Exploding Handbag

by Liz Walker

Make an exploding paper purse.


  • Score board
  • Scoring tool
  • Double-sided paper, two 12" x 12" sheets (Heartfelt Creations Burst of Splendor paper pad used here)
  • Adhesive
  • Paper trimmer
  • Adhesive Velcro
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Heartfelt Creations Delicate Aster stamp set and die and adhesive pearls used here)


  1. Step 1

    Score at 4" from all sides of the first 12" sheet of patterned paper.

  2. Step 2

    Score diagonally in each of the four corner sections.

  3. Step 3

    In the outer center squares mark the center. Score from the inner corners of the square to the outer edge center as shown in the photo.

  4. Step 4

    Crease along the score lines and fold as shown in the photo.

  5. Step 5

    From the second sheet of paper cut a piece 7" x 4".

    Score at 4" and 5" from the left edge.

  6. Step 6

    Adhere the 4” section of the scored piece of paper to the back of the bag. The 2" section is the front flap of the bag.

  7. Cut a strip of paper 12" x 3/4", and score 1 1/2" from each end. This is the handle. Adhere the scored ends to the underneath of the 1" scored part of the bag flap.

  8. Step 7

    Cut a small piece of self-adhesive Velcro to the inside of the bag flap and close in place, securing the bag.

  9. Step 8

    Decorate the bag to finish the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Exploding Handbag. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Liz, I knew you had made this even before I saw your name! It's just so YOU! What a gorgeous project and a fabulous tutorial as well. Great job!!! And I love the project! xo
Kathy Clement  |  Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 2:57 AM
Beautiful colors and styles. Thank you for sharing.
Kathy Hallacy  |  Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 3:15 AM
Really lovely. I would love to try this smile
Linda Brooks  |  Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 3:17 AM
This is adorable and looks so easy to make. Thanks for sharing !
Barbara Jay  |  Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 3:17 AM
Just love this dear little purse, will love to make it, Thanks for your lovely tutorial!!!
Jasmine Patrick  |  Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 4:56 AM
Wow! I love this purse. I'm going to try to make it. Thanks for sharing!
gina kolodnicki  |  Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 5:32 AM
Fantastic! Can't wait to get home to name this handbag. It's sooooo cute!! Thanks for sharing 😃
StampDuJour  |  Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 5:32 AM
TFS - Fab! I made a mini version of from 6"x6" - which works well for Christmas tree decorations as well as wedding favours. However I can see Easter Eggs in this one!
Elaine Barr  |  Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 5:52 AM
Just the cutest and most creative project ever!! I love this little purse, was so excited to see the tutorial for it! Great job on this Liz!
Anne H .  |  Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 6:36 AM
Liz, what a wonderful project. The tutorial (both the pictures and the video) are terrific. Thanks so much for sharing.
Kab  |  Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Excellent tutorial......I am going to make one of these today!!!
Susanne Gleason  |  Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 8:06 AM
Cute Cute! Can't wait to try this!
Prisssequito  |  Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 9:01 AM
This is so cute! I could see this made with various size pictures of the kids/grandkids on the inside for an adorable Mother's Day gift!
Annette Cook  |  Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 9:54 AM
Very Clever and yes these will make a wonderful Mother's Day gift! smile
Dianne Bachetti  |  Wed Mar 18, 2015 at 4:33 PM
This is beautiful will definitely try this there is so much you could do with it
Mary x
mary kelly  |  Thu Mar 19, 2015 at 8:45 AM
This may read like a stupid question, but how do I use my Scor Pal board to score the diagonals?
Wendy Engel  |  Thu Mar 19, 2015 at 9:50 AM
That's a great question, Wendy!

I lined up a ruler with one of the grooves on the Scor-Pal, and used it to line up the points for scoring.
dina  |  Thu Mar 19, 2015 at 9:58 AM
Hi and thanks for a super tutorial! I made one of these yesterday evening and filled it with mini Easter Eggs for a colleague who needed a bit of TLC. It went down REALLY well, thanks so much.
I can get the corner diagonals fine but the "sharper" ones that go in towards the 2" mark.. how do you do those? best wishes, Anniwa
Anni Rasmussen  |  Fri Mar 20, 2015 at 2:32 PM
Does anyone think that this could be scaled down to 8x8"?
Anni Rasmussen  |  Fri Mar 20, 2015 at 2:55 PM
Absolutely, Anni! Just divide the length and width by 3 to determine the score lines for any size bag.

For the center diagonals, I used a ruler to mark the center point, then lined up a ruler with one of the grooves on the Scor-Pal and used it to line up the points for scoring.
dina  |  Fri Mar 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM

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