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How to Upgrade a Boring Purse With Easy Embellishments in Just 3 Steps

When it comes to embellishments, we’ve got your back. From jeans to button downs, we’re on a serious mission to embellish anything and everything. We even figured out a way to embellish our hair — no glue necessary. For something a little cooler than the conventional rhinestones and studs, we’ve turned to vintage chandelier crystals. These babies are super cheap at flea markets, and can be found floating around eBay and Etsy too.


Make use of some translucent glass paint and you’ve got yourself an amazingly unique embellishment. We used ours to give a plain old bag a major makeover.

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Materials:

  • — flat purse
  • — chandelier crystals
  • — glass paint
  • — gem pendant (from a necklace)
  • — E6000

Tools:
— paint brush

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Instructions:

1. Apply glass paint to the chandelier crystals. Leave to dry according to the manufacturer’s directions.

2. Bake the crystals in the oven. Again, go by what the manufacturer says!

3. Glue everything to the purse and let dry. Easy? Easy.

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    Glass paint is tackier and thicker than normal acrylic paint. Focus on applying an even coat, filling in as much empty space as possible. Keep in mind that while it looks opaque now, it will dry translucent. Our glass paint (by Americana) required 48 hours of drying time.

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    When you’re ready to bake your crystals, line a metal cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Pop them in the oven and pay close attention to the bottle’s directions. Our paint needed 30 minutes at 200 degrees F.

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    Once everything has cooled down, simply glue the tinted pieces onto your purse. We positioned our chandelier crystals in a fanned shape, topped off with a gorgeous gem pendant.

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Talk about some serious bling.

Readers, what color(s) would you choose for your tinted chandelier crystals? Let us know below.

(Styled photos by Haruka Sakaguchi of The Denizen Co.)

Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*