Belated Earth Day Project

I know Earth Day was a week ago, but I have to share how I celebrated it.

I made a purse. From newspaper.

First, however, I went to the dentist. I had taken the entire day off, anticipating several procedures and a mouth full of Novocain. I didn’t want to go back to work and slobber my way through the rest of the day.

But the dentist opted to only do one procedure — saving the others for a future date — and I had only one slobber-inducing shot. So while I was waiting for that to wear off, I decided to undertake an Earth Day project that I spotted in a magazine.

I decided to use the front of the Daily Globe sports page that featured the opening of Target Field and the headline “Twins take it outside.” (See the attached photo.)

The key to turning a newspaper into a purse is tape. Clear packing tape. Lots of clear packing tape. And patience. Lots of patience.

There’s some measuring involved, but the basic process is this. Take a sheet of newspaper (four pages with front and back), fold in half along fold lines and again into quarters. This will make up the front, bottom and back of the purse. Cut a four-inch wide strip of cardboard to fit the width of the paper for the bottom of the purse. Use a glue stick or tape to secure into place, centered along the fold.

Then get out the packing tape and apply strips of tape to completely cover the front and back (which will now be the inside). I did one side first, folding the excess tape around to the other side to secure, then repeating the process on the other side. The biggest problem is getting the tape to stay smooth. Some wrinkles are inevitable — think of it as adding character to the purse.

Cut two additional strips of newspaper, four inches wide and about 11 inches long and also cover with packing tape on both sides. Tape bottom of strip to cardboard bottom of purse so that the top of the strip lines up with the top of the bag. Secure with additional packing tape on bottom and along outside edges.

For purse handles, poke hopes about 1 ½ inches from the top and sides on both the front and back of the purse. Thread ribbon through holes and knot. Use additional strips of tape to reinforce the holes.

To finish the purse, use black electrical tape to trim out the top and sides.

Voila! A newspaper recycled into a purse. If I do another one, however, I might look into getting the newspaper laminated instead of using all the tape.

1 Response

  1. Howard

    I think it’s a little funny that an earth day project uses a huge amount of plastic/cellphane tape.

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