17 December 2012

$1 Tinsel Purse

I'm not big on dressing for the holidays. Unless it's an ugly Christmas sweater with a cat on it, in which case, I am down.

This last weekend, sadly, my kitty sweater was at the cleaners. I needed to dress up my usual uniform (black jersey and big earrings) with something festive. Something fun. Something cheap.

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present my $1 Tinsel Purse:

This was so easy. I mean, crazy easy. If you can work a hot glue gun, you can make this in under five minutes.

This all started with a brown satin purse that matched a bridesmaid dress from a couple of years ago. It's actually a pretty nice purse but I don't have much call for brown ballgowns (unless you count that time I walked to 7-11 to buy a frozen pizza  wearing my bridesmaid dress and flip-flops....but even then I needed a bigger purse to hold my wallet, phone and beef jerky. I know right? Conundrum.)

If you don't have a bridesmaid purse laying around you could raid your closet or pick one up at the thrift store for a buck. Even the dollar store has cheapo evening purses. The dollar store is where I found this tinsel garland, and they also sell beaded garland too. If your purse did not have a handle it would be easy to substitute for an over-sized bracelet of beaded garland, or heck, why not use a real bracelet?  Doesn't everyone have a tacky beaded bracelet from their Aunt Thelma? I have three! No offense, Aunt Thelma.

Good for Christmas and New Years shindigs galore.  Party down!



  1. This is soooooo cool!

  2. I have seen purses at Dollar Tree, but I was unsure how to change them. Thanks for the idea.


  3. love this sparkling clutch!!! perfect accessory for your prom dress

  4. Very nicely designed purses. They are much beautiful as we also take it on any party or occassion. swarovski evening bag collection

  5. it is like a fabulous little hedgehog ready to party! LOVE

  6. This is so fun! I love it!

  7. Very Nice!! I think I would make the preppy version with passamenterie braid and tassels. I couldn't find my evening bag the other night because I had moved everything around, so I had to take a vintage alligator purse as big as a carpetbag to a dinner. I could have rested my feet on it under the table it was so big.

  8. I absolutely adore this and I think I'm going to make one for myself. :) You have as many choices as there are of tinsels out there! Oh Yea <3

  9. Love it! So simple and fun.
    And, for me, I think it is big enough. It would hold my phone, wallet and a little pack of Skittles. Just enough.

  10. Totally awesome idea, I saw some tinsel clutches that were really expensive and I thought there's gotta be a cheaper way. And there is! :D
    I really have to try this!


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