Contrary to what most may think, the hardware store is an amazing source for unconventional DIY supplies and materials. If you spend enough time scouring the shelves, you’ll find some hidden gems!
Last year, I came across an enormous roll of metallic, shiny silver aluminum foil tape. This tape is made for applications that require moisture and chemical resistance, or heat & light reflectance. Apparently, for us crafty ladies, it also means an interesting new way to add some shiny bling to basic accessories! For this DIY, I used this heavy duty tape to create a geometric pattern on a plain black clutch.
1. Cut the aluminum foil tape into triangles in your preferred size. My triangles were 1 inch high (2.54 centimeters) and .75 inches wide at the bottom (1.91 centimeters).
2. Carefully peel off the backing from each triangle and adhere to the clutch. Alternate the triangles for an eye-catching, geometric look. Repeat until the first row is completed.
Keep in mind that the foil tape will naturally crinkle once the backing is removed. This adds to the depth and the dimension of the finished product, so don’t worry! Smooth out each triangle a bit with your fingers to eliminate any air bubbles, and you’ll be good to go.
3. Repeat until the entire clutch is covered. Spray with a few healthy coats of clear acrylic sealer and let dry completely.
Personally, I’m in love with mine. This is a great accessory to grab while you’re running errands or going out for lunch — no one will ever believe what you used to make it!
Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez