DIY Chandelier Crystal Clutch

I deeply regret missing out on scoring Mawi‘s new glitter clutches on Moda Operandi last month . . . honestly, DOH! Any of the sparkly numbers would have been the perfect compliment to many holiday ensembles. Determined to recreate it, I found some brilliantly colored chandelier crystals that would do just the trick. Add some glitter, Mod Podge, a zip pouch and voila, you’re ready to celebrate 2012 in your new glitter clutch!

You’ll need:

Start by pouring Mod Podge into a plastic container. Then pour about the same amount of glitter into the same container. I like to use a 1:1 ratio. Mixing glitter with Mod Podge prevents the glitter from flaking and falling off.

Mix the glitter mixture. If you want to keep the backside plain, use painter’s tape to tape off one side of the clutch. Be sure to get the tape into all the nooks and crannies.

Apply a generous layer of glitter to the front side. Allow to dry completely before adding a second layer.

Wait until the Mod Podge dries completely clear before applying the crystals. Squeeze a dollop of glue either directly along the backside of the chandelier crystals or use a toothpick for a better application.

Arrange the crystals in a row, fanning them out from the center. Apply the larger pre-set crystals above the pattern.

Add any additional accoutrements to the clutch and allow to dry for at least 24 hours.

Small enough for the essentials and just big enough for substantial bling!

(all images by HonestlyWTF, J.Crew Felted Wool Skirt)

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106 Comments

  1. Fisayo wrote:

    This is beautiful.

    11.20.12
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  2. Stand Out wrote:

    This is the best DIY I’ve ever seen!
    You’re great!!!

    I’ll try to make it

    DIY project also on my Blog
    http://standoutfashionblog.blogspot.it/

    11.20.12
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  3. Love it!
    Wanna try this asap!!! It seems easy!

    9lla.it
    fashion – beauty – DIYs

    11.20.12
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  4. lici wrote:

    That is what I would call sparkly! Very nice DIY…

    lg, lici

    11.20.12
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  5. Jeline wrote:

    This is just fantastic ♥

    thedamselinadress.blogspot.com

    11.20.12
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  6. Amrita wrote:

    This is so beautiful! I’m gonna try it out right away! I love all of the DIYs.
    Recently I did the beaded friendship bracelet and it looks Great!!!

    11.20.12
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  7. dorylyn wrote:

    I love this!

    11.20.12
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  8. Veva wrote:

    Great result!
    kisses

    MY WHITE IDEA

    11.20.12
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  9. Denisa wrote:

    Really amazing. I love it and would like to try. Nice day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

    11.20.12
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  10. Alessandra wrote:

    just wonderful!!!!
    xxx Ale

    11.20.12
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  11. Kelly wrote:

    Where am I able to get a zip clutch like that? What stores have it?

    11.20.12
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  12. ¡Sin duda lo vamos a intentar! Es impresionante el clutch!

    http://sialsiquiero.wordpress.com/

    11.20.12
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  13. wow!! genius!!! love this DIY!!! xo, Alma
    http://www.soulofashopper.com

    11.20.12
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  14. I really love yours diy!!! This is fantastic and so beautiful

    http://www.thestelstyle.com

    11.20.12
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  15. I love it! Does the glitter concoction stay on there? I’d be afraid of it peeling off!

    11.20.12
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  16. This is so FUN! Love it.

    11.20.12
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  17. Love glitter!!!

    Check out this other clutch! I’m sorry it’s in Spanish though, but you can get the important!
    http://nevereverglam.com/no-encuentras-el-clutch-a-tu-medida-turn-it-glam/

    11.20.12
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  18. this is so cute! i need to try, would be great for new years.

    http://www.dragonnfruit.com

    11.20.12
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  19. Jerrell wrote:

    Love this! So perfect for a holiday party!

    11.20.12
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  20. Need one!!! Love it!
    NY in http://cravingforbarneys.com

    11.20.12
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  21. candles wrote:

    Absolutely yes. Thanks a lot for sharing this with is. Love it!

    11.20.12
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  22. brilliant!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

    11.20.12
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  23. Luana wrote:

    Amazing!!!!
    I’m posting accessories from Los Angeles on my blog!
    Take a look!

    http://www.thegavlaks.com

    11.20.12
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  24. Nadja wrote:

    awesome result!! hope the glitter stays long on your clutch!!

    http://www.violetfleur.com

    11.20.12
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  25. shawn gareau wrote:

    looks great amd i will be trying this out. my question is what and why do you tape the purse….i’m not sure i get that. a response would be great. thanks

    11.20.12
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    • Erica wrote:

      @Shawn, the purse was taped so just the front side of the clutch would be glittered. I left the backside unembellished.

      11.20.12
  26. EmerJa wrote:

    WOW!! Really love this DIY:)

    http://www.emerjadesign.com

    11.20.12
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  27. You’re always so creative I love this clutch! Would go perfect for my outfit for New Years.

    Kristina Wilde

    http://kristinawilde.blogspot.com

    11.20.12
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  28. Xeana wrote:

    Wonderful idea!

    From http://www.xeanafashion.com

    11.20.12
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  29. Shannon wrote:

    LOVING ALL THOSE CLUTCHES!!

    http://www.gbofashion.com

    11.20.12
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  30. mmar wrote:
    11.20.12
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  31. Sophie wrote:

    such a good idea!! will have to try

    http://scattergirll.blogspot.com

    11.20.12
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  32. vanessa wrote:

    i love it!!!!!! is a great DIY

    http://ferneva.blogspot.com

    11.20.12
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  34. Jenny wrote:

    So pretty! Fantastic tip about mixing the glitter in with the modge podge… Love it!!!

    11.20.12
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  35. Votre Amie wrote:

    That is some seriously fab, innovative stuff right there!!! I cannot wait to give this a go on one of my plain jane clutches!
    x
    http://www.iloveublank.blogspot.com

    11.20.12
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  36. cathy wrote:

    This is sooo amazing, I love the bigger crystals on the bag. (:
    x
    Win a Gold Peter Pan Collar Necklace here!
    http://onceuponasprinkle.blogspot.com/2012/11/giveaway-win-gold-peter-pan-necklace.html
    x
    Check out my recent outfit post:
    http://onceuponasprinkle.blogspot.com/2012/11/mind-games.html

    11.20.12
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  37. Tara wrote:

    Wow! I would have never thought of this!
    http://www.facebook.com/ClosetUpgrade

    11.20.12
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  38. Anamika wrote:

    Holy Guacamole!! This is just Amazing! okay, I’m gonna start making one NOW! :)))

    11.20.12
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  39. Wow, that looks JUST LIKE the Mawi version…love it!

    Check out my giveaway…I think you’ll really like it! (coughcoughmawicoughcough)
    http://ttylusa.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/1000th-post-giveaway/

    xx
    Maria Nichole

    11.20.12
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  40. HeadTilt wrote:

    Thats a great DIY! The clutch looks fab, inspiring it is 🙂

    11.20.12
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  41. Kelly wrote:

    I would love to make this handbag, but if I would of try to made it …. I’m afraid pieces would fall off lol

    xo
    Kelly

    http://www.theluxurycloset.com

    11.20.12
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  42. Glam (cheap) clutch!

    11.21.12
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  43. Nadja wrote:

    Looks cool! I should try that too!:)

    http://nadjann.blogspot.com

    11.21.12
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  44. Claudia wrote:

    Wow, I did not know you could do that with mod podge! Have to try it some time!

    11.21.12
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  45. Astrid wrote:

    So Happy your did it, I also suggested it a weekend ago! 🙂

    http://rueterral.blogspot.fr/2012/11/diy-inspiration.html

    11.21.12
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  46. Charlotte wrote:

    Love your blog and love this DIY 😀

    11.21.12
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  47. Stella wrote:

    Awesome. Love it 🙂

    11.21.12
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  48. It’s so beautiful, I will try it out!

    http://www.deluxefashionista.com

    11.21.12
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  49. bintostyle wrote:

    The clutch is so gorgeous I really like this DIY I want to l try it out !
    http://bintostyle.com

    11.21.12
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  50. Kait wrote:

    Wait what?! This is AWESOME. Glitter and crystals and clutches galore! What more could a girl ask for?!

    http://www.whenwewander.blogspot.com

    11.21.12
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  51. Floortje wrote:

    WOw love this!!

    11.21.12
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  52. Trisori wrote:

    This is a brilliant DIY. Definitely worth a try!

    11.21.12
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  53. Valentina wrote:
    11.21.12
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  54. Jaypea wrote:

    Love it….

    11.21.12
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  55. it’s beautiful i love it !

    11.21.12
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  56. thanks a lot love it !

    11.21.12
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  57. PAssion of sisters wrote:

    Wow that’s awesome ! check out my blog http://passionofsisters.blogspot.com/

    11.22.12
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  58. Love it!!!

    11.23.12
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  59. Katelyn wrote:

    This is such a gorgeous D.I.Y. project, I love it! It would make a perfect holiday gift too because you can mix up the colors and designs for each one. Thank you for the wonderful idea! -Katelyn

    11.24.12
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  60. this is beyond beautiful what a great idea. do the beads hold?

    Collections

    11.25.12
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  61. Katie wrote:

    Thank you for sharing:)

    http://www.ccchinachic.com/

    11.26.12
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  62. S wrote:

    Hi , if I used a colored glitter would the color be prevalent, or would I have to match the color the the glitter ??

    11.27.12
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  63. carolina wrote:

    omg! i love it !!!!!!

    11.28.12
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  64. Cristi wrote:

    love love love

    12.3.12
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  65. evangeline wrote:

    amazing! great idea
    I just started outfit posts, check out my blog-
    http://evangelinesallegory.blogspot.com.au/

    1.12.13
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  66. jerina wrote:

    quick question…how do you prevent the mod podged glitter form pealing off?

    1.17.13
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  67. ZGarba wrote:

    totally creative, will try it out..

    3.20.13
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  68. Great work!

    We embellished a clutch like this: http://lilasirena.blogspot.mx/2013/03/diy-embellished-clutch.html

    Greetings from Mexico,
    Lila&Sirena

    lilasirena.blogpost.com

    3.27.13
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  69. CovetCo wrote:

    So pretty!!

    5.29.13
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  70. Annika wrote:

    i had the same idea 🙂 but the one i made is green.. but it looks exactely like yours.. scary..

    7.2.13
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  71. Lisa wrote:

    Hi Erica

    Thank you for choosing our Store for your project. We have added additional product and we would love for you to use more of our products for your DIY project…..Ill wait to hear from you…..chandelier crystals

    Thank you

    9.8.13
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  72. Nicoleta wrote:

    Gorgeous clutch, love it

    12.28.13
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  73. Allie wrote:

    Wow love this idea 🙂
    http://purseandpumps.blogspot.ie/

    8.17.14
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  74. Susan wrote:

    That is a very bling bling clutch bag, love this DIY idea to make my own clutch. Maybe you can find more crystal clutches at http://www.baginstore.com/.

    2.1.16
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  75. DivaNoor wrote:

    This is a very interesting article!

    Thank you!

    4.28.17
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