March 2, 2015

DIY Transparent Clutch

For a couple of years now, I've wanted a transparent clutch. I saw one that was bright yellow on a blog, and I knew instantly that I needed something like that in my life. The only problem? All the ones I wanted were really expensive, and I wasn't willing to bust out the cash.


The obvious solution was to figure out a way to make my own.

The problem here is that I have zero patience and skill for following other people's DIY tutorials (or recipes, advice, etc) -- I didn't even bother. I knew I wanted the envelope look and just went for it. My first try was a complete fail..but my second try? Definite win.

In the event you somewhat want to do the same thing, here's what you're going to need:

Clear PVC (I had a big roll of it), scissors, newspaper, a yard stick, a marker, an X-acto knife, pliers, screw-back studs, magnetic closures, glue, and some sort of jewel.

And something to cut on! I used an art board.

First step was to draw out my pattern. I drew a basic rectangle for how big I wanted my clutch to be. Then, I measured out how long the flaps should be and drew lines for those as well. To make sure that the flaps would be even and would have similar angles, I measured a few inches in and drew my diagonal lines on each side.

Then, stick your pattern on the board and X-acto yourself to something you can tape to your PVC and cut around.

Tape the pattern to the PVC and use the X-acto to get clean edges. If you're really particular, you can use the yard stick to make sure that the edges match up with your pattern and are definitely straight. I trusted my gut and went for it.

After you've cut your shape out, fold over all of the edges and make sure it's how you want it. If you want to trim the flaps, go ahead and do so now.

Lift the top flap and look at where you want the studs to sit on the bottom of the clutch. These studs are going to hold your clutch together so that things don't fall out from the bottom while you're out and about! You can see above where I decided to place my studs.

While you have the bottom flap still up, use the X-acto knife to mark where the stud should go -- this will help you push the backs through in the same spot on both sides. 

Once you have the backs through both the side flaps and the bottom flap, screw on the top!

Do the same for the top corners of the bottom flap, and add the base of your magnetic closure to both the bottom flap and the top flap.

Make sure you test them out so that it sits just right.

Once you like where it sits, push the closure ends through the plastic and use the pliers to fold over the pronged backs. 

You see how ugly that back is though? This is where your jewel comes in!

You can use anything you want, really. A bow, a jewel, a figurine. It's up to you! Next time, I want to use legos. 

Anyway, situate your jewel and apply gorilla glue to the back. Use a heavy book to clamp the jewel down to the clutch for 1-2 hours. 

Then you're all set! You have a clutch. From here you can personalize it however you'd like. I left it as is and stuffed it with the closest things I could find.

And that's it! I love this little thing and am excited to use it in the future. I'm also really excited to make some more of these. Sorry my instructions weren't clear -- I'm definitely not a tutorial maker, that's for sure.

Let me know what you think! Do you like the transparent clutch look? 

(Also, if you're wanting to try this out with different shapes, take a look at Pinterest with a bunch of different takes!)

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  1. This is such a great DIY! It looks beautiful!

  2. You're so creative! This would be so perfect for sporting events and what not when you aren't allowed to bring a purse!

  3. I didn't even think about that! Deeefinitely. Best part is you can make it as big or small as you want -- make it into a crossbody, whatever! So easy.

  4. That is just soooo creative! :) Love the output!

  5. Girl, this is such an amazing post. You are so talented! This would be so perfect for so many events I have coming up :)


  6. Ahh, girl, thanks so much <3 I'm all for everyone having one of these -- they're so fun! AND best part, super customizable.

  7. Who knew that could be so easy! May have to go to the craft store!


  8. Right?? So simple! Thanks for stopping by :)


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