DIY Neon Stripe Clutch, Yep I attempted this!

OK, call me crazy but yesterday at nap time I decided I was going to tackle a DIY.   I am usually so not a DIY person,  but you see I was inspired.   I saw the adorable Emily of “Cupcakes and Cashmere” on the Today Show this week, and she was talking about painting purses.  And then I remembered this Claire Vivier Stripped Clutch that I love.

It was enough to get my wheels spinning and believe I could recreate this.  I have a ton of old clutches from my grandmother and from an eBay phase where I went a little vintage clutch crazy.  I chose this clutch because I don’t carry it often and figured if I did ruin it, oh well.  You could totally go to Goodwill or look on EBay and find a similar clutch for cheap.

My only piece of advice is if you buy Clutch look for a smooth one, mine proved to be a little more difficult to paint because of the gathered leather.  It was hard to get the stripe super straight.

The next part is easy, pick a color and go to town painting.  This was a no brainer for me, I knew I wanted to do Hot Pink.   Use painters tape and tape off how wide you want your stripe.

I am not sure the best type of paint to use on leather.  I used acrylic paint, because I had it on hand and it worked just fine.   I started this project during nap time and finished by dinner,  super easy.  I took me about 4 coats of paint to get an even look.  I let each layer of paint dry completely before I painted another layer.  This way you don’t get clumps of paint.  Mine dried quickly, I would say I waited about 30 minutes between each layer.

I am pretty darn pleased with the end result.  Might just have to carry my new beauty this weekend!

Next, I  plan to get crazy and attempt to do three stripes + a monogram.  Wish me luck!


  1. September 13, 2012 / 11:20 am

    First of all, I am SO PROUD of you for attempting a DIY!!! And you rocked it out on your first attempt. This looks awesome. Kinda makes me want to look through all my old bags to see if I can neon stripe one up.

  2. September 13, 2012 / 11:49 am

    I saw her on the today show too and thought this might be something I could do!

    Your clutch turned out really cute, great job

  3. September 13, 2012 / 1:23 pm

    Well done Love bug!!! And hell yeah my abs hurt this morning too, loved it though πŸ˜‰

  4. September 13, 2012 / 1:44 pm

    Great job!! I might have to attempt this DIY!

  5. September 13, 2012 / 2:51 pm

    I saw her on the Today show too! And you did an AWESOME job! Honestly…it looks amazing! Totally going to see if I have an old clutch that needs some spicing up!

  6. September 13, 2012 / 4:43 pm

    I am so not a DIY'er too, but seeing this makes me think I might be able to do it as well. Love the one with three stripes and the monogram. I think I pinned it on pinterest!

  7. September 13, 2012 / 6:12 pm

    Dude. Girl you totally nailed this look. I love it and how simple!

  8. September 13, 2012 / 7:47 pm

    Super cute!! What would you use to do the initials on the monogram one? Just a stencil?

  9. September 13, 2012 / 8:00 pm

    Look at you! All crafty! Ha! Love the addition of a DIY project to your blog!

    PS. My local SPCA is making a cookbook for a fundraiser. I gave them your blog for recipes :-). You have some super duper recipes πŸ™‚

  10. September 14, 2012 / 12:08 am

    Love the way it turned out! I have pondered doing this but never attempted. Glad to know it worked out so well! Love the hot pink!

  11. September 14, 2012 / 1:28 am

    MUST do this diy!! American Apparel has some great solid leather clutches that would be perfect for this!

  12. September 14, 2012 / 12:07 pm

    These are really great cluches with nice color patterns. They are simple yet look elegance.

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