Mod Podged Handbag

So I got this crazy idea: to mod podge my handbag. Crazy I know! But it worked. And I think it’s pretty darn cute! I’m sure you’re wondering ‘what the heck were you thinking’. I wondered myself. Especially after I told one of my friends my plan. She gave me a strange look and told me that I had to post it even if it didn’t work. (thanks for the vote of confidence, Melissa!:)
Anyways, I have to give you a little “Bag History”. I got it as a newly wed in Idaho on one of the hub’s well thought out “dates” to the local thrift store (we were hard up for money…. just like now!! lol). We paid a whoppin $1 for it. I used it for several years, but I have since moved on to bigger bags (read: diaper bag). Anyways, sorry for all the chatter, here it is!!
I lOvE it!!
I added a yellow flower clip I made and I think it sets it off perfectly. {To see my flower clip tutorial, click here.} The yummy paper is from MME’s “Stomp” line, which I’m totally diggin with right now.
Here’s the Before pic:
And some pics my man took of me.
Okay, now I want to hear your reactions. What do you think?

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    tRES cHIC MAMA!! It turned out really cute :) Now I know where you were today… ;)

  2. 2

    I will admit I was skeptical… but it turned out great!

  3. 3

    Great job, Linda! I'm very impressed!

  4. 4

    Holy Moly!! How'd you do that!?!? Super cute!!

  5. 5

    Holy Moly!! How'd you do that!?!? Super cute!!

  6. 6

    WHAT!!! You did WHAT!!!! WOW so so so super cool!! Details PLEASE!!!!!

  7. 7
    The DIY Show Off

    That is awesome! I LOVE fun purses. Great job!


  8. 8

    This is adorable. I'm going through my "retired" purse drawer right now looking for one I can slather in Modge Podge. Would love to see the details as to how you put it all together!

  9. 9

    Ok, we need a tutorial! It's great and so cute!

  10. 10

    Super job! Love it… Please share the process!!!

  11. 11

    Interesting Idea. it looks so good. I feel like it should be shown on one of those "upgrade" commercials! Love it. Found you from Today's Creative blog. Defintely going to follow as Im in a similar situation. hubby going to school, little one at home, and loving crafts!

  12. 12
    * TONYA *

    Ooh, I love it. Great idea. I'm a huge fan of mod podge.

  13. 13
    M LLoyd

    Totally cute! 1000% improvement! Love, love, love it!!!

  14. 14
    Pink Little Ladies

    That is a really good idea! It looks super cute with its new skin!

  15. 15
    Gallant Family

    I'd love to see a tutorial! It looks great!

  16. 16
    Haley and Cameron Roberts

    I love it! I want to know how you did it!

  17. 17

    Great job…that is a definite total transformation..hard to believe it's the same purse.

  18. 18

    WOW ! I have used modge podge but, never on a handbag – very creative ! Love it !

  19. 19
    Mary Ellen (megardengal)

    Wow Great idea!! Now you need to show us how you did it!!


  20. 21

    This is fantastic! So creative and I love the way it turned out!
    pk @ ROOM REMIX

  21. 22

    Oh my gosh I am totally loving that line of paper right now too!! All the new MME is fantastic! I'm so glad they moved on from the magnolia and bohemian stuff….!!

    That bag is FANTASTIC!!!!! I can't wait to give it a try myself! My husband thinks I mod podge everything now…wait till he see me mod podge a purse! HAHA You are so talented!!

    P.S. Hi my name is Keriann and I'm a craftaholic thrift store shopper!!

  22. 23
    Mod Podge Amy

    So awesome! You totally rocked it.

  23. 24
    Peanut-Butter Kitty

    Love your idea. I bought a fake LV purse at the flea market and plan on using some Rub N Buff on it! I hope it turns out as good as your project. Keep your fingers crossed.

  24. 25

    Great job on the handbag! It looks wonderful!

  25. 26
    21st Century Housewife©

    That is lovely! What a fantastic idea!!

  26. 27

    That is beautiful! I'm getting ready to read your tutorial right now. You're so crafty, and very funny. My boyfriend and I go on dates to the thrift store too.

  27. 28
    Michelle Rayburn

    I had no idea you could mod podge a purse. How cool! Definitely going to file that in my memory for a future purse remake. Thanks for sharing!


  28. 29
    Christine @ GreatOakCircle

    This looks awesome! Great job!

  29. 30

    I can't believe how cute that turned out!

  30. 31

    Adorable!! Love it. :-)

  31. 33

    That looks incredible! Now I'm off to find my old handbags and gemme some mod podge. Thanks for the inspiration!

  32. 34

    This is seriously the coolest thing I've EVER seen! I can't wait to try something like it!

  33. 35

    That is just too cool! I've been wanting a new handbag and this gives me some ideas. I'm thinking beautiful fabric (from a thrift store garment) mod podged onto a thrift store bag. Hmm, too bad I already spent my thrift "allowance" for this week.. :)
    Great idea!

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