Monday, March 28, 2011

Break out the Mod Podge

I bought a case with a handle that had a magnetic strip to keep the lid closed, at a salvage store a few years back. The case looked like a purse and it was suppose to have an assortment of note cards inside. Most of the cards were gone, and the container/purse was marked down  to $1.00, if I remember correctly. I didn't like the cards, or the front design on the container when I bought it. I thought the case could be up cycled into a purse or gift box. So, today was the day I decided to alter my inexpensive purchase.
Before photo:
mod podge purse before
I went thru my 12 x 12 scrapbook paper stacks and selected two sheets of cardstock. I traced around the front panel of the case to make a pattern for the front and back.  Next, I coated the front and back with Mod Podge, and added my cut out cardstock. I did the same for the bottom. I have yet to cut the shanks off of some buttons to be used as feet so the purse bottom won't get scratched.                                                                                                                  I then cut out a  piece of felt with my Big Kick die cutter and used a flower Tim Holtz die. I stapled the felt flowers in the center, and glued the back of the felt with fabric Mod Podge to adhere the flower to the front of the purse. For the center of the flower I added a flattened bottle cap with a photo of a  little girl that I had punched out with a 1 inch punch. I then coated the top of the bottle cap with Dimensional Magic. I didn't want to rely on just the magnetic closure so I  drilled a hole at the top of the purse, and then the front panel to secure a large tubular bead and loop.
Close up of the front:
mod podge purse3.11
Finished purse: 7 ' length x 8 ' width
mod podge pursefull view.3.11
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Tammy D said...

Very nice Elaine! Love the difference!

Anonymous said...

wow! Looks great!

Susan said...

So cute! I have a small case that makeup came in and I've been thinking about doing something similar. You've reminded me!