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

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Just had to make one as I needed a birthday present for a crafty friend. Two votive Yankee candles inside.
Elaine Chapple  |  Sat Mar 21, 2015 at 2:21 AM
Thanks Dina! I have some great 8 x 8 papers that would be perfect for this :o)
Anni Rasmussen  |  Sat Mar 21, 2015 at 4:19 AM
Love your bag Liz!!!!!!
Pam Loris  |  Sat Mar 21, 2015 at 5:21 AM
Eine ganz tolle Geschenkidee. Danke für die Anleitung!
Ich werde es wieder versuchen.
Liebe Grüße Beate
Beate M  |  Sun Mar 22, 2015 at 12:58 PM
Liz, you did an amazing job on your tutorial!! I am going to have to try to make one of these. Thank you for sharing your awesome work!
Penny ODell  |  Sun Mar 22, 2015 at 7:39 PM
thanks for the tips on getting the side angles right.
Jen Bean  |  Wed Mar 25, 2015 at 3:45 AM
Liz, i have always been a fan of your boxes, bags and shoes, this one is no exception. Loved hearing your accent too :D, great tutorial, im going to try it sometime :D
Karan Gerber  |  Wed Mar 25, 2015 at 12:38 PM
so lovely i will try same
lorraine carr  |  Thu Apr 2, 2015 at 1:27 AM
Great job Liz! Such a cute little bag!
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Apr 22, 2015 at 7:18 AM
Thank you for a beautiful project. I made one and it is just so beautiful. Great tutorial ! Lidia xx
Aidil  |  Thu Apr 23, 2015 at 9:13 AM
Thank you for sharing this adorable project. Your instructions were very clear & I can't wait to make one.
Vic  |  Sat May 2, 2015 at 4:15 AM
I love your tutorial and I used it again smile http://monika-jot.blogspot.com/2018/04/slubna-torebka.html
Thank you smile
Monika Jakubowska  |  Fri Apr 27, 2018 at 3:01 AM

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