Anthropologie Hack: Dotty Pouch

  Clare V. Dotty Pouch   So as you might have guessed from all my "Outfits of the Day" posts, I LOVE Anthropologie. However, ...

 Clare V. Dotty Pouch 
So as you might have guessed from all my "Outfits of the Day" posts, I LOVE Anthropologie. However, a girl can't spend her entire paycheck on pretty, shiny things. I mean, I could, but that's not a very adult thing to do. So I like to do the occasional "Anthro Hack"-a DIY project that copies Anthropologies' adorable, but simple pieces for a fraction of the cost. For example, the Clare V. Dotty Pouch is extremely cute, but at $215 I think I'd rather make my own. 

 Ipsy Bag
Enter... Ipsy bag makeover! 

Materials
 Materials:

  • Pouch/Clutch
  • Paint (Black & White) 
  • Paint Brush
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Circle Stencil (or use a lipstick cap like me, as a hack if you don't want to buy a stencil)
  • Optional: Skinny Graphic Scarf

Step 1
Use your pen/pencil to outline your stencil in a polka dot style pattern across all the bag. If you're a stickler for exactness, get a ruler and measure it out. If you're like me, just eyeball it and believe in yourself! ;) Next stencil the secondary circle to the lower, right adjacent. Plan out how many rows fit well on your bag-depending on its size and the size of your stencil/lipstick top. I liked 3x6 for mine.

Note: I stenciled each row with both circles before moving on to the next. If I did it again I would have drawn the primary or "white" circles first in a polka dot pattern, then drawn the secondary or "black" circles to fill it in. It would have been easier to get it precise, in my opinion.

Step 2
Start painting the black semi-circles. If your bag is textured you may need more than one layer of paint to get into the grooves.

Step 3
Let the black paint dry and clean up the edges and any stray pen marks.

Step 4
Paint the first layer for the white circles. Go with a thin first layer, in case it picks up any of your pen/pencil pigment. You can cover that up easily with the second layer.

Step 5
Paint your final layer of white. Clean up any errant paint or pen/pencil marks and let dry. 

Final Results
Now Step 5 could have been the final look. However, I wanted to make it my own and have a clutch handle. So I added a graphic, skinny black and white striped scarf with a bow to the zipper. To me, this really "pops" and feeds my inner girly-girl. You can choose to add a leather strap or a forgo a bow if you'd rather go minimal maiden than graphic girly.

Total Cost: Free! (I just used what I already had on hand).

If you don't have the paint supplies and bag you could probably still do the total project for under ~$20.

Have you ever tried a "hack" before? Did it come out as you expected (or was it a hilarious disaster)? 

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12 Comments

  1. So cool! Such an awesome hack!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! Have you ever tried a "hack" before? Did it come out as you expected (or was it a hilarious disaster)?

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  2. Your DIY clutch looks fantastic and it looks fun to make. I find that when I conquer DIY projects like this one, I really enjoy the item more than I think I would with the expensive original.

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    1. Thank you so much Ivanna! I like to think about the time and creativity that went into making my DIYs when I use them and it's a wonderful memory. I feel especially proud when I get complimented on them in public. It's like a fun secret I have that I made it. It makes it that much more enjoyable.

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  3. Glad to see your being an adult and I love your DIY on your purse.

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    1. Haha, yeah...Adulting isn't always fun, HOWEVER, this turned out to be a very fun adult decision alternative. Thanks Candace!

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  4. You did an amazing job!!! I love this tutorial :)

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  5. This is such a cute and simple DIY!

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    1. Thanks Dia! Do you like to try DIYs? Hope this is simple and fun if you try it!

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  6. Oh wow! HOW creative are you!! Love this! :)

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    1. Thanks Gigi! Do you ever do any DIYs other than in the kitchen? With your creativity I'd imagine it would either turn out wonderfully or at least be a hilarious journey! :D

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