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March 3, 2010

Quick Project Thursday #8~A Precious Purse

This week's Quick Project Thursday shows how to take a made in China little suitcase, of sorts, and turn it into what I think is a precious little purse......

I used antique sheet music as the paper to decoupage onto the metal surface.
It didn't take more than one page, so I was able to keep it all the same "shade" .

You can use pages from books, or even copied photographs if you like......just choose a design and get started.I knew I wanted a more feminine embellishment for the front, so I chose to make silk ribbon roses, but you can take this any direction that suits your taste......keys, buttons, jewelry....whatever.

The one thing that will make your decoupage beautiful and without the ugly bubbles is to make sure you soak your paper in water BEFORE gluing onto your surface.

It goes on really wet, but even if there are a few tiny bubbles,
they magically disappear when they dry.

Apply glue with a brush to your surface.

I do small area at a time using watered down Elmer's glue....
Much less expensive than Modge Podge and works beautifully

After adhering the paper to the purse, go back over the paper with a glue soaked brush....
This seals the paper and also removes any bubbles or excess glue.

Don't worry about the edges being perfect as they will be easier to trim once the piece has completely dried....

I use a single edge razor blade for a sharp cut.

At this point, feel free to add old photographs, postcards, or other ephemera.

While the glue is setting, I wrapped the handle with twine.

You could use lace, ribbon, or fabric if you like.

And, the finished product........I added a little tatted lace around the edges as well.

I'm thinking of sending it to Haute Handbags at Somerset Studios to see if they like it.....

Be kind, what do you think?

Although this project took a little longer to complete than previous ones, only because you have to wait for the glue to dry, it can still easily be completed in a couple of hours once you assemble your supplies.

I am adding Mr. Mclinky to my Quick Project Thursday posts (as soon as I can figure out how to copy it into my blog) for anyone that ever wants to jump in and add a project for the day....it just needs to be something that is relatively easy, and that can be completed start to finish in an afternoon......I would love to have you join the fun!

Thank you for stopping by today,
I always love it when you come!


  1. Jana,
    Your purse is great!
    And guess what?
    I have a tin like that.
    I think it was a lunch pail.

    Now I know what i can do with it.
    Very creative!!


    barbara jean

    waiting to link up. =0)

  2. what a great idea and thanks so much for sharing !

    will have to give that a try as i
    have tons of old lunch pails somewhere
    around here!


  3. So sweet! Thank you for the hint to soak the paper first...
    Such a sweet blog~
    We have a cute little face named Maddie that must be Lola Bear's twin!
    Wishing you the best~

  4. So adorable! You should submit it! ~ Angela

  5. What a totally cool purse! I love it! I also love the tatted goodies you have in your stash there. :)
    ~TattingChic ♥

  6. I think it's fantastic!

    I'm scared of glue, though, I haven't had the greatest experiences with decoupage. I sure will give this a try, though. I really like the idea of using Elmer's instead of Mod Podge!

    Have a wonderful Thursday!

  7. What an adorable little purse!! I love it, Jana!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents


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