Do you have a thing for purses?
When I was in my twenties I loved them. I think I had a different purse for almost every outfit.
That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but then again… maybe not. lol.
I loved searching for them at thrift stores, and finding just the right one for just the right look was always a magical moment.
Even though I’m now a one purse at a time gal, I still love searching for them. The only difference is that now I’m not looking for them for my wardrobe, but instead for repurposing fun.
How To Make A Repurposed Purse Clock
When I saw this orange vinyl purse at the thrift store my first thought was that it looked so yummy.
It had that vintage patent leather look and it reminded me of orange sherbert, which is one of my favourite things.
I’ve been keeping this purse clock project in the back of my mind for a long time, and I finally found a purse that made me want to get it done.
An awesome purse (that is essential, lol)
Clockwork mechanisms and hands
Ruler and pencil
The first thing I did was I measure to find the centre and mark it with pencil.
Then I poked through the side of the purse with the pointy end of scissors, turning it gently to make a round hole.
It’s important that the hole be just the right size, and no larger than that.
That’s so that the clockwork mechanism can fit through and be nice and snug.
After I fit the mechanism through I secured the nut in place to hold it just tight enough to hold it in place, but not too tight. They come in different heights so the size needed depends on the thickness of the purse.
TIP: Make sure that the mechanism is not only tall enough to get through the purse but also to keep the clock hands clear of any decorations, handle straps, etc that might be on the purse.
You can see the mechanism is inside the pocket with the battery side on top for easy changing when necessary.
When I’m finished the pocket zipper will be closed up, and the rest of the purse can be used for storage. Right now it holds the long removable strap that came with the purse.
Here are the black metal hands that I chose for this purse. Clock hands are available in so many designs and sizes and what size you use depends on the size of the purse.
I love the way the black hands look against the yummy vibrant orange.
How To Make A Repurposed Clock Purse
A couple of days after I found the orange purse, I found this awesome black leather beauty.
Love the texture of the faux snakeskin.
I spray painted the black hands metallic gold to match the handle.
Just like the orange purse the mechanism is in the pocket inside the black purse, and the zipper is closed so the rest of the purse can be used for treasure or keepsake storage.
They can sit on a dresser, on a shelf, hung on a wall, or on a closet door. Wherever you like really.
TIP: A purse with strong sides would work best for the project, but if you want to try a soft-sided purse it might be a good idea to fill either the pocket of the purse or the whole purse with some kind of stuffing to make it more solid.
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So the next time you see a cool purse at a thrift store for a great price, or you might already have one that you no longer use, make yourself a fun and funky purse clock.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!
P.S. If you enjoyed this project you’ll also love this repurposed purse dresser organizer.