DIY Fashion

Weekend DIY: Pretty Up Your Old Purse With This Rad Tutorial

Sure, there are plenty of ways to beautify a weary, worn in purse, but (call us picky if you must) we aren’t exactly sold on the add-a-scarf-and-it’s-new-again spiel. However, when we saw this super-creative DIY (brought to us by the savvy gals over at HelloGiggles), we were ready to pull our old clutches out from hiding, and give them a makeover pronto!

We definitely dig a good DIY around here, so this has us pretty jazzed. And it’s beyond easy, too. All you need: some acrylic paints, acetone, and masking tape. Then prep and paint your purse, and voilà — a hand-painted, salvaged satchel à la Clare Vivier.

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What You Need:

  • An old purse that needs sprucing
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush(s)
  • Acetone (nail polish remover with acetone)
  • Cotton balls
  • Bowl of water
  • Paint tray or aluminum foil instead
  • Optional: brooch, buckles, buttons and needle and thread to attach them


  1. Prep the area you want to paint with some acetone on a cotton ball.
  2. Paint your design – you can also mix a little bit of acetone with your paint if you want to make sure the paint sticks well to the leather or faux leather. You may need to do two or even three coats of paint to get the desired look.
  3. Let the paint dry – usually around 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Optional: fasten a brooch or sew a buckle or button to spruce even more!

If the pictures above does not aid you to the best ability you are not out of luck yet they were kind enough to do a tutorial video to walk you through the steps.

To see the tutorial video CLICK HERE


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