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Office Supply Crafts: Bubble-Pack Purse

The business of being a child surely involves being creative, efficient, and productive -- in your own way, of course. Office supplies can help.


Once you learn the basic techniques, you can make a purse of any size or shape you want.


  • Bubble-pack-lined envelopes (they are coated with paper, both white and brown manila, or plastic)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Packing tape
  • Paper fasteners 
  • Stickers or self-adhesive plastic business-card sleeves and business cards


  1. Step 1

    First make the body of the purse by cutting a long rectangle of bubble-pack-lined envelope (the one at top right was 12 by 5 1/2 inches). Fold the rectangle, bubble side in, so the sides will be the same height, leaving 1 1/2 inches or so at the bottom for the base.

  2. Step 2

    For the purse, we cut a strip of envelope long enough to serve as both the handle and both sides of the body, and then taped it in place. The handle is tapered at the top for easy gripping by small hands.

  3. Step 3

    Adorn the purse with stickers, or attach a plastic sleeve so that you can slip different color cards in and out to suit your mood.

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 5 2002