Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- Design template
- Colored marker
- White marker
- Window screen
- Beading needle
- Straight edge
- 4- to 6-mm crystal beads
- Glue gun
Window screens are among the most flexible crafting materials you can find. There is no limit to the craft projects you can do with window screens; if you can follow a pattern to cut out a shape, thread beads through a wire or use a hot glue gun, you can make anything from holiday ornaments to wall art to personal accessories with window screens. The instructions provided are to make a window screen purse, but you can adapt these techniques to create other window screen crafts.
Select a design for the outline of your purse and create a template to fit the desired size. Trace the design onto a sheet of paper and cut it out to make your window screen purse template. Enlarge the purse template by 1/2 inch all the way around the perimeter to account for the seams.
Trace the purse template onto a folded section of window screen so that the fold is at the bottom of your purse design. A white marker will show up best on your window screen. Cut out the design. Keep the window screen folded.
Thread your beading needle with 4 feet of black thread. Double the thread and knot it on the end.
Measure and fold back a 1/2-inch strip along the screen on both sides of the top of your purse. Stitch the fold in place with your threaded needle. To stitch window screen, insert the needle in one square of the screen and out the adjacent square. Insert the needle from the side of the screen facing you, as this will be the inside of your purse.
Measure 1/2 inch from the outside edge of each side of your purse. Mark a straight line along the length of each side. Stitch the sides together. Flip the purse inside out.
Stitch beads onto both sides of your purse with thread to match your beads. Sew the beads on the same way you stitched the sides together, just add a bead before you re-insert the needle back into the window screen. You can create and trace a design pattern or cover the entire surface of both sides of your purse.
Cut a strip or two of window screen to make your purse strap. Bead the strap as you like and stitch the ends of the strap onto the inside of your purse.
Turn the purse outside in. Cut a section of fabric to fit from the top edge around both sides to the other top edge. Black satin would blend into the purse, white or cream satin would provide a contrast. Glue the fabric in place along the seams with hot glue. Let the glue dry and flip the purse inside out.
Paint an image on the window screen as an alternative to covering it with beads. Exterior latex paint works best on window screens.
- Paint an image on the window screen as an alternative to covering it with beads. Exterior latex paint works best on window screens.
Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.