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Make Your Own Paper Plate Purse

Mar 23, 2017

They gravitate to the toy purses time after time. Those purses get more action than anything else in the dress-up bin. No matter what’s going on in the toy room, someone is almost always carrying one, and most often, it’s stuffed full of tiny treasures: puzzle pieces, play food, scraps of ribbon and yarn. To peek inside a play purse at the end of the day is to get a secret glimpse into a the imagination of a child. The items I find often humour me and always open my eyes to how creative children are when they play.

Whether it’s because kids love the feeling of ownership that comes with carrying a purse full of trinkets, or whether it’s that carrying a purse makes them feel grown-up when they’re role-playing, one thing is for certain, kids love a play purse.

Pink purse made from paper plate with colourful buttons and bows.

Earlier this week, the hooligans spent a morning making their own custom-designed paper plate purses. It was a fun, creative process, jam-packed with skill-development.

The project gave them an opportunity to create a design, to explore textiles (buttons, ribbons, yarn), to use tools (stapler, glue gun, hole punch), and to learn some early sewing stitches.

Let me show you how your kids can make some purses of their own.

To make a paper plate purse, you’ll need:

  • one paper plate cut in half
  • paint
  • paintbrushes
  • stapler
  • hole punch
  • ribbon
  • buttons
  • glue or low-heat glue gun
  • plastic sewing needle
  • yarn

Start by painting both halves of your paper plate. You only need to paint the backside of the plate because that’s what will face “out” on your purse. However, if you like, you can paint the front AND back like this little one did.

Paper plates are being painted.

When your plate is dry, match up both halves of the plate with the front sides facing each other. Staple all around the curved edge of the plate leaving the top open.

Painted paper plates being stapled together.

Ribbons, buttons and bows can be glued on to add some pizazz to your purse. We used low-heat glue guns for this part because the glue dries quickly, and does a good job of holding big buttons and ribbons in place.

Close-up brown purse with buttons and bows.

Now, if your kids are up for learning how to sew some basic stitches, have them select some colourful yarn. 

Kids craft with yarn.

Punch holes around the curved edge of the paper plate, spacing them an inch or so apart.  Stitch all around the edge of the plate, and finish by adding a long length of yarn as a purse strap.


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Kids sew yarn into their paper plate purse.

And now your child has a purse of his or her very own to fill with whatever treasures they please.

Picture of all the finished purses.

One of the hooligan said she was “a mom", and she stocked her hers with kleenex, a glue stick, a pen and a key chain. Two of the girls said their purses were Easter baskets, and they proceeded to fill them with Easter related goodies in our craft room.

Here’s one, stuffed with tissue paper, pom pom “easter eggs” and the adorable cardboard roll “chocolate” Easter bunnies we made the other day.

Bunnies purse.

The fourth child added a handful of play money to hers, and proclaimed that she was going shopping.

Ahhh, the imagination of a child. If you’ll excuse us now, we’re off to play.

Article Author Jackie Currie
Jackie Currie

Jackie Currie is a mother, daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind the blog Happy Hooligans. A self-proclaimed glitterphobe, she specializes in easy, affordable arts & crafts and good, old-fashioned play.

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