DIY: Carrie Diaries Paint Splatter Clutch

Posted by Natalie Tsoh Oxfam Fashion blogger

9th Jul 2014

Ever since I saw young Carrie Bradshaw's personalised paint splatter bag, I knew I had to have it one way or another. I mapped out different ways of completing this DIY in my head, as I wanted to make sure it turned out perfect. I was trawling the internet for a Kelly handbag, similar to Carrie's and found it near impossible to find one with enough space for text, and at the right price. So I turned to a more widely available option, a black clutch bag. I picked up this clutch bag for £7 at a discount store in Manchester and was quite surprised with the quality. Its weight and structure was perfect and came with a long chain so it can be used as a shoulder/cross body bag as well as a clutch.






- Newspaper or large plastic sheet/bag
- Bag
- Tape
- Acrylic paint
- Paint palette or mixing tool
- Paint brush
- X-acto knife
- Cutting board
- Printer
- Paper
- Sponge
- Sharpie
- Q-Tips
- Nail polish remover
- Blue Tack



Step by Step




Step One: Prepare your workspace and lay out newspaper or a large sheet of plastic. You can use bin liners for this too. Make sure you cover a large space, you will be throwing paint so there is a possibility it will travel far and possibly stain object nearby.




Step Two: Tape any accents you don't want to cover in paint. In this case, there is chain detailing surrounding the bag that I don't want the paint to hit so I've taped it, front and back.




Step Three: Decide which colours to splatter across your chosen bag. I chose to do the same colours as the original but added the option of a blue. Mix this on a palette to get your desired shades. Make sure you mix enough to make a decent amount of splatters across the bag. The reason I have chosen acrylic paint instead of using nail polish is because acrylic is longer-lasting. Nail polish in renowned for chipping which means it will eventually chip and fade.





Step Four: Scoop a good amount of your chosen colour onto a spatula or a paint brush of your choice and throw it towards the bag in random directions making sure your the path of the throw does not reach past the covered area or you'll get red paint on your new cushion like I did! After you have finished, you must wait for the paint to dry fully before continuing, this may require you to wait overnight depending on how thick the paint splatters are.





Step Five: You can choose to paint your name free-hand if you're confident enough but if you're anything like me, it may be better to use a stencil. To do this, create a Word document and type your name in a large cursive font, I downloaded (Learning Curve[http://www.dafont.com/learning-curve.font]) from (DaFont.com[http://www.dafont.com/]), made it bold and printed it out landscape.





Step Six:  Lay your printed name on top of a cutting board and using an x-acto knife, slowly cut out your name. Don't forget to cut out and keep the spaces inside letters, so the shapes within letter A's, E's, etc...




Step Seven:  Lightly tape the stencil cut out onto the bag and blue tack the letter cut outs in place. Mix the desired colour for your name and using a sponge, lightly dab the paint over the stencil evenly. Do about 2 or 3 layers of paint, leaving a few minutes to dry a little in between. On the last layer, make sure to do really light dabs to reduce the amount of bumps in the paint which is caused by the pores from the sponge.





Step Eight:  Take the stencil off and clean off the edges with a q-tip dipped in nail polish remover. Sharpen the edges with the use of a thin brush dipped in the same colour paint as the name. To sharpen the lines even further, use a black Sharpie and go around any rough edges.


And Voilà!



If you want to perfect this clutch even further, continue the pattern onto the back and under the flap. I absolutely adore this bag and I must admit. This is one of my greatest DIYs. This is a perfect way to upcycle and personalise and old bag and would make a fantastic present to someone who is a fan of Sex and The City and/or Carrie Diaries. So if you need a summer project this could be perfect, to spice up your wardrobe before school/college/university starts. I think an at-home DIY is the way to go personally, as this project only cost me £8.50! Check out the Oxfam shop for bags to customize!

Blog post written by Natalie Tsoh

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