DIY: From Drab to Fab

After learning about all the incredible things we can do with our old eyewear (Read here:, I was inspired to create something chic and memorable from my used eyewear case.

Since I’ve always been a fan of Alexander McQueen’s clutches, I thought why not give that a try! So, here is my take on a designer clutch. ☺


  1. Fabric paint – Black paint for the base and silver paint for the design.
  2. Paint brushes – Two flat tip brushes (a medium sized one and a smaller one).
  3. Stencils
  4. Sticker stones/crystals
  5. Super glue
  6. And of course, the most important thing – an old/used eyewear case.

Note: Before you start, place a cardboard or newspaper underneath your table to avoid getting paint on it.

Step 1: Place the case like I have done in the picture, so that you don’t get any paint on your hands.

Step 2: With the bigger brush, start painting the case. Make sure that the first layer of paint is light and thin. Leave it on for a few hours or until it is about 80% dry.

Step 3: After the first layer has dried, start painting the second layer. Keep it light and thin. Once you are done, let it dry naturally. Do not use a hair dryer to quicken the process. There may be tiny spots that you might have missed out on while painting, but don’t do the touch-ups yet. Keep that for later.

Step 4: For my DIY clutch, I’ve used the stone from an old ring. Using super glue, stick the stone right on top in the middle of the case. Let it dry completely.

Step 5: Now, this is the tricky part. Handling the stencil will be tough if the surface is not completely flat. So, when you’re placing the stencil down on the case, make sure you grip it firmly from the sides.

Step 6: Once you have positioned the stencil, you can start painting the designs on the case, using the smaller brush. I decided not to use the whole stencil. The partial design will become the outline for the final process.

Step 7: After the stencil outline is done, you can start bedazzling the case with sticker stones and crystals. Voila! It’s time to sit back and admire the transformation of your old eyewear case into something incredibly lovely.

So, there it is — my very own Alexander McQueen-inspired DIY clutch. I simply can’t wait to flaunt it at that party coming up on the weekend. Why don’t you give it a try too?


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