I鈥檝e been plagued with the ultimate dilemma: I鈥檓 always on the prowl for the perfect clutch but am THE pickiest when it comes to shopping for accessories. With fall well underway, I kicked my search for the right fall accessories into high gear. I just about gave up, until a recent shopping trip when I finally struck gold. Claire V. makes some seriously dreamy leather goods that you can pick up at our favorite shop to sign our paychecks away to, Anthropologie. Enter: the Anthro hack.

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The Claire V. Dotty Pouch is the perfect mix of classic cognac leather and modern graphic print and will set you back a cool $215. Yikes! Instead of shelling out for the real deal, scour your local pocket-friendly thrift shop and tackle this DIY.

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With a little patience and a copper pipe fitting hack you can make your very own graphic painted clutch.

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Materials and Tools:

  • paint brush
  • leather paint (black and white)
  • 1-inch copper pipe fitting (or other cylindrical object)
  • leather clutch

Get your materials together and let鈥檚 get started!

*Maker鈥檚 note: I used a textured leather clutch, but I鈥檇 recommend using a smooth leather clutch. With textured leather, the leather paint seeps into the cracks and can be harder to control!

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Center your first dot along the top edge of the clutch. Starting in the center makes it easier to evenly space the remaining dots (kind of like cutting a sheet cake into even pieces!). Use the copper fitting as a stencil, holding it down firmly and painting inside of the pipe.

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Make four sets of dots, alternating between five and four. Carefully touch up any uneven edges and allow the paint to dry completely.

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To create the graphic drop shadow look of the original Anthro clutch, paint a white dot slightly offset from a black dot using the same copper pipe technique.

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Repeat this with the remaining dots and touch up any messy edges. Allow the clutch to dry overnight before using it.

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This print is versatile enough to store all of your loose art supplies or take with you on a night out with the girls.

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We鈥檝e got a feeling this will be your new favorite bag.

What adventures are you taking your painted clutch on? Show us your project by tagging us on Instagram and using the hashtag #iamcreative!

DIY Production and Styling: Marianne Koo
Photography: Brittany Griffin