Make an Upcycled Handbag With These 3 Unique Designs

8 materials
$15
1 Hour
Easy


I want to show you this amazing thrift flip! You won’t believe how easy and fun it is to do an upcycled handbag. I’ll show you how you can upcycle old handbags by simply adding a few magic touches. The transformation is incredible, too. Whether you have a bunch of old bags lying around or found a cute bag at a thrift store, you can jazz them up easily. Here are three incredible upcycled handbag inspirations.

Tools and materials:

  • Old handbag
  • Paint
  • Flowers
  • Pearls
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Glue gun
  • Glue
Upcycle old handbags

Flower power

Glue on some cute and colorful flowers on the front pack of your handbag. Here, I opted for stunning pastel colors that really complement the neutral tan bag. First, lay the flowers out so you can switch and place them the way you want. Then, using a glue gun, glue the back of each flower and carefully place them down on the upcycled handbag. Finally, leave to dry.

Upcycled canvas handbags

Now, you seriously have your flower power game on! Isn’t this just a beautiful transformation? It’s feminine and just perfect. It’s amazing how a simple trick can make upcycled leather handbags look fantastic.

Upcycled leather handbags

Pearly delight

So, I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love pearl embellishments. Here, I grabbed a couple of maroon, pink, and purple-toned pearls and glued them on this cute suede backpack. For starters, place the pearls to see where you’d like them to be located. I really like using a mix of sizes to give the bag an exciting edge. Nex, stick each pearl to the front part of the bag with glue.

Upcycled eco-friendly handbags

Look how amazing this turned out! Just a few pearls, and we have ourselves an amazing upcycled handbag. The pearls definitely take this backpack to the next level.

DIY upcycled handbags

Retro chic!

This style requires more of your drawing skills. Here, I drew some snazzy designs on my plain black purse. First, I practiced on some paper, and when I was happy with the designs, I then drew them on the handbag with a marker. Afterward, I traced the lines of the designs with luminous paint, which really gave the bag a pop of colorful delight. I did this slowly and carefully, making sure not to smudge the outlines. Also, give the paint ample time to dry.

This is a simple, retro look. I love how the luminous green seriously stands out against the black backdrop. It’s funky yet still holds a touch of elegance!


There you have it, three stunning designs of upcycled eco-friendly handbags that put the life back into these old handbags. What’s your favorite design? I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you took some inspiration from it. Before discarding your old handbags, consider giving them a nifty revamp!

Suggested materials:

  • Old handbag
  • Paint
  • Flowers
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