These fabulous purses are so adorable that even I have a hard time believing that they originally were slated for the recycle bin. This project does have some steps that have to be done by an adult, but the beaded handles are fun and easy for children to do. As a matter of fact, my five year old did the ones you see here.
Oval shaped plastic shampoo or conditioner bottles.
Leather punch OR a drill with various sizes of drill bits
Dry Erase marker
Step 1: THE BOTTLE:
As was mentioned under supplies, the bottle you pick should be oval in shape. Any variation on oval will work. It is just the perfectly round bottles that you want to stay away from.
BE VERY VERY CAREFUL OF YOUR FINGERS, PLEASE.
First cut off the very top of your bottle so that you can give it a good cleaning and peal off any advertising stickers.
Step 2: CUTTING OUT THE SHAPE OF THE PURSE:
Using a ruler, measure up the sides of the bottle. Place a small dot at your desired height. Do this for both sides and then draw a straight line across the front. Now add one half inch to each side of that line. Stated another way, you are going to be cutting one half inch into the back side of the bottle. Refer to the picture for the visual.
BEING CAREFUL, start cutting along the line you have drawn. Don't try to cut through on your first time. Make a score mark and then slowly cut through.
When you have the front cut, then you will want to cut directly up the sides. Most bottles will have a joint mark on the sides for you to follow. You will still have the half inch slit into the back, but for right now just cut up the sides of the bottle.