We love just about every Enid Collins purse we’ve seen.They show up at the flea market and consignment shops occasionally! And they are fabulous! We saw this one at the Alameda Antique Faire.
These fun and funky purses from the sixties can cost $100, even at the flea market! They are often painted wood purses with gems. Look for the “ec” signature before you shell out too much! We hope to find a good deal on one someday. Until then, we made our own Enid Collins purse! Here’s how we did it.
Unfinished wood purse
Acrylic craft paint: Copper, Turquoise, White
Acrylic sealant, clear
Copper enamel paint pen
2 Oval gems
5 Round rhinestones
3 Star gems
1 Copper round rhinestone
2 small screw on D-ring hooks (We got these at the hardware store.)
White grosgrain ribbon, 1″ wide
1. Paint the wooden purse and the wooden beads copper. Let dry.
2. Choose a design or draw your own. We picked a purse called Money Tree and drew our version of it freehand on the wooden purse with a pencil. You could also print a design to trace onto the purse.
3. For the Money Tree purse, we painted the bird and the leaves turquoise and the branch white. Let the colors dry. Then trace all the shapes with the copper enamel paint pen.
4. Erase any pencil marks. Then seal the purse with clear sealant.
5. Use the E6000 to glue the gems onto the design. In the original Money Tree purse, she used coins instead of gems for some of the decorations. Cute! But we went with all gems.
6. Attach the D-rings to the top of the purse.
7. Tie a length of ribbon to to the D-rings to act as a handle.
Do you collect Enid Collins purses? Would you ever carry one? We love how ours turned out.
Jennifer & Kitty
We love getting Pinned!