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DIY: How to Make a Rolled-Magazine Clutch

I'm a huge fan of kitschy, unconventional accessories — almost to a fault. From glitter clutches to owl purses, I like pieces that command attention just because someone had the guts to design them into reality. Christopher Kane and Kate Spade are two designers I admire in this department, they are a reminder that the fashion world doesn't have to be serious and highbrow all the time—there is room for a bit of fun and whimsy.

When I first saw Kate Spade's "Charm-Travel Magazine" clutch, I knew I wanted to figure out a way to make it my own with a vintage magazine cover. British Vogue's magazine archives has an incredible library of old covers spanning from the 1800s to today, (Good luck spending less than 20 minutes in there.) Flipping through the decades of beautiful covers, it was fascinating to see how the magazine has grown and evolved over a century. I finally decided on this cover from June 1950, printed it off, and Mod Podged it to a clutch. The entire project took about 30 minutes to complete.

Modeled by my friend Sarah

How to Make the Rolled-Magazine Clutch:

You need:

Step 1: First you need to print off your magazine cover and cut it to fit your clutch. I saved the magazine image to my computer, opened it in a Word document, and sized it to fit the clutch's dimensions. After you've cut out the magazine, brush on a layer of Mod Podge to the clutch. Place the magazine on the clutch. 

Step 2: After you place the paper on the first layer of Mod Podge, take your scissors or a razor blade and trim any excess paper and add another layer of Mod Podge on top. And that's it!

Whether you carry the clutch to a summer wedding or a winter cocktail party, it's a great way to catch the eye and start a conversation with a fellow fashion lover. 

 

 

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