• Purse.  Patent leather worked great for me, but you can Mod Podge virtually any smooth surface.  Take it easy on yourself and look for a purse with simple lines and lots of flat surface area.
  • Acrylic paint.  I used Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Carrot and Pond.
  • Mod Podge.  I used matte finish.
  • Paint brush.  I used the same 1cm wide flat brush for paint and Mod Podge.
  • Sponge.  I cut a strip off the sponge in my kitchen sink.
  • Lace.  I used some 4 inch wide flat lace.
  • Strips of fabric or ribbon.  I used some bright orange bias tape.
  • Scissors.  I used some itty-bitty sharp scissors I stole from my husband’s dopp kit.
Here’s what I started with.  A classic white patent leather clutch.  I picked it up at the Salvation Army Thrift Store for a mere $.95.  It is 18 inches long with a metal frame.  The closure is brass.  The lining is a dark navy blue with a zippered pocket.

I prepped my purse for decoupaging by wiping it down with a damp cloth.  Then I removed any oils or residues with rubbing alcohol.


The lace I wanted to use was a pale blue.  It was pretty, but lacked the pow factor I was looking for.  I painted the lace with Pond on some freezer paper and hung it up to dry.


Next, I used my brush (not shown) and painted two coats of Carrot on the border of the lace.  Then I used my little sponge to feather some more color onto the edges.


To add the lace I painted Mod Podge over the top of it to adhere it to the purse.  Being so porous, the Mod Podge soaked right through the lace.  I adjusted and straightened the lace to my satisfaction as it dried.  For the bias tape strips, I painted a layer on the back of them first and then stuck them onto the purse.  Then I painted another layer of Mod Podge on the top side.  I fiddled with them until they were as straight and evenly spaced I wanted them.


I trimmed up the excess lace and bias tape with some tiny sharp scissors.   While the Mod Podge was still slightly wet, I trimmed the lace and bias tape and pressed them down along the edges.  That way all the edges fully and smoothly adhered to the curved surface of the purse.  If you’re not careful and diligent during this step, you could end up with a rough edge that will snag and scratch things.
The last step is to let it dry completely.  And that was it.  Easy right?  The above photo is pretty large.  Click on it if you’d like to see the purse up close.  I’m thinking about painting just the handle blue or orange.