DIY: Studded clutch

I spotted a stud tutorial over on I Spy DIY awhile back and had it in my head that I could do that! My only problem was finding the right materials. I kept going to the craft stores thinking I’d find what I needed; when in truth, I should have just taken Jenni’s, from I Spy DIY, shopping advice. I finally did and scored everything I needed from M&J Trimming.

When I started this project, I had plans for something funky, but as it turns out I ordered the wrong color hotfix nailhead and decided that instead of fussing over a return, I’d find a way to use them as a test run for future projects.

Is my final product conservative and simple? Yes, absolutely. Do I still love it? Without a doubt!

It gave a renewed purpose to a worn out accessory that I bought for 2 euros at a neighborhood sale in the Netherlands back in 2007 – how could I not be pleased?

Pictured below:

  • 1 old loved envelope clutch
  • Black hotfix nailheads from M&J
  • E-6000 glue (with the tip for easy application)


I also made good use of some jewelry pliers, as I discovered I do not have nimble fingers.

To get started, I laid out my clutch (flap open) and started to apply the nailheads on the back, placing them with the jewelry pliers:


I continued all the way around the front and applied close to 100 nailheads. The project itself took me just under an hour once I found my groove. And voila, an updated studded clutch:


*Note: Jenni recommends you let your project dry overnight. Seems logical. Plus, that means it’ll be more than ready for a night out on Saturday!



  doranyc wrote @

Great job!

  zigzagmags wrote @

thanks! always good to be creative, even if it’s just something simple.

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