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DIY Tutorial: Transparent Clutch


DIY transparent clutch

I don’t know why, but I’m just in love with the transparent trend. For a while, I kept seeing tutorials for transparent clutches, and although I craved them so badly, I could never find the right materials for this DIY. However, on one faithful day,  I stumbled across a pencil box with the perfect dimensions and the perfect industrial feel that I wanted for this project.

Keep reading to learn how to transform a plain pencil box into a fabulous and on-trend transparent clutch.


Materials DIY Transparent Bag

  • Clear box (mine is actually a $10 locking pencil box from CVS!)
  • Heavy-duty chains
  • Standard pliers
  • E-6000 (or another industrial strength glue/super glue)
  • Miscellaneous gems
  • Thick, *non-adjustable* ring bases

Step One

Step One DIY Transparent Bag

Start by clearing your pencil box of any extraneous goods (price-tag stickers, mesh pockets, etc…). Use a product like Goo-Gone for sticker residue and the like.

Step Two

Step Two DIY Transparent Bag

From your shoulder, measure how far down you want your bag to hang. Multiply this length by four, then measure that number out on your chain. To “cut” the chain, simply pry open the rings using pliers (see this gif for help).

Step Three

Step Three DIY Transparent Bag

Glue two ring bases on top of the clutch, so that the rings are “upside down.”

Step Four

Step Four DIY Transparent Bag

Take your chain and loop it through the ring bases.

Step Five

Step Five DIY Transparent Bag

Connect the ends of the chain together by looping the chain ends together, then close them by “squeezing” together the chain end.

Step Six

Step Six DIY Transparent Bag

Pull and shift the chain so it looks like a strap.

Step Seven

Step Seven DIY Transparent Clutch

This last step is optional, but if you want to add some glitz and glam to the clutch, super glue gems onto the sides of the bag. (My gems were conveniently the same width as the sides!)

The Finished Project:

Finale DIY Transparent Bag

I decided to wear this bag with a grey pencil skirt, an emerald green statement coat, layered tights, and these DIY embellished shoes. Inside my bag are my three essentials: my wallet, phone, and keys.

Feedback please:

What do you think about the transparency fashion trend? Would you do this DIY? Are there any other DIYs you would like to see the tutorials for? Let me know in the comments!

Posted on on November 22, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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10 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Transparent Clutch”

  1. 1
    November 22nd, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Interesting! I’ve never seen a transparent clutch/bag before!
    Not sure if it’s something I would try out just yet, but it certainly looks like a neat DIY project.

  2. 2
    November 22nd, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Not a fan. I don’t really need people stopping me asking me for gum every five minutes because they see it in my bag lol

  3. 3
    November 22nd, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Sounds like a good idea :) Although I am a complete DIY newbe I should probably give this a go! However I am not sure whether they sell pencil boxes like the one needed here in Germany…:(

  4. 4
    November 22nd, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Adorable! Love this

  5. 5
    November 22nd, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I absolutely love this!! I like the clear bags that look like they’re made out of that vinyl sort of material but I love how industrial and kitschy this one is. Can’t wait to make it when I’m on winter break!

  6. 6
    November 22nd, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Hey everyone! Thanks for the lovely comments, they really made me smile :)

    @Laura: The clear trend isn’t as “mainstream” as others, so that might be why you haven’t seen it? I first saw it at a Chanel fashion show (I forgot which one).

    @Jaz: Haha! This made me laugh. That’s why sometimes I carry a small pretty makeup box in my clear bags (I have like, 8) to store more incognito items like gum ;D

    @Keki: Hmm, if you can’t find clear pencil boxes like these, you can always purchase a (simpler) clear case from The Container Store (link here: I checked, and they DO ship to Germany :)

    @Zoe: Thank you dear :3

    @Sara Jane: Glad you liked it! I also have those clear vinyl bags because quite honestly, I may be addicted. Good luck with the DIY!

  7. 7
    November 23rd, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Gloria, for your clutch DIY! (I’ve ordered one, and can’t wait to try it! Just need to find the perfect fabric ;) )

  8. 8
    November 23rd, 2013 at 10:58 am

    @Marianne: Oooo very cool, good luck with your DIY!

  9. 9
    December 5th, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    where did you get your ring bases? Having a tough time finding them. Thanks in advance.

  10. 10
    December 5th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    @KE: I got my ring bases at my local Jo-Ann Fabrics craft store, but you can also try Michaels.

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