Saturday, July 28, 2012

Saturday Short Subjects: Feeling Crafty?

A few days ago, Elm City Market (now at 1561 member owners) tweeted the link to a DIY change purse. The purse’s base is a half-gallon milk or juice carton. How green is that?

The source is the Disney Family Fun site. Click here for the instructions which include a video, a template (which you can get by clicking on the highlighted word “template”) and very clear written instructions.

I tried this project before sharing it with you.

My OJ purse closed…
I have a few words of wisdom to share:  

  • Adult supervision (and, quite possibly, intervention) is required. The adult needs to be somewhat crafty, i.e. know how to follow instructions and have a bit of patience. 
  • Your scissors need to be sharp; the nursery school version will not work.
  • It is easier to cut out the curved parts, particularly the circle, with an X-Acto knife.
  • Firm Pressure actually means VERY Firm Pressure. And you should score repeatedly. Milk/juice cartons are very tough [as they should be].
Was this project a success? YES. And, the OJ cap does indeed keep the purse sealed.

Was it easy to make? Not really. It is harder than it looks to make the accordion fold.

And open with change inside.

  • You can’t beat the cost of the materials. 
  • The purse is very cute. And useful – perfect for holding lots of change for the parking meter. 
  • And I don’t think anyone would steal it from a dashboard if it were left unattended.


  • If you were considering this as an accessory for an evening out, I would probably say, “Forget it.” But you can be the judge of that.

Have fun, and have a great weekend.

Why Saturday Short Subjects? Some readers may recall  being dropped at the movie theater for the Saturday matinee — two action-packed feature films with a series of short subjects (cartoons or short movies, sometimes a serial cliffhanger) sandwiched in between. Often the short subjects were the most memorable, and enjoyable, part of the morning. That explains the name. The reason behind these particular posts is that we are all short on time. My Short Subject posts should not take me as long to write or you as long to read (or try).

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