I've been in love with all of the cute clutches and handbags that I've seen this spring. From the pinstripes to the never-ending variety of polka-dots, I've wanted to buy them all. Unfortunately, I often times find them a bit pricey for something that I think is so seasonally trendy. Don't get me wrong- I will spend good money on bags, however I tend to purchase classic pieces that can be used year after year. However, I can't help wanting a bright colored polka-dotted clutch this season, as they are so much fun and add a cute touch to any basic outfit. My solution? I decided to make my own. I completed my clutch for less than $20, and I think you can also. Please continue reading for simple steps to complete you own DIY clutch for spring/summer.
Things you need: a basic clutch that has a nice smooth surface that will allow painting. If you are a more advanced artist, go for a rougher surface! I purchased this clutch from Gap about a month ago. I love the bright yellow color of it. It was originally $30, but I got it when they were having a 40% off the store sale, so I saved a lot. There are a lot of places where you can get a basic clutch cheaply. Ebay even has many sellers who sell cute-colored clutches for $6-12 dollars a piece.
You will also need paint & paintbrushes. I used acrylic paint on my bag, but you can also purchase craft paint at places such as Jo-Ann Fabrics & Michaels for around $1 a color. You will also need a few different sized brushes. I would recommend purchasing one of the variety packs of brushes that they sell at craft stores for around $3-4 dollars (for about 5 brushes), unless you plan to do more art projects and then you may want to invest a bit more and buy nicer brushes. You can buy nicer-end brushes for around $8-$10/brush, however for this project you just need the cheap ones.
So, let's begin!
Step 1. Start with a plain bag or clutch. I got this one for under $20!
Step 2. Gather your tools. I used two different shades of blue paint & white paint. I also used three sizes of brushes. You can use things like stencils on your bag such as the ones shown above.
Step 3. Decide the main theme of your bag. I chose polka-dots and decided to use the cap of a tube of paint to create the circles.
Step 4. Place the circles randomly throughout. I chose random placement because if I would have tried to get things perfect, I would have went insane.
(An image of the paint cap next to a circle)
Step 5. Cover the entire bag.
Step 6. Shade circles (choose circles at random). I chose not to completely shade the circles, to give a more artistic look.
Step 7. Add the second layer of paint. I used a lighter blue and added a bit more shading over the circles that I had previously chosen to shade.
Step 8. Add in white paint to top off your circle. This gives the circle a finished touch.
Each circle will be completely different and they will not be perfect, which is ok! Perfect is boring!
And now it's finished!
Add to an outfit for a fun spring touch!
Thanks for looking! I hope you are all inspired to create your own clutch!