[The DIY Files] all boxed up for the night.

Like many of the 20-something American women out there, I have a disease called ‘I Can Make That’-tis. Even though my skill sets may be nowhere in the same ballpark as what’s needed to make something I can more-easily buy… I would much rather make it. It REALLY becomes a problem when I see a high-end item, or a runway trend, and the wheels begin turning in my head. That’s where The DIY Files come to the rescue.

Hot Glue crisis… AVERTED!


gold on the outside. gold on the inside.

I usually have the sickly obsession of carrying around way-too-many things in my way-too-large bag, which ends up becoming cluttered in a matter of days of using the new handbag. I, myself, am on the larger side so I’ve become almost paranoid when it comes to carrying a smaller bag, cross-body, or :GASP!: a CLUTCH.

I’ve been thinking of creating a clutch for some time now — especially when coming to the realization that I actually LOVE some of the newer prints and fabrics designers have been using. Also, my lug-worthy shoulder bags are beginning to become weights for strength-training. Yikes.

I went with a box clutch instead of another type of carrying case because a) it would require the least amount of sewing, and b)you can really take it up to any level with the adornments and attachments.


Materials you’ll need for ‘dis leetle project are:

  • plain pine wooden box (usually found in the craft section at Michaels or Hobby Lobby)
  • medium grain sand paper
  • faux leather Contact paper (see the material used in this project here)
  • E6000 glue (some of the tackiness of the Contact paper may not be sufficient to adhere to the wooden surface of the box)
  • gold metallic paint
  • sponge brush
  • textured elements (the wooden lace filigree coasters I found at Micheal’s were only $1 and came as a pack of 3 units!)

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Items in hand, here’s to making your own black-and-gold box clutch!

1. Taking the sand paper, lightly sand down and smooth out the inside areas and outside of the box. Make sure the edges don’t have splinters or pieces of the pine breaking off. Otherwise, you won’t be able to cleanly and tightly wrap the Contact paper on.

2. Once the box is sanded and clean, take a small amount of the metallic paint and brush it onto the areas where you will NOT be covering with the Contact paper. Here, I decided to give the clutch a gold trim on the inner lid and the inner bottom.

3. For a BOLD and SHINY metallic look, I recommend painting two coats of the paint, waiting an hour between coats. You can go wild since the perfection part doesn’t come in… yet.

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4. NOW, its time for measuring and cutting out the box pattern CAREFULLY*. Placing the bottom of the box, center it so there is more than double the length of each side available (once to wrap on the outer wall of the side, once for the inner part of the same wall).

I basically marked with [/] brackets the corners of the box, moved it with each side flat on the Contact paper, then measured again. ALSO, the grid lines are a huge help if you just count those!


x’s and oh’s…


shifting the box.

5. Once the corners and edges are marked, you should begin peeling parts of the wax backing off the sticky side of the Contact paper one part at a time. I recommend you begin with the portion covering the lid — peel away the wax backing, cut the excess, and fold the faux leather from the inside out.

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*side note: I just realized how many of my projects require the utmost care and precision. And this coming from a class A klutz. HA!

6. Slowly peel parts of the sides and back until the entire box is completely covered.


side view.


voila, black box.

7. Now that the box is covered with the faux leather textured paper, you can begin embellishing. Taking one of your textured items (i.e. the filigree wood coaster) and paint a thin layer of the gold on a single surface of the item. Stamp the embellishment, paint-side down to create prints on the faux leather.

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8. You can stamp the pattern however you’d like — I ran the pattern randomly around the vertical sides of the clutch, and kept the sides blank.


9. Reattach the metal closures/hardware once all of the paint has dried.


reattached the same hardware the box came with.

10. Finish off any remnants of the faux leather covering with the E6000 glue to ensure clean lines.

…and now you can plan a night out to take this box clutch out for a spin!

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I have this cuckoo idea to get an electric drill and attach a chain to turn the box clutch into a cross-body box clutch.

In the meantime, there’s another project from The DIY Files coming soon…




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