Make It Amazing Handbag Tutorial

I love trying new craft products, so you can imagine my excitement when this box of goodies arrived at my door:

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Scotch® Australia and New Zealand are hosting the Make It Amazing competition (with a chance to win an iPad Mini by creating with Scotch® Expressions Tape). The pack I received was very girly – pinks and purple with a roll of green thrown in the mix. Looks like I have to make something for Little Miss Pink here.

I’ve been feeling a bit guilty that I promised to make Celeste a handbag when I made this birthday present. Once the idea was in my head, I just had to go with it! So here’s the Scotch® Expressions Make It Amazing Handbag:

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I seriously love the print on this. I’m almost tempted to make another one for me! I didn’t use even half the roll of tape!

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Let’s see how I made it (and get more details of the Make It Amazing Competition at the end of the post):

Materials

1 roll Scotch® Expressions Packaging Tape in Pink Baroque
1 roll Scotch® Expressions Packaging Tape in White with Pink Polka Dots
1 roll Scotch® Expressions Tape in Pink
1 small cardboard cereal box
Scissors
2 sheets white printer paper
Glue
Small button or brad

Instructions

1. Open up the cardboard cereal box by carefully pulling apart the glued sections.

2. Draw the handbag shape, tracing a small plate or other circle for the curved section. Make sure the front and back are the same height and leave a long, skinny rectangle above the centre of one of the curves for the bag closure.

3. Cut out the bag shape.

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4. Carefully place strips of Scotch® Shipping Packaging Tape in Pink Baroque over the bag, extending slightly off the top and bottom. I started at the centre of the front piece to avoid having a seam in the centre of the bag, although the pattern is quite busy and hard to spot the seams.

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5. With the overhang of the tape stuck to your bench, holding the bag in place, place place additional strips of Scotch® Shipping Packaging Tape in Pink Baroque, lining up the pattern. I found if you changed the orientation of each strip, the patterns lined up reasonably well.

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6. Keep going until the bag is covered.

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7. Trim the excess tape around all edges of the cardboard.

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8. Flip the cardboard over. This was the printed side of the cardboard for me, which showed through the white background of the polka dot tape. I grabbed a couple of sheets of printer paper and glued them onto the cardboard with a glue stick.

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9. I then repeated the previous steps applying strips of Scotch® Shipping Packaging Tape in White with Pink Polka dots. Unfortunately, this pattern of this tape doesn’t join nicely, so I ended up alternating strips of pink Scotch® Expressions Tape between the Polka Dots. I still thought the stripes and spots was a funky look!

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10. Trim the excess tape around the edges of the cardboard.

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11. Place small strips of pink Scotch® Expressions Tape over the top edge. Small strips work best to get a nice smooth curve, without too many wrinkles.

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12. Place border strips of pink Scotch® Expressions Tape along each edge of the box and along the long strip for the closure (on both sides)

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13. Tape the cardboard box back together, placing tape inside and outside the bag for extra strength.

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14. For the strap, place a long strip of pink Scotch® Expressions Tape sticky-side up on your table (approximately 40cm). Take another piece 5cm smaller than the first piece, and stick it to the first piece, leaving 2.5cm at each end.

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Stick the two end pieces to the inside of the handbag, and reinforce with a small strip of tape on the outside.

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15. Lay a 4cm piece of pink Scotch® Expressions Tape sticky-side up on your table. Carefully place a 2.5 cm piece of tape over the top leaving sticky sections on each side. Place this on the front of the bag for the closure to slot into.

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16. Most normal people would stop there, but I decided it needed a small flower to cover up the closure. Stick two approximately 5cm pieces of pink Scotch® Expressions Tape together.

17. Cut 5 petal shapes out of the strip of tape.

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18. Make a small fold in the bottom of each petal (see photo above).

19. Stick the petals to a small piece of tape.

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20. Glue a button or brad onto the centre of the flower.

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21. Glue the flower over the closure on the bag.

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And there you have a cute, waterproof, wipe clean bag for a sweet little girl. You really wouldn’t know it was made of tape and cardboard! Celeste is very please with her new bag!

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For your chance to win an iPad mini, enter your project using Scotch Expressions Tape at Make It Amazing. There are 5 iPads available in Australia and 2 in New Zealand. Winners will be selected by a combination of votes by users and a final assessment by 3M. Voting on creations also gives you the chance to instant win products.

Come back soon for a giveaway to help you along with your entry… Updated: enter the competition here

Disclosure: I received free product and compensation for my time from Scotch® Australia and New Zealand. All opinions and projects are my own.

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Comments

  1. This is super cute! I would have killed for that when I was a little girl. Pink all the way, baby!

  2. Oh that’s so cute. My daughter would love it!

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