully designed.
  • The main reason to use thicker brochure is to make the paper flowers appear 3D designed rather than plainly paste.
  • Fold down the top flap of the brochure twice, roughly the width of 3.5cm , length doesn’t matter.
  • Use a pencil or pen to draw 6 leaves shape on the folded brochure, leaving a little space in between each other.
  • Size of the leaves doesn’t matter, depending on how big or small you intend your flowers appear on the paper handbag.
  • Cut out the leaves, you will need 16 pieces, 5 leaves for each flower (the leaves are the petals).
  • Since you need to create 3 flowers, then you will need to have 15 leaves and 1 leave for the button of the closure flap of the paper handbag.
  • Let’s decorate the back paper handbag.
  • Pick out 5 pieces of leaves.
  • Apply a little white glue on each leaves.
  • Paste the leaves in the form of a flower at the bottom left-hand side corner.
  • Repeat the same for the right hand side corner too.


2 Pretty Flowers on My Paper Handbag

Not bad for a starter, huh? You can use color papers or tissue papers or muffin paper cups
Not bad for a starter, huh? You can use color papers or tissue papers or muffin paper cups | Source

Try cutting another paper flowers

# Step 6 - Make the handbag flaps

Use ruler to draw an upside down triangle, with the same measurement of the handbag opening
Use ruler to draw an upside down triangle, with the same measurement of the handbag opening | Source
  • I used a red color paper to match the orange color background the paper handbag.
  • Use a ruler and pencil to draw a "V" shape that symbolize a triangle upside down.
  • This is the handbag flap, a fake one.
  • Make sure the measurement of the triangle is the same as the opening of the handbag ( top)

Paste the flap

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  • Cut out the triangle shape.
  • Apply some glue behind the triangle shape.
  • Paste it at the top of the handbag, near the handles.
  • Allow the glue to dry.

# Step 7 - Paste the button

Apply glue at the back of the diamond shape button and paste on the red triangle paper near the sharp pointer
Apply glue at the back of the diamond shape button and paste on the red triangle paper near the sharp pointer | Source
  • Draw a diamond or circle shape on the excess brochure.
  • This is the button of the handbag.
  • Cut it out.
  • Apply some glue behind the button.
  • Paste the diamond button at the end shape of the "V" as photo shown.

I love you mom, BEARY MUCH!

Mr Bean Teddy, I love this teddy!
Mr Bean Teddy, I love this teddy! | Source

Don't FORGET to write down your name!!

Lastly, write a Mother’s Day quote inside the paper handbag with color pencil or crayon and sign off with your name !

You can find some great Mother's day quote here that touches your mom's heart.

Alternatively, you can print the quotes out on plain paper and paste it inside the paper handbag.

Try making Mother's Day Paper Handbag for your:

  • grandmother
  • mother
  • mother-in-law
  • teacher
  • aunts
  • your neighbor

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Mhatter99 profile image

Mhatter99 22 months ago from San Francisco

great idea. thanks


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CASE1WORKER 22 months ago from UNITED KINGDOM

We have a different mothers day to you- mothering Sunday was before Easter! I have made Christmas cards in the shape of hand bags but the short edge is on the fold so that it stands up -I do like these though and they are easy for children to do to express themselves


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Jackie Lynnley 22 months ago from The Beautiful South

That is so cute! Thank you for sharing it!


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

Thanks Mhatter99, I hope that your grandkids would making one for your spouse

Thanks Case1sworker, oh, I would love to see a christmas card in shape of handbags

Thanks Jackie, it is cute, I am still keeping it


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Suzanne Day 22 months ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

This is a great, simple project for kids to make for Mother's Day. Love it and voted awesome!


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Thelma Alberts 22 months ago from Germany

Wow! This is very creative. It reminded me of a mother´s day gift from my son when he was in elementary grade. Though it was not a paper hand bag but a drawing of my own future house in the Philippines. Voted up and useful.


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Larry Rankin 22 months ago from Oklahoma

Very good idea for Mother's Day.


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whonunuwho 22 months ago from United States

Very nice project and well done my friend. whonu


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MsDora 22 months ago from The Caribbean

What a great handmade gift for mother. Practical and with good instructions. Voted Up!


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks suzanne, appreciated your votes


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

Thanks thelme, drawing future house is cool. Was it a bangalow?


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks larry, Happy mother's day in advance


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks whonunuwho, glad that you like it


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks msdora, glad that the instructions are clear except the photos are bit blurr


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Peggy W 22 months ago from Houston, Texas

I'll bet you were really pleased when your son brought home that Mother's Day gift that he had made at school and presented it to you. Those times make for cherished memories! The paper handbag that he made for you is very pretty!


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AliciaC 22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This looks like a lovely project for children. I'm sure that many mothers would appreciate a handmade gift like this from their child.


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Nadine May 22 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Great creative post and I will share it with my daughter in the UK for my granddaughter to do as a project.


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Sylvestermouse 22 months ago from United States

What a really cute idea! This would be a purse a mother would treasure forever.


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks peggy w, yes, I was so happy that he gave it to me, still keeping it.

thanks aliciac, agree that all mommy would be happy to receive such cute gift

thanks nadine may, maybe your granddaughter will make one for you too

thanks sylvestermouse, it was a treasure for me with the words inside


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RTalloni 22 months ago from the short journey

Thanks for sharing your method on this Mother's Day craft.


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks RTalloni, i am sure kids would love to make something for their moms


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pstraubie48 20 months ago from sunny Florida

How cute these are. It is project that would work well in stages..doing a little bit today and a little bit tomorrow.

The crafting activities for special days were always a hit with kids.

Angels are headed your way ps


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks pstraubie, i am sure if you make this craft with kids, there will be lots of fun


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Jasmeetk 20 months ago from India

voted up!! very interesting!!


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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks jasmeetk, I hope you can try this craft too


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Jasmeetk 20 months ago from India

yeah!! for sure...:)


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peachpurple 19 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

Do you have any craft to share


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sujaya venkatesh 17 months ago

superb art


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peachpurple 17 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks @Sujaya

Love my kids crafts

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