DIY: Mirror Mirror Clutch

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This is for the ladies who want the fairest clutch of them all! My inspiration for this clutch came from two Kate Spade clutches I saw and Cinderella’s glass slippers.

You’ll Need:

  • One toothpick
  • A hinged box (I used an old one from my transparent clutch days)
  • Several packs of 1.2 cm mirror pieces  and 1/2 inches for the top and sides of your clutch (I ended up using 5 I think)
  • E-6000 glue
  • One handle for the clutch (not pictured but mine came from Hobby Lobby)
  • Silver chrome spray paint

1.  For step one you can drill a hole where you want your handle to go or spray the box first and then drill. My box was already drilled so I sprayed 3 coats to cover the paint that was already on the box. It may be a good idea to spray inside the box as well because the glue will be seen when you open it if you opt not to, if you’re fine with that then do as you like.

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2. You can either glue the pieces down as you go or you can put them all down to make sure they fit and glue them down piece by piece using the toothpick to apply the glue which is what I did. All the mirrors are cut differently so I wanted to make sure they fit where I put them to make sure there’d be less gaps. I bought two mixed bags of mirrors in different sizes and used the next size up on the sides and top of the clutch.

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3. Once you’ve glued everything on then insert your handle. If you have a long handle then you may need to cut it down like I did in my transparent clutch diy.

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You’re finished!!

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What do you think of the clutch?

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Designer DIY Inspiration

1. Grab a plain laptop case and paint to get your laptop traveling on the wild side.

3.1 Philip Lim

3.1 Philip Lim

2. For your little one, buy some sequins and sew them to a tee or cardigan for a festive transformation. This would make a great DIY during the holidays.

J. Crew Girls Cardigan

J. Crew
Girls Cardigan

3. Purchase an old purse from the thrift store then use old jewelry that you no longer wear and glue them to the purse.

Antik Batik

Antik Batik

DIY: Anchors Aweigh

Had to give you all a DIY in time for the holiday and while I saw just the thing while I was browsing the accessories over at BaubleBar.

Navy Bowline Necklace

Navy Bowline Necklace

I loved the navy and white rope tied in what looks like a couple fishermen’s knots. No bling, nothing fancy, nice and simple. It’s not like the people fighting for our continued freedom in the states get to swag out in bling while they’re off at work keeping us safe. Accessories aren’t at their fingertips either so I didn’t want to have a lot going on and the nautical look is a favorite of mine… must have something to do with watching “Popeye” and/or “Pippi Longstocking” when I was younger. Peep the DIY below!

Materials:

  • Rope of any kind. I used a white cording from the trim section in Hobby Lobby
  • Jump rings
  • Charm of your choosing
  • Square cube beads
  • Closures (pictured is a cowrie shell but you’ll see later that I switched to toggle that better fit the direction I was headed.)

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1. The rope trim I used was 5 yards but regardless you want to knot it however you choose making sure that both the left and right side have loops for your jump ring to go on.

2. Once you’ve got the rope the way you want it you can add your charm to the front center.

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3. Take the square cubed beads and place one on each loop to keep them together.

4. Put your jump rings on the loop(s)

5. Add your closure pieces.

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What do you think?

Please remember to take time out to be thankful for those who have fought and continue to fight to keep our country safe. Send prayers up for them and their families because they risk a lot for us and they make that sacrifice. Send a care package, add items to someone else’s package or just say thank you when you pass them in their uniform. It doesn’t cost you anything at all and I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated.

Enjoy your 4th of July!

DIY: Fringed Capelet & The Womanly Curve (TWC)

Good Morning! I have something pretty exciting to share with you today. I am a style contributor over at a new and upcoming women’s online magazine called “The Womanly Curve.” This is where I will most likely be seen sharing my love of DIY projects and inspiring women to DEFINE CHIC for themselves with their own one-of-a-kind creations.

The Womanly Curve’s mission is to bring together women of various backgrounds in order to educate, connect with and impact our communities. You’ll find plenty of other treasures on the site as well and it will keep you in the know about events that you’re more than welcome to attend with the rest of us!

My first contribution is a DIY I had to make happen after I saw this capelet in Sass and Bide’s collection last year. Took me forever to get started but now that I’ve completed it, I’m sharing! Click here to see the post and don’t forget to leave a comment to let me know what you think! Be sure to like The Womanly Curve on Facebook and follow us on Twitter too!  Thanks in advance 🙂

Sass & Bide Fringed Capelet

Upgrade: Malm Dresser

Hey, I hope you all had a beautiful holiday! Today’s post is about Ikea’s Malm Dresser. If you were like me, when you got your first place in college you stopped in at Ikea to see what affordable things you could get. I picked up a dresser in the Malm collection and mine made it through two moves. If you have one, I found a few DIY ideas incase you’d like to give yours a face lift! For tutorials click on the pictures and you’ll be directed to the source.

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White overlays were purchased for this design and they were painted gold before being placed on the dresser. This is something I can see myself trying in the future with furniture I’ll probably purchase from Good Wood, Craigslist or something. Goes with the bohemian theme in my bedroom.

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How unique is this? A nice little greek twist. Now this one pictured is not MALM but if you head over to the site you can learn how to get this look using a MALM dresser.

This next one adds that personal touch. I have this issue with commitment sometimes and that would keep me from doing this because I wouldn’t be able to commit to just one picture. Of course you could probably do a collage but I don’t need big people staring at me ya know? The photos were blown up and put on lightweight paper. There’s a better close up on the website but you can also see here that it doesn’t look awful. Changing the size of photos has a tendency to alter it in one way or another if you don’t do it correctly.

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How many times do I tell you I love fabrics and prints? I LOVE them and that’s why I picked this next project.

There is a padding under the fabric and they were stapled on. What I would I have done differently? Found a way to make the top unique as well. It’s not doing anything for me in this picture but I’m sure some of you love it…. I guess it’s not too bad. You don’t want it to be doing the most.

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Lastly, a good old paint job! Give your Malm dresser knobs too and you’ll have an entirely new piece! What do you think? Have you dressed up any furniture in your house?