Be Shiny and Crafty with This DIY Duct Tape Purse

In planning for CONvergence 2016, I was skeptical that I would be able to come up with a costume that could work with this year’s theme of transportation. But while brainstorming and researching for something else, I hit on an idea: cosplaying as “Baby,” the 1967 Chevy Impala in Supernatural, and as the Deathcoaster, which Ash makes out of his 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 in Army of Darkness. One of the first things I thought of was, how do I give each costume that shiny silver look cars of that era have? Also, what do I use to carry my stuff around in? As far as the second question went, a purse that is shiny and silver fit the bill.

Buying a shiny silver purse was definitely out of my budget, and I was feeling crafty. I found myself getting a cigar box, rooting out my shiny duct tape, and grabbing some super-sticky Velcro. The cigar box was a little more difficult to obtain that I originally thought, but if you have a local tobacco store or any other place that sell cigars (some liquor stores might as well), they will probably be able to give you one for free or a moderate price. Mine was from Total Wine for about $5. If you’re looking for duct tape, I cannot recommend Ax-Man enough; I’m always up for a romp there. They have a great assortment of random things for cosplay and crafting, or just to have around the house. Your local hardware store or craft store should also have some.

What You’ll Need

  • Cigar box
  • Roll of heavy-duty duct tape
  • Additional roll of duct tape of your choice (for me, shiny silver)
  • Super sticky Velcro
  • Purse strap (you can also make one out of duct tape; you may want to grab some d-rings to help you adjust and connect it to the loops you can make)
  • Two to four pieces of coordinating felt (or, if you’re feeling fancy, velvet)
  • Hot glue gun and glue, or other gluing agents
Sticky Velcro, duct tape, paper towel roll and a cigar box.

Gather your supplies! (Ignore the paper towel roll.)

How to Do It

First, cover the cigar box in your “special” duct tape (the shiny for me), overlapping each strip a small bit with the one before—about ¼ inch. When I got near the top I took two pieces and folded them in thirds vertically, then folded them in half horizontally and made loops for the purse strap I had. I covered those in heavy-duty duct tape and then with the shiny duct tape on top of that.

Cigar box covered in super shiny duct tape.

It looks so shiny!

I used another two pieces (folded in thirds on themselves) to make the closure, again using the heavy-duty duct tape over the bottom half of the closure, then covering it with the shiny duct tape. I then cut two very small strips of Velcro and stuck them on the closure and on the coordinating spot on top. Admittedly, the purse seemed to stay closed on its own fairly well; this was just to be sure.

Next, cut your felt or velvet to fit the inside of your cigar box, making sure to keep an eye on the sides and closing point to make sure it closes properly. Use the hot glue or other adhesive to attach the fabric to the inside walls and create your lovely inside lining. If you don’t want to go this route, you can always use more duct tape instead!

Added a shoulder strap and velcroe closues.

So shiny! Looks almost like chrome.

After adding your strap, you’re ready for CON! (Or wherever else you’d like to take your fancy duct-tape accessory.) This lovely DIY purse is nearly as shiny as the cars it is going to help me imitate, and the best part is that you can use whatever kind of tape you want to give it a personal touch or match whatever costume you are looking to wear. I think I want to make another one in red . . .

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