Mother’s Day Purse Idea

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This Mother’s Day Purse craft is cute Mother’s Day craft kids can make and a great way to upcycle an old purse!

A super cute way to upcycle an old or stained purse: let the kids paint it! Add handprints, or just let them go wild! A thoughtful and fun Mother's Day gift kids can make

Upcycled Purse Craft

This Mother’s Day craft is possibly one of the less “Pinterest worthy” crafts on the blog, but it is definitely one of my favorites that we have ever done!

I was about to head to Santa Fe for my first solo trip without Ella. We had never been apart more than one night before this trip and we were both having a really hard time with it.

While packing, I found an old purse that had become stained but was still sturdy and such a shame to get rid of, and then I thought “why not let the kids decorate it?!” They were THRILLED with the opportunity to decorate a purse for me to bring on my trip… and it felt kind of silly to get to cover one of mama’s purses with paint and glitter!

You can’t see it very well in the picture above, but there was a good mix of hand prints and just messy smears of glitter and paint. (The picture makes it look like it’s just a big old smear.) Of course, you could encourage the kids to be a bit neater with their decorating, or just stick to carefully-placed handprints, but I really wanted to let them have fun and decorate the purse however they wanted. 

I also had them both sign the purse when they were done, which was very exciting for them.

If you don’t have a stained purse to upcycle, you could alternatively use a tote bag or order a cheap canvas purse like this one.

I think this craft would be cute for Mother’s Day, a birthday, or as a way to include the kids in preparing for a parent’s only trip.

You could also pair this purse with our purse gift-card template.

Materials for a Mother’s Day Purse

Tip: check the nozzles on your fabric paint and insert a toothpick or safety pin if the nozzles are clogged up to make decorating easier.

How to Make an Upycled Purse for Mother’s Day

Set out your materials and let the kids know what fun project we are about to do!

Lay any “ground rules” if you have specific areas of the purse you don’t want covered in paint or glitter.

My kids were happy to decorate together, but if that’s an issue for your kids, you can assign one side or half of the purse to each child. You can use a bit of masking tape to create a “line” for the kids to stay on their own sides of.

If you want to add handprints to the bag, use a paintbrush to apply fabric paint to your child’s palm and then gently press it down onto the fabric. Carefully help them remove their hand straight-up to prevent smudging their handprint.

Allow the purse to dry overnight, or as directed on your fabric paint bottles.

 

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A cute parting gift before Mom's first vacation without the kids, or just a thoughtful handmade Mother's Day gift kids can make. This upcycled purse craft is a great way to give new life to a stained purse

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Mother's Day Purse Idea

An easy way to let kids upcycle an old or stained purse for a sweet Mother's Day gift or gift for mom before a adults-only vacation.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • Old, stained fabric purse or a cheap canvas purse like this one
  • Fabric paint
  • Glitter, optional

Tools

  • Paintbrushes, optional

Instructions

  1. Set out your materials and let the kids know what fun project we are about to do!
  2. Lay any "ground rules" if you have specific areas of the purse you don't want covered in paint or glitter.
  3. My kids were happy to decorate together, but if that's an issue for your kids, you can assign one side or half of the purse to each child. You can use a bit of masking tape to create a "line" for the kids to stay on their own sides of.
  4. If you want to add handprints to the bag, use a paintbrush to apply fabric paint to your child's palm and then gently press it down onto the fabric. Carefully help them remove their hand straight-up to prevent smudging their handprint.
  5. Allow the purse to dry overnight, or as directed on your fabric paint bottles.

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I think this is possibly the best way to extend the life of an old or stained purse – sure, you could add patches or paint something more elaborate on it if you’d like, but this was so much more meaningful for me and it made for a very special parting gift before my first mom-only trip.

For more cute Mother’s Day gift ideas, check out our Pressed Flower Candles Craft or our Handprint Roses craft (both with video).

A super cute way to upcycle an old or stained purse: let the kids paint it! Add handprints, or just let them go wild! A thoughtful and fun Mother's Day gift kids can make  A cute parting gift before Mom's first vacation without the kids, or just a thoughtful handmade Mother's Day gift kids can make. This upcycled purse craft is a great way to give new life to a stained purse

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