I’ve been wanting to try my hand at a wearable diy project, so I sewed this intricately sequined sweatshirt. Just kidding, it’s from Forever 21—and it’s pretty much a dead ringer for this designer version (and Georgie May Jagger‘s pout). What I did do myself, however, was monogram the heck out of this clutch.
After indulging in a little bargain retail therapy last week, I left Forever 21 not only with this sparkling sweatshirt, but with this bright red clutch for the sweet, sweet price of $12.
Everyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I love monograms, and I’ve had my eye on this GiGi New York bag for awhile now. So I figured this inexpensive clutch was the perfect canvas on which to try my monogramming skills. It was super easy, and I love the way it turned out.
HERE’S HOW I DID IT:
1. Print out your initials in black ink on regular printer paper (I printed mine in a few different sizes to see which I liked best).
2. Place a strip of thick washi tape over the printed initials.
3. Turn the paper over and cut out the letters with an X-Acto knife, being careful to be extra precise.
4. When all the letters are cut out, carefully peel off the washi tape. This is your stencil.
5. Center the washi tape stencil on your clutch and smooth it down. Go over it a few times, pressing firmly down in order to prevent bleeding.
6. I used this paint in gold leaf, but something like this should also do the trick. I painted one coat, allowed it to dry and painted a second coat. Use enough paint to get in all the nooks and crannies but don’t glob it on too thick or you run the risk of bleeding.
7. Let the paint dry for at least and hour and then peel off the washi tape. Voilà!
I’m already planning my next monogram project, and at the risk of sounding lippy: you should too!