DIY: Chain Strap Swarovski Embellished PVC Clutch

CLEARBAG_2You might be able to tell (from here and here) that I’m really into clear pieces right now.  And so is everyone else.  It’s modern, chic, and PVC + lucite just look so good with crystals and embellishment.  I’ve seen so many incredible DIY PVC clutches throughout the blogsophere (most notably by Aimee, here and here) but after seeing this pin and this Shourouk bag, I wanted something with a chain strap.  When constructing my bag, I copied the way the grommets lay on my Chanel bag, which I love – that way, the bag can be worn with the chain long or doubled up.


Materials/Where to buy:  Clear clutch (you could make this but Etsy has so many good ones) // Grommet Kit // Four 1/2 inch Grommets // Assorted Swarovski Crystals // E6000 Glue // About 36 inches of brass curb chain // Pliers // Jump Ring // Hammer


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Top & Bottom photos by Lydia Hudgens

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  1. Hitha says 4.4.13

    This is incredible, Grace! I’m about to buy all those components to make my own.

  2. This came out really well! I love your crystal designs– so pretty!

  3. Liz Schneider says 4.4.13

    Amazing, Grace!

  4. Rachel says 4.4.13

    This is amazing! You just keep coming up with better ideas each week!

  5. ALISON says 4.4.13

    This looks fabulous! Love how you added all of the crystals on the exterior to make it even more pretty. Great job!

  6. casie says 4.4.13

    AMAZING. Gosh you’re always so creative! Love this.

  7. This is such a fun DIY! I like yours better then Shourouk’s!

  8. Raquel says 4.4.13

    So cool Grace!! I’ll have to try this.

  9. Novella - says 4.4.13

    Sooo pretty!
    I love it, plus it seems quite easy 😉
    A Fashion & DIY Blog…

  10. viv says 4.4.13

    Unreal! It looks so good!! You’re so talented!

  11. Tiffany says 4.4.13

    This is friggen spectacular. I loved your acrylic clutch DIY previously, and I LOVE this one too. Fantastic Job!

  12. alyson says 4.4.13

    Gorgeous! One of my favorites… the chain is so good on this, and the embellishments also take the focus a bit away from what’s inside so it’s a good balance. Love it, Grace.

  13. Fabi says 4.4.13

    What is the measurement of the chain?

    Brass Curb Chain – 0.062″
    Brass Curb Chain – 0.094″
    Brass Curb Chain – 0.129″


    • Grace Atwood says 4.4.13

      I’d use a larger size… the .129″

  14. Chelsea says 4.4.13

    Love this bag! You were so clever with the strap. The toughest thing I encounter when following DIY or creating at home is sourcing really pretty chain. Suggestions? xo

    • Chelsea says 4.4.13

      Bahaha. Just clicked on the link and found chains, chains and more chains. Oops. Thanks! and sorry!

  15. Kristina says 4.4.13

    This turned out so pretty, I love the crystals you added!

    Kristina does the Internets

  16. Lila&Sirena says 4.4.13

    This looks so edgy and cool without spending a fortune, congrats!

    Check out our Embellished Clutch here:

    We love wallet friendly cute bags =)


  17. Robyn says 4.4.13

    Love this!! So cute.

  18. Gaby says 4.4.13

    Crazy good!

  19. Stefanie // Life on the Squares says 4.4.13

    Grace, you are too good! This is awesome!!

    XO, Stefanie
    Life on the Squares

  20. Amanda says 4.4.13

    That is one of the cutest bags I have ever seen. I need one.

  21. Jessica Estrada says 4.4.13

    This is WAY too cute. I’ll definitely be making this soon. Thanks for sharing!

  22. Illumine says 4.4.13

    Looks amazing! Leave it to you to pull this off!

  23. Emma Finlayson says 4.4.13

    This is so awesome. Pinning this so I can make myself one, but I may use paint for splatter effect rather than crystals for more of a rocker look!

  24. Fabi says 4.4.13

    Thank you!! 🙂

  25. Noemi says 4.4.13

    So beautiful, the Shourouk bag is so beautiful but too expensive.

  26. Erica says 4.4.13

    LOVE it!! Totally trying this. Thanks, Grace! xx

  27. Amazing job, Grace! I love your version more so than the inspiration pieces. Beautifully done!
    Smart n Snazzy

  28. Chelsea says 4.4.13

    I’m OBSESSED with the embellishments! You’re so crafty Grace.

    Chelsea & The City
    It’s the last day to enter my eShakti giveaway!


  30. Denysia Yu says 4.4.13

    Great DIY! 😀

  31. Dana says 4.4.13

    So fun!

  32. Monique says 4.5.13

    OMG I just LOVE this DIY!

  33. Alexandra says 4.5.13

    Love it!!!! really cute!!!

  34. Daisy says 4.8.13

    this is amazing! love the bronze / gold hardware against the clear clutch!

  35. Kelly Ly says 4.23.13

    If you’re ever hiring anyone to just come out and hang out and make stuff…send me an application! haha, i love this purse!

    Off Kelly’s Hanger

  36. Great job Grace and it looks so easy as well!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  37. jen ramos says 5.10.13

    such a cool DIY! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  38. Malena says 6.14.13
  39. Jessica gabbys says 8.22.13

    That is one awesome clutch bag, i bought a bag like this from

  40. grace altier says 1.7.14

    How do I get the instructions to make the clear bag

  41. Choua says 11.11.14

    Will you make more and sell?! Please!

    • Grace Atwood says 11.11.14

      Haha no, I’m sorry! But you should try making one!