April 9th, 2012


DIY Lucite Clutch

Lucite clutches were all over every street style blog after this past fashion week.  (I pinned a few of my favorites, here.)  I knew of course, that I needed to have one… but if you break down the components, a lucite clutch actually looks quite similar to the acrylic boxes sold in home goods stores to store bathroom necessities and such.  All you need is some fun hardware, to dress it up however you please.  I was feeling floral, but the sky’s the limit in terms of what you can do with it.

You’ll need:

Start by using your bolt cutters to cut the metal stem off of your drawer pull.  Get as close as you possibly can to the base of the pull.

Apply a large dollop of your E600 glue to the base of the pull…

And adhere the pull to the box.  (If you aren’t sure that you can eyeball it, measure the center of the box.)  Press firmly for about 30 seconds, and allow to dry overnight (preferably outdoors or in a well-ventilated space.)


Next, glue on your catch…

And your clutch is complete!  To give a neater look, I recommend putting your essentials in a pouch inside the clutch… no need to show the world everything inside your bag!

P.S.  I did a little Mara Hoffman inspired DIY project for Refinery 29.  Check it out here!

44 Responses to DIY Lucite Clutch

  1. Natasha Fatah April 9, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    Ridiculously genius!

  2. Tereza April 9, 2012 at 7:18 am #

    This clutch s really cool, I love it so so much.

    P.S. Enter my awesome international giveawayhttp://drastic-plastic-fantastic-plastic.blogspot.com/2012/04/easter-international-giveaway.html

  3. AvgGirlsGuide April 9, 2012 at 7:37 am #

    So smart!!! Love the flower you selected, too! 

  4. Natalie April 9, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    wow such a good idea!! love this!! http://www.fashionifancy.com

  5. My Dressy Ways April 9, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    I love it Grace! 

  6. Becca Atwood April 9, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Really cool! One of my favorite DIY projects.

  7. Liz {Sequins & Stripes} April 9, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Your creative mind is amazing! I would never have thought about the details of this, but it came out perfectly!

  8. kuti April 9, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    waow coool.. nice idea.. i love that clutch <3


  9. Denise Atwood April 9, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    love it!!!

  10. Julia Rosinus April 9, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Um I NEED to make this — and I actually think I could!! Loving your DIYs as usual and can’t wait to catch up over coffee today! xo

  11. Jasmine // Web Haute Jas April 9, 2012 at 10:18 am #

    truely amazing! i love this!!!

  12. Jen@redsolesandredwine April 9, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Amazing, i love this!

  13. Erika Nolan April 9, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    So adorable…must do it!  Love it..

  14. RealGirlGlam April 9, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    So creative… and simple! Love the look of the little bag inside!

  15. Sarah Sequins April 9, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Cute! I’d love to do a painted one — I’ve heard that if you heat-set acrylic paint on plexi, it’s pretty durable. :)

  16. helenazurow April 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Love it! It´s so much fun to create clutches but to be honest, I rarely have the chance to use them in my daily life XD still, this doesn´t stop me from DIYing them lol

    just diyed a versace ss2012 inspired shell clutch, this is my blog

    btw, your blog is such an inspiration, looking forward to all future projects :)

  17. Megan Zietz April 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    i love this, i’d def. try this.

  18. Alexa April 9, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    OMG Grace that is amazing. Looks so professional!

  19. Laura Bergin April 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

    Wow that’s gorgeous! I love the flower!

    Laura xo

  20. nancy @ adore to adorn April 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    what a great idea! You definitely made that feel accessible and easy! BTW, loved your feature on R29…congrats!

  21. Sarah April 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Ahhh this is soo cool! I agree that it needs to have a little bag (or SOMETHING not see through) inside though… I can think of a million reasons as to why but I think they’re pretty obvious.

  22. cherylpisha April 9, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    This is fantastic!!!  I will be trying it for sure.  Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  23. Bettina April 9, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Wow Grace, this one was so out of the box, I’ve never seen a DIY quite like this one. Love it! Even without using it as a clutch, adding the hardware makes it an even prettier case to store pretty things! 

  24. Frankie hearts fashion April 9, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    How fun is this?! Love the flower on top! xo

  25. Hira Ahmad April 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    This is SUPER AWESOME!

  26. Tamra Sanford April 9, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    I learned 2 fab things from this post, lucite clutches are the it bag and how to make them!  Man, I really need to crawl out of my work hole and walk around.  Loving me some lucite!

  27. Paige April 10, 2012 at 7:01 am #

    This is really great! i love it! 

  28. BmoreLoveLeigh April 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    This is absolutely incredible.  I need to make this stat!!

  29. so anthro April 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    Literally obsessed. Cannot wait to make this. Amazing job Grace!!

  30. Jordan - Queen of LA April 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    so cool. i love the idea of putting all your stuff inside a little makeup bag – its two bags in one!

  31. Rengurl October 18, 2012 at 6:35 pm #

    when Lucite clutches were popular in the 40’s, women would line them with scarves that matched their outfit!

  32. Tiffany November 7, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    Wow. I just came to this tutorial from Luella and June. I am obsessed with this DIY! It’s toooooooo good. I’ve been drooling over those way out of my budget lucite clutches for ever! Thank you so much for this.

  33. Chic 'n Cheap Living March 5, 2013 at 9:12 am #

    You just plain rock. Brilliant and easy DIY. I’m going to have to try this soon!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  34. Jessie Springer March 5, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I’m ordering the supplies for this project today! I just hope mine turns out as great as yours!



  35. Cathleen March 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    I made this, and I love it! Thanks for the DIY.

  36. Emily May 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    Grace, I gave this clutch a try and am so pleased with how it turned out! Thank you for the directions! I’d love it if you would check out mine: http://www.flyover-fashion.com/diy-lucite-clutch/



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