Absinthe Bottle Purse
I originally made this purse as an accessory for my Green Fairy Halloween costume from 2007. I wanted to carry a bottle of “ABSINTHE” to go with the costume, but I wanted it to be functional. So I designed a plastic bottle purse. Problem solved! However, the purse was such a hit (more that the costume LOL) that I have used it many times. It’s always a great conversation starter and the perfect “unique” handbag.
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The first thing I did was empty the contents of the plastic bottle. Using an exacto knife I then carefully cut away the bottom of the bottle, right under the label. VERY IMPORTANT! Do not remove the labels. You will be using them to attach artwork at a later point. Discard the removed plastic bottom.
Next I took off the twist top and cut a hole through it. The I cut a piece of ribbon approx 40 – 42” long. Must be long enough to pass through the bottle, plus an additional 12” for the wrist strap. Then I took the ribbon spool and yanked off the rest of the ribbon. The empty ribbon spool is going to serve as your removable purse bottom to the bottle. I think wrapped it with matching green paper and covered it with clear tape so it can resist water. I then cut a small slit in the middle of the paper covered spool in the center, where the existing spool hole is at. I put a cut piece of straw in the center and used a glue gun to tightly secure it in place.
Up to this point you have 4 main pieces of the purse. You should have a plastic bottle with no bottom, a twist off lid with a hole in the center, a green piece of ribbon, and a green paper covered Offray ribbon spool with a piece of straw in the center. Now we assemble the purse.
Twist the lid onto the bottle and secure it in place with glue gun. Next take the square of gold paper and drape it over the lid and bottle. It is used to resemble a gold foil top like you see on champagne bottles. Use clear tape to tightly secure it in place around the neck of the bottle and glue stick to glue down the folds in the paper. Punch a hole through the paper where the hole in the lid is.
Take the ribbon and thread one bead on it, placing it in the middle of the ribbon. Take both ends and thread it through a second bead. The beads are important to A) keeping the bottle purse closed and B) preventing your ribbon from sliding through the bottle. Once you have the two beads on the ribbon, feed both ends of the ribbon through the lid, down through the bottle. Pull it snug until the bottle is flush with the 2 beads.
Basically this purse works on a pully system. The weight of the contents will kept it closed and your wrist strap will be used to pull the bottom shut or release for access.
Then take one end of the ribbon and feed it through the straw in the spool bottom, through 1 hole of the button, back through the other hole of the button and back through the straw in the spool. Pull it leaving about a 5 inch piece of ribbon.
Then tie it into a knot to the other end of the ribbon, also leaving an equally as long 5” piece of ribbon. Fidget with the ribbon until the knot is flush to the spool straw INSIDE the bottle. Slowly Pull the beads at the top of the lid until the bottom is pulled up until it is flush to the bottom of the bottle. The 5” piece will hang out of the bottom of the bottle along the edge between the spool and the bottle. This is going to be the tab to pull the bottom off so you can access the “purse”. Pull the beads at the top to close the purse, pull the ribbon tabs at the bottom to open the purse! Now let’s make this bad boy look like Absinthe.
I googled images for “Absinthe Label” looking for a vintage or unique label to put on the bottle. Using Photoshop I created a new document to the measurements of the circumference of the bottle by the height of the label. I cut and paste the googled label into the document and resized it to fit.
I also looked for a smaller “ABSINTHE” Label to cover up the smaller Pellegrino Bottle label and lastly made a skinnier band labels that read “La Fee Verte” (French for The Green Fairy) to go around the neck of the bottle. I used glue stick to attack it to the current Pellegrino labels and then wrapped the labels in clear tape, making it water resistant.
And Voila! You have an Absinthe Bottle Purse! It will hold a great deal of contents such as ID, Cash, a Fan, Lipstick, and a small compact. All the necessities! And the best part is you can stand the purse/bottle upright when at a bar or what not and it will look like any old Absinthe Bottle and really impress those around you!