DIY

DIY Valentino-Inspired Studded Leather Clutch

I am becoming quite the proponent of upcycling… and studs… on everything! So after finding this black leather bag at my local Goodwill, I was inspired to create my own take on the Valentino RockStud Clutch. I searched high and low in my local craft stores and could not find studs. As it turns out, flatback beads and super glue work just as well, and it’s even easier to make! Just make sure the glue says that it works with leather.

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Materials: Black Leather Clutch (Here is an affordable option), Studs, Scotch Super Glue Gel

And here is a Michaels coupon for 40% off the materials!

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I simply laid out the beads about a half inch from the edge of the clutch and began to glue. Keep in mind that a little glue goes a long way! If you put too much on the back of the bead, it will ooze out of the sides and dry white. No bueno. I would recommend using a q-tip to dot the glue on your bead before attaching it to the bag. Stud three sides like me or four like Valentino and voila! You’ve jazzed up a boring bag 🙂

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How To: Fabric-Covered Corkboard Jewelry Organizer

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Materials: Corkboard (Goodwill, $2.50) Spray Adhesive, Fabric, Tacks (Hobby Lobby)

I originally created this fabric-covered corkboard as an inspiration board for my office. Since moving to a new apartment and changing the decor of my living area, I felt that this board could be best used for displaying jewelry in my bedroom. I have a perfectly fine jewelry box, but if I can’t see my jewelry, I won’t wear it. All of the materials together cost about $15 and the project took about an hour.

Here’s how to create your own DIY jewelry organizer:

  1. Start by ironing your fabric to get all of the wrinkles out.
  2. Spray the corkboard with spray adhesive and lay the fabric over it. Make sure to smooth out any air bubbles.
  3. Spray the excess fabric with spray adhesive and fold it over the back of the corkboard as if you were wrapping a present.
  4. Following the line of the frame, stick flat head tacks into the board to create the faux nailhead look. My thumbs started hurting during this part so I used a hammer.
  5. Stick larger tacks into the body of the board however you would like your jewelry arranged. I just lined mine about three inches from the top of the board and about two inches apart.

Voila! You have your very own customized jewelry display!

xoxoCortney

Glass Bottle Jewelry Holders

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Out of sight, out of mind? Do you ever find yourself not wearing your jewelry because it’s not displayed? These bottles will solve that problem! Now my bracelets and watches are easy to see and organized. Not to mention an attractive table top decoration! Have fresh flowers? Stick them in the bottles too. I picked these bottles up at my local Ross for between $2.99 and $3.99!

xoxoCortney