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Make a Coin Purse by Upcycling - Picture Demo with Printable Instructions

Updated on October 15, 2014

One doll purse for the teddy bear or a coin purse for a kid

DIY kid craft coin or doll purse made from upcycling
DIY kid craft coin or doll purse made from upcycling

See how to make a duct tape coin or doll purse.

This is a super easy coin purse to make. It works just as well as a doll or teddy bear purse, with the addition of just one piece of ribbon. Follow along for detailed instructions and pictures, so you can make one, too.

The basic materials were duct tape and a plastic wrapper that beads came in. Had it not been turned it into this purse for Dolly, my teddy bear, it would have ended up in the trash.

Peel and stick foam cut outs and rhinestones were used to dress Dollys purse here, but you could use anything you want, or nothing. Some things you might already have on hand that would be good to use include buttons, stickers, ribbon scraps, paper cut outs, artificial flowers, feathers, an old necklace or beads, sequins, pictures cut out from magazines, or lace and such.

At the end of the article you will find printable instructions. Have fun!

Dolly's new purse

Purse craft project using recycled plastic and duct tape
Purse craft project using recycled plastic and duct tape

Why this project?

I wanted to come up with a really simple craft that children could do and still get a decent looking product they could actually use and/or play with. Furthermore, I'm determined to find a use for things that normally get thrown away. Lastly, I wanted something affordable for kids to make, so that moms would not have to run out and buy a bunch of stuff.

I think this little purse fits the bill. It should be noted that while this craft could be done by very small children, the peel and stick rhinestones I used would present a choking hazard. Always supervise the little ones. Once past the stage of putting everything in their mouths and having basic scissor safety skills mastered, this is a project children can do on their own.

Check it out.

The pictures tell the story of how to make the purse.

Go through each picture to see exactly how easily you can do this.

How to make the duct tape purse

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Materials - Scissors, duct tape, ribbon and plastic containers.Here are some of the materials I thought to use to dress up the purse. I ended up using the glitter foam cut outs and the peel and stick rhinestones.Begin by taping the bottom first. Cut the tape so you have enough to fold it over on the sides.Lay the container lightly over the sticky side of the tape and use your finger to smooth it down.Fold over each side and press down.The bottom will look like this, but with the tape color you pick.Use the scissors and trim off the sides after firmly pressing together.Cover the sides of the purse in duct tape by laying it on the sticky side of the tape and rolling itTape each side of the folding lid on the plastic container. You don' have to use this kind. It would work for pretty much anything you could close.One side covered. Press it down and do the other side. If it's hard to work with or bunches up in the corners, just snip them off and fold over.Done! Now, you have a basic coin purse. Want to fancy it up a bit? Me, too. Here's how to do the strap and the decorations.Cut the ribbon for the strap.Attach the purse strap by placing the ribbon over the purse and sticking a foam cut or sticker over it to hold in place.Patterns add visual interest and can make things look really good if not too complicated. I covered most of the seams with stickers and rhinestones.We're done! Dolly and Fluffy hope you have a really fun time doing this simple project.
Materials - Scissors, duct tape, ribbon and plastic containers.
Materials - Scissors, duct tape, ribbon and plastic containers.
Here are some of the materials I thought to use to dress up the purse. I ended up using the glitter foam cut outs and the peel and stick rhinestones.
Here are some of the materials I thought to use to dress up the purse. I ended up using the glitter foam cut outs and the peel and stick rhinestones.
Begin by taping the bottom first. Cut the tape so you have enough to fold it over on the sides.
Begin by taping the bottom first. Cut the tape so you have enough to fold it over on the sides.
Lay the container lightly over the sticky side of the tape and use your finger to smooth it down.
Lay the container lightly over the sticky side of the tape and use your finger to smooth it down.
Fold over each side and press down.
Fold over each side and press down.
The bottom will look like this, but with the tape color you pick.
The bottom will look like this, but with the tape color you pick.
Use the scissors and trim off the sides after firmly pressing together.
Use the scissors and trim off the sides after firmly pressing together.
Cover the sides of the purse in duct tape by laying it on the sticky side of the tape and rolling it
Cover the sides of the purse in duct tape by laying it on the sticky side of the tape and rolling it
Tape each side of the folding lid on the plastic container. You don' have to use this kind. It would work for pretty much anything you could close.
Tape each side of the folding lid on the plastic container. You don' have to use this kind. It would work for pretty much anything you could close.
One side covered. Press it down and do the other side. If it's hard to work with or bunches up in the corners, just snip them off and fold over.
One side covered. Press it down and do the other side. If it's hard to work with or bunches up in the corners, just snip them off and fold over.
Done! Now, you have a basic coin purse. Want to fancy it up a bit? Me, too. Here's how to do the strap and the decorations.
Done! Now, you have a basic coin purse. Want to fancy it up a bit? Me, too. Here's how to do the strap and the decorations.
Cut the ribbon for the strap.
Cut the ribbon for the strap.
Attach the purse strap by placing the ribbon over the purse and sticking a foam cut or sticker over it to hold in place.
Attach the purse strap by placing the ribbon over the purse and sticking a foam cut or sticker over it to hold in place.
Patterns add visual interest and can make things look really good if not too complicated. I covered most of the seams with stickers and rhinestones.
Patterns add visual interest and can make things look really good if not too complicated. I covered most of the seams with stickers and rhinestones.
We're done! Dolly and Fluffy hope you have a really fun time doing this simple project.
We're done! Dolly and Fluffy hope you have a really fun time doing this simple project.

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Here's an awesome source for kids crafting ideas.

Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects
Craft-a-Day: 365 Simple Handmade Projects

Children need to be kept busy doing constructive things at all times, but especially during long vacations from routines such as school. Crafting is a fun way to keep little hands and minds sharp and focused. This is a useful resource for simple, fun activities that won't bankrupt the budget.

 

Just remember the following...

1.) Have fun!

2.) Nothing is ever perfect and that's Okay.

3.) Use what you have.

4.) Be creative.

I've fallen in love with duct tape. Or, Duck tape or knock off tapes, tapes, tapes and more tapes.

Give me the easy patterns!

Don't get me wrong, stencils and stamps, stickers and foam cuts are all great fun and have their place. But this stuff, as a medium for crafting has some nifty type advantages. It's so fast. Roll it out and press down as you go and you have an instant border. There's no mess like with painting or even some markers, virtually clean up free.I also like how for one roll you can get multiple projects. Really cool stuff.

Scotch Duct Tape, Lace Vegas and Jet Black, 1.42-Inch by 5-Yard, 2-Roll
Scotch Duct Tape, Lace Vegas and Jet Black, 1.42-Inch by 5-Yard, 2-Roll

I so want this pattern. It's a timeless classic.

Tapes are really so easy to work with. They are fantastic for crafting fodder for the little ones.

Tapes are much easier than paint, markers or even crayons for the little ones to get good looking results with and don't come with near the clean up for mom.

 

Bye-bye for now.

A do it yourself, easy, doll purse
A do it yourself, easy, doll purse

Take care of yourself and we hope to see you again, soon.

Hand made doll purse craft result
Hand made doll purse craft result

Here's a project even the very little girls can do. They sometimes get left out of crafty goodness. With this they can get in on the crafty type fun too.

It's super cheap, super simple and fun for big and little kids of all ages.

Grab some duck tape and scissors, a sprinkling of bling and prepare to get your smile on with the kiddies.

Frugal tip: It's amazing what can be reused in the way of packaging we typically throw in the trash. Consider saving certain packaging items with an eye towards future projects.

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 8 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 1

Ingredients

  • Duct tape or Duck Tape
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Foam peel and stick shapes and/or stickers (optional)
  • One plastic container headed for the trash

Instructions

  1. Cut a strip of tape to cover the bottom of your container.
  2. Press it down and fold over on the sides.
  3. Trim excess or fold over.Tape the sides.
  4. Cover the lid in tape.
  5. Cut the ribbon.
  6. Attach ribbon with foam cut out or sticker.
  7. Decorate as you will.
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Scissor safety skills to teach early:

Obviously, never run with scissors.

Carry scissors with blades pointing down.Hand to others with handle pointing towards them.

Kitchen scissors and those used for crafting and workshops are not interchangeable.

Scissors are really cool tools but sometimes kids may have to be reminded they are not toys.

What? You thought I forgot Fluffy? No way.

DIY duct tape doll purse
DIY duct tape doll purse

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© 2013 Rhonda Lytle

What are your thoughts on making your own accessories or doll/teddy bear accessories?

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      This is really cute!

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      Ibidii 4 years ago

      What a great idea! Good lens!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @anonymous: I hope the two of you have a grand time playing with it! God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @vicky71: Have fun! God bless.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow! My cousin needs a purse for his Care Bear! I totally know how to make one now! Thanks!!!-Lindle

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      vicky71 4 years ago

      I will try to make one for my daughter :)Thanks for the info.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @anonymous: I was around back then, too. I actually used the stuff to fix a car one time. Back then, I would have laughed if someone mentioned crafting with it. Things sure do change. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave such a kind comment. God bless and happiest of squidding!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @chris-lee-benson: Thank you. I hope she has fun with it. God bless.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think it's a great idea to accessorize with homemade, especially when its as cute as can be...duct tape certainly has come into its own in the last years with so many possibilities....I was alive when it was just that silver roll and only being used for utilitarian jobs. Fun! :)

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      chris-lee-benson 4 years ago

      I love seeing people's creative ideas. My girlfriend will enjoy doing the craft. Thanks.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @oliverz330: Thank you! God bless and most happy squidding.

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      Classy_Chic 4 years ago

      Very fun and easy, great job!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Classy_Chic: Thank you. It was fun :) It was a great excuse to get to play with the stuffed animals, too. God bless.

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      oliverz330 4 years ago

      Great lens! Very creative stuff!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Vincent Fleming: Thank you. I hope the kids have some fun crafting. God bless!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @anonymous: Thank you. God bless and happy crafting!

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      Vincent Fleming 4 years ago from Indiana

      This is cute, sending it to my wife.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great idea!

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