This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in May 2014.
I’m joining in on the mint tin upcycling fun today with a little project inspired by a little girl who loves purses … because what teddy bear or American Girl doll should go without stylish accessories? Right.
This is probably the cutest thing I’ve ever made.
It doesn’t take much to create your own DIY doll purse, just a little creativity with some unexpected materials like a narrow belt and paper fasteners. (And if you’re thinking like I do, yes, in a day when staplers reign, those brassy paper fasteners are still sold readily in stores!)
Start your project by identifying where the purse strap will attach to the sides of the tin. Tap a nail through the tin on either side.
Cut the belt to an appropriate length to be a purse strap. Trim the ends of your strap in a cute design.
Using the nail and hammer again, create new holes in the strap at the ends that will attach to the purse itself.
Spray paint the tin in a well-ventilated area. Add 2-3 very light coats at different angles (with the tin open and shut) to prevent dripping. Allow it to dry well between coats.
Attach the belt strap to the dried purse using the paper fastener.
The clasp on the paper fastener is perfect for this application. See?
Depending on your kid’s style, add a graphic detail to the front. This is a dimensional sticker that I picked out at the craft store, but traditional stickers would work too, as would hot gluing on an iron-on patch.
Ta-da! Easy upcycle of a common household recyclable. How much did the kid like this? Beary much.