Sunday, 20 July 2014

diy | Book Clutch

I first came across this idea when I spotted the Kate Spade Book Clutches online. However, at $300+, it was no price I was going to pay (especially since I don't even read books!). So, as you do, I ventured online. Several blogs including Le Fanciulle and Runway DIY had tried the diy book clutch, and it was here that I grabbed my inspiration.

My best friend from high school loves books, novels, the classics, so I thought this would be a perfect give for her. Before I thought of making this for her, I mentioned the idea to her and she seemed displeased about the idea of cutting up a book (little does she know, i've ruined her favourite book too!). I did it anyway and i'm quite happy with the result.

Here is my process, but as you can see by a search online, there are numerous methods out there. Give it a go!

Equipment you will need
A hardcover novel (I got mine from a secondhand bookshop) | Clasp (from your local hardware store) | Gold paint | 
| paint brush | Mod Podge (or any sealant glue) | Stanley knife | pencil and ruler

1. Separate the pages where you want the clutch to open
Seal all the pages together with a few thin layers of sealer
Place clutch in between two heavy books to ensure it dries flat

2. On the open page, mark a 2cm border all around. This is where you will cut

3. Slowly cut the pages away until you have reached the end

4. Seal the inside for more strength

5. Paint outer edges with gold paint for a more antique feel
6. Mark where your clasp is going to be placed

7. Glue and pin clasp in correct place

I wrote a little personal message to Sarah so it will be something she can keep forever (as a book or a clutch).

Hope you enjoyed looking at my first diy project on this blog. Hopefully in the future I can include more diys or fun little projects I do.

xx Kat

1 comment:

  1. This is such a great idea, think that I'm going to make one and surprise my sister :) Thanks for the DIY!