Crochet Top: Vintage (From my mom)
High-waisted Shorts: Handmade
American flag clutch: DIY
Shoes: Colin Stuart, $12
Tomorrow's the big day guys... I was planning on getting 17 hours of sleep in preparation of the SAT like I did last Friday but that would have required me to go to sleep at 2 pm... So I decided to edit some pictures instead! This top is my mom's, the shorts are one of the projects I did in my fashion design class last semester, and the shoes are from Victoria's Secret. VS online has really great deals when they have sales on shoes and swimsuits :) Anyways, after the SAT, I'll be doing the photoshoot for a birthday party, and then after that, I get to go volunteer at a crab feed with my school's Interact Club! Did I mention, I LOVE CRAB?! I have a seafood addiction! Especially shrimp, lobster, and abalone. Yum. Well, I will check in with you all later this weekend! Thank you for all the lovely comments! I have many comments to return over the course of the next few days ;) Wish me luck on my test!
And here are the instructions on how to make the paper bag clutch out of only 2 paper shopping bags:
Supplies required: 2 paper shopping bags, masking tape, and scissors.
Optional: paint (I used acrylic because it dries really quickly. For the design I did, you will need red, white, and dark blue paint, but that's kind of obvious :P), paintbrushes, a hot glue gun, studs, fringe, or any other embellishments you would like to add!
DIY Paper Bag Envelope Clutch! (see more)
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Cut off the handles.
Flip the bag to it's side. Cut all the way down from the crease in the middle.
Cut the bottom piece of the bag off completely. You will now have 2 large pieces, and 1 small rectangular piece.
Line both of the bag pieces (ugly side facing towards you) up with the handle parts facing eachother.
With the piece closer to you, scoot it up towards the other piece to the point where it is covering the handle pieces.
Flip the entire thing over to the other side. Now you need to tape that flap down.
Place a strip of double-sided tape down the entire flap on the back and press down.
Tape around all 4 sides of both the rectangular pieces. It will look like this when you are done.
Your bag should look like this now.
Now (please excuse my poorly drawn arrows), fold the bottom third up against the second third.
If you squish the two flaps together, you will start seeing the shape of your clutch take form.
When you are done, it will look like this!
Do the same to the other side. You are now done with the interior of the clutch!
However, this leaves you with another raw edge from the previous cut. Fold this edge under about a half inch.
Flip it over and tape the folded edge down; repeat on the other side. Then tape down the last remaining raw edges.
Now you are done!
Your completed paper bag, envelope clutch will look like this! You can leave it as is or decorate it further like I did :)
Now you can start painting! Just paint red and white stripes all the way up to the top.
Paint only half of the top flap with the dark blue paint.
With more white paint, add some stars to the blue part! Stars are kind of hard for me to paint so if you mess up, just paint over it with more blue after the white dries. I left the back of my clutch plain because I liked the paper bag texture. You can always paint over it if you don't like the way it looks though!
Here is a close-up of how you should prepare the studs.
I attached the studs like this. It's easier to apply the hot glue to the stud and then stick them on, so you can eye the placement more accurately.
With your fringe, apply hot glue down the entire top length.
Flip your clutch over to the other side and stick the fringe on to the bottom!
You are finally done! :D I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions at all and need clarification, feel free to leave me a comment or shoot me a message and I will get back to you! :)