Giggles and Glue Guns

DIY Hand-Painted Purses

Do you have a lot of purses? I do! I posted about sprucing up purses before using scarves and chain here. This DIY is all about hand-painting whatever design you want to bring your purse to the next level. You don’t have to be a skilled artist to do this project, just use masking tape to paint stripes or embellish the detail that already exists on the bag – like I did in the video with the tassels. Get creative!

What You Need:

  • An old purse that needs sprucing
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush(s)
  • Acetone (nail polish remover with acetone)
  • Cotton balls
  • Bowl of water
  • Paint tray or aluminum foil instead
  • Optional: brooch, buckles, buttons and needle and thread to attach them


  1. Prep the area you want to paint with some acetone on a cotton ball.
  2. Paint your design – you can also mix a little bit of acetone with your paint if you want to make sure the paint sticks well to the leather or faux leather. You may need to do two or even three coats of paint to get the desired look.
  3. Let the paint dry – usually around 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Optional: fasten a brooch or sew a buckle or button to spruce even more!

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