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You Can Make a Photo Purse for Pennies

You can make a cute photo purse with a bag you already have in your closet! Use this tutorial to get the look – it’s a great gift idea!

Personalized photo purse using photo transfer medium

If you haven’t tried Mod Podge photo transfer medium, it’s pretty awesome stuff. It does exactly what it promises – transfers photos to surfaces! It’s not a clear/transparent photo transfer; instead, it puts a white background behind the photo.

This makes it nice when doing projects like Candie did above – you can put a photo transfer directly onto a printed surface and the background doesn’t show through.

I love Candie’s purse idea, and I think it would be fun to put a picture of one of my dogs on a purse. So that everyone would know (instead of just thinking) that I’m a weird dog lady.

Whose face would you put on a photo purse? Learn how to make it below.

Personalized Photo Purse

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Instructions

Cut the photo out and lay onto wax paper.

Paint photo transfer image over the photo

Following the manufacturer’s instructions, paint a thick coat of the MP Photo Transfer Medium onto the printed side of the photo. It’s important that you not be able to see the photo underneath the medium.

Image and medium face down on fabric

Pick up the photo piece carefully by its edges and flip over onto the piece of canvas. Smooth the photo piece down lightly with your fingers. Wipe up any excess with a paper towel. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

Wet photo transfer

Once dry, dampen the paper backing with a sponge and let sit for two minutes.

Remove the paper backing by rubbing in a circular motion with a sponge. Take care not to rub through the photo.

Photo transfer medium

When the paper is removed, leave the photo piece to dry. Once dry, there may be areas that need more paper removed.

Once the photo piece is ready, trim out the photo with ribbons and embellishments applied with hot glue.

Decoupaged purse using photo transfer medium

Glue the photo piece to the purse.

Decoupaged purse using photo transfer medium

DIY Photo Purse

Yield: 1 purse
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Dry Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 45 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $5

Learn how to make a photo purse using Mod Podge photo transfer medium! This makes a perfect gift idea.

Materials

  • Purse
  • Canvas fabric piece
  • Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium
  • Color copy of photo (laserjet or dry ink)
  • Paper towel
  • Wax paper
  • Sponge
  • Ribbons/trim

Tools

  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

  1. Print out the photo at the size desired. Cut out with scissors and lay on wax paper.
  2. Paint a thick coat of the Photo Transfer Medium onto the printed side of the photo. It’s important that you not be able to see the photo underneath the medium.
  3. Pick up the photo piece carefully by its edges and flip over onto the piece of canvas. Smooth the photo piece down lightly with your fingers. Wipe up any excess with a paper towel. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
  4. Once dry, dampen the paper backing with a sponge and let sit for two minutes.
  5. Remove the paper backing by rubbing in a circular motion with a sponge. Take care not to rub through the photo.
  6. When the paper is removed, leave the photo piece to dry. Once dry, there may be areas that need more paper removed.
  7. Once the photo piece is ready, trim out the photo with ribbons and embellishments applied with hot glue.
  8. Glue the photo piece to the purse.

Notes

Cost assumes you are using a purse you already have on hand - which is what I did.

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Project courtesy of Plaid Enterprises

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