Playing Cards Purse

Playing Cards Purse

All this purse consists of is rows of playing cards backed by a "duct tape sheet" (strips of duct tape) in dimensions of your desire.

What you need

Duct Tape
Playing Cards


The purses I have pictured started as sheets of 6 columns of cards in three rows, along with two side pieces of 4 cards, and a bottom size of your choice. After these sheets were prepared, and cut the two pieces for the front and back to whatever shape looked pleasing.

The front/back pieces, along with the sides and bottom, were then attached and laminated to make the whole thing sturdier. The laminate was then trimmed, the purse folded, and taped inside with duct tape!

1. Pick your choice of cards– the pictures here were made from standard playing cards and uno cards, but you can make it out of pretty much and fairly-sturdy, uniformed-size object.

2. Overlap strips of duct tape to make, in essence, a sticky sheet of duct tape. Do this 2 times for both of the sides, another for the bottom, and 2 more for the front and back.

3. Layout your cards on each “sheet” according to side size. For my pictured purses, I used a format of about 6 cards across by 4 rows. For the sides, I used 1 row of 4 cards, and for the bottom, about 1 1/2 cards in 3 rows.

4. Cut the 6×4 card sheet into your desired shape. For mine, I cut them into either a rounded square or a rounded square bottom with a more narrow. This part is really up to you.

5. Cut out shapes for the handles at the top of your newly cut 6 x 4 sheets.

6. Trim the tape around all the card sheets so that no tape is exposed.

7. Layout all of you pieces in mirror images card-side down and tape them enough that they will hold together while laminating. See picture for layout.

Playing Cards Layout


8. Take the pre-folded purse to Kinko’s or some similar place to be laminated, and therefore become more sturdy. This is generally fairly cheaply done. However if you want to skip this, you can make it sturdy on your own by covering it with clear packaging tape.

9. Trim all the laminate around the purse and fold to form purse shape.

10. Reinforce the sides with duct tape to hold it together, et voila!

This project was contributed by Hope King.

To check out her wonderful Hand Made Bags visit her Online Store I Hope Sew


  1. What an awesome idea!! Most of us have a deck of old cards just laying around…with one card missing from the pack! No need to throw them out anymore. Make something with them! I love this!

  2. sure would be nice to see the steps by steps process.
    finished products shown standing up don’t match the instructions.
    need more pictures, please!

  3. This sounds really cool! I can’t wiat to make one for my card playing grandma! And me too:)!

  4. This is a great idea. I was looking for something to do with not only my old Sailor Moon game cards, but also with my pokemon cards. Just got done with mine. Can’t wait to tote it around. 🙂

  5. I think this is an awesome project and i cant wait to start it my only question is how do you make the shape and how do you make the sticky sheet?

  6. I just got done making this! It is kind of hard to taape 2gether but mine is sooo cool and gorgous thx for the idea!

  7. it’s sooooooooooooooo cool! I will make it this weekend. thank you very mcuch.

  8. it looks really ……….. hard? But it is still cool!

  9. ehmygash i love the pattern! i have got to make something like this.

  10. the only problems with these is how they don’t bend and getting the cards to stay together so no duct tape shows. I do like your kool aid patterns though. . .

  11. the only problems with these is how they don’t bend and getting the cards to stay together so no duct tape shows. I do like your kool aid patterns though. . .

  12. AWESOME! i have got to have one of these!

  13. omg iluv this sooooooooo kewl

  14. I haven’t made this yet but I just spent way too much time all over this website and this is the project I’m the most psyched about doing that I’ve found here!

  15. This looks very cool and easy, except for the duct tape. What if I used glue to stick them to the backing instead?
    Rating is required but not valid since I haven’t made one yet.

  16. saiyidahdah says

    coolest craft ever seen.

  17. just the job for all those half packs of playing cards the children lose. brilliant idea. A++++

  18. Turned out so cute! Try adding pins and do-dads to the outside with hot glue! Looks best if you use colorful cards like character uno cards!

  19. Tinkerbella says

    that is the coolest thing i’ve seen in a whiile.. g2g make one NOW!!!

  20. how sweet! i cant wait to try it!

  21. im always finding decks of cards missing like 3 cards or something random this is a great way to use decks of cards that are worthless

  22. I especially like the ones made with the UNO cards.

  23. looks sooo cool! i was looking for a way to use my awsome colored duct tape …… now to find some old cards

  24. wow this was way fun and easy!!!

  25. OMG! This is so cool! I’m making this for my friend who loves cards… i think she’ll love this!

  26. Great idea! Made one and loved it! Going to make one out of Pokemon cards and baseball cards and sell them!

  27. great idea

  28. i thought this was an amazing idea!!!!

  29. Awesome! I’m linking to you! I definitely want to make one…

  30. I’m dressing up as Alice from Wonderlan contempory style for a party and this bag would be a fantastic addition. I’ve als make a notebook and wallet out of playing cards. Both worked well.

  31. This is very creative. Try making it into a magazine box. You would have to use something stiff, like card board or something!

  32. so neat

  33. WOW I love this idea!!!!!! Great unique purse!!!!!

  34. this bag is so cute i love making purses out of unique things and this is perfect and looks super easy

  35. excellent ideas

  36. DisneyDancer1986 says

    After all my knitting/crochet projects that have a deadline (aka, being paid to make/a friend I know is having a baby), I am sooo making this purse with UNO CARDS!!! Or maybe take an old set of cards from games? Like Candyland? (sry, Candyland & Uno freak

  37. Having bought a very “bizarre” purse for my best friend many years ago, I started what is now known as Tricia’s Crazy Purse collection. This is PERFECT and I just went out and bought Curious George Uno Cards…how perfect is that?!!

  38. I really like the looks of the purses. I’ll try one someday, but right now i”m working on another project. Can’t wait to get started on one of these.

  39. I made 1 and i Love it!I used contact paper instead of packing tape or lamanating it and it works great.Everyone i show it to Lves it and wants 1.Now i need to think of a maching change purse!

  40. cool

  41. I haven’t tried making it but it looks awesome!!Great Job

  42. WOW…it’s amazing!

  43. I like this Project..its fun and creative!!!It keeps you busy too!

  44. i love making my own purses, so this will go amazing. i’m gonna start on it has soon as i find my brothers playing cards 😉

  45. i love it!!!!

  46. I am working on this right now. The only bad thing is the tape sometimes gets stuck on my hand or on the table.

  47. This is a really good idea!

  48. i had a wonderful time trying this project. My bag turned out wicked cool, and i’ve got a ton of compliments. You should totally try making one yourself! pretty easy and it’s just the right size.

  49. I dont like to look of the purses, but I think with a little work they will look great!


  51. Wow what about Custom Baseball Cards with Grandbabies Pictures on them.Wow

  52. wow how clever

  53. this is great im half way done,although the duct tape kept stretching on me than shrunk back once cut!!

  54. I’m going to do it right now!

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