Introduction: Turn a Note/Post Card Holder Into a Purse

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I got this cool little box for my birthday (too) many moons ago that once contained postcards (anybody remember those? Ha!). I have long since used the cards inside, but I didn't have the heart to throw away the container, so for the longest time it held other cards that were floating about. This didn't seem to do the box justice, however, just laying around hidden behind a drawer holding sub-par postcards, so I decided today to do something about that.

Step 1: The Gathering...

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*Thick, sturdy string or small rope (whatever's on hand)
*Drill
*Marker (optional)
*Glue gun
*Utility knife (optional)


Step 2: Down to Business...

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If you have a marker, use it to help visualize whereabouts the hole for the string will be, or you can just eyeball it, your call.

I could see the mark I made on the box, but my camera couldn't, so I deleted that photo. You'll just have to trust me that it was there and helpful.

Step 3: The Drill...

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I decided I should probably make an indentation of sorts where the hole was to be prior to drilling, in hopes that it might help the drill go through cleanly. This is where the utility knife came in. The tip was sharp enough to get the hole started.

Start drilling. Don't use too much force or you might bend the box, so just coax it.

There are many alternatives that you can use on this step. Use what's available.

Step 4: Thread Through...

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Thread the string through the hole and tie a knot. If the string is just a touch too big, use a small screwdriver or toothpick to push it through.

If you used a slippery string like I did, use a healthy glob of hot glue on the knot. This keeps it from untying.

Cut off  the excess string near the knot.

Step 5: Finished Project...

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What I like about this is if I find something else to use as the strap, the string is easily replaceable without any damage to the box/purse. It could even go back to just holding postcards if I so choose.

Thanks for stopping by!

Comments

Kris T. (author)2013-08-27

Forgot to mention, but the box velcros shut, so I didn't have to add any kind of fastener to it. Bonus!

parisusa (author)2013-08-31

Finished pic is showing now! Cute! Must have been glitch on my end-sorry! Thank you! (My local Savers - a used clothing & home goods store frequently has these decorative boxes for cheap!)

Kris T. (author)parisusa2013-09-01

Oh good! I was hoping it was just a little glitch that would work itself out.
Say, I never thought to look at a used goods store for these things (should've been obvious!). Hmm...

parisusa (author)2013-08-29

Your last pic says "broken". But Love the idea! I have several of these boxes! Thanks!

Kris T. (author)parisusa2013-08-31

Huh, that's weird. The photo shows on my computer and I even checked on another computer. Is it still doing it on your end?

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