Easy DIY Studded Clutch with Darby Smart

There are a couple of things that make a DIY project attractive to me:
1. The finished product promises to be beautiful.
2. The project is easy to do.

If a project meets both these requirements, it’s a no-brainer that I’ll try it at least once. Darby Smart is a company that completely gets my DIY habit. They make ready-made boxes filled with all the materials you need to complete a specific craft. I received one of these kits as a Klout perk, and though I couldn’t choose which one I received, I couldn’t be happier with it.


My kit contained a fabulous, if plain, oversized cobalt blue faux leather clutch, ready and waiting for embellishment. What?! I don’t think there could’ve been a more perfect box for me.

You’ll Need/Get:


  • Plain clutch
  • Pyramid studs
  • Fabric Glue

The “making” process was pretty simple. I first laid out my studs on top of the clutch to decide how I wanted to place them. It took a bit of trial and error to figure out a pattern that worked for me, but I eventually decided to embellish one corner. Then, because I had a few studs left, I laid out a small line in the opposite corner.


Having laid out my studs, I used a bit of fabric glue to attach them in place. I initially started off putting the glue on the stud, then trying to lay it down, but that got messy quickly. Instead, I put a small dot of glue on the clutch, then laid the stud on top of it. This proved a much more effective technique.


The last step is letting it dry, because it needs to sit for 12-24 hours. I was initially skeptical about whether the fabric glue would work at all, because I could still move the studs around even a few minutes after putting them on the glue. But left overnight, I woke up to a clutch with strongly attached studs. I have no worries that they’ll fall off. And even if they do, I still have a whole bottle of fabric glue left, so I can reattach it.


Darby Smart is the perfect concept for a serial crafter like me. I will make anything once, but I rarely repeat my projects. I’d LOVE to receive one of these kits as a gift, and I can think of more than a few people to whom I could give one.

There are boxes for everything from jewelry to bags, housewares and more. This is one of those ideas I wish I’d come up with first! I will absolutely be stalking the Darby Smart website for new boxes, and if I’m feeling particularly crafty, I may even try to become a box designer!

What do you think of the Darby Smart concept? Would you try a box?

Also, speaking of gifts, this year’s Green Gift Guide over at Green Your Decor is ready and rearing to go, so if you’re looking for eco-friendly or handmade gift ideas, head over there and check it out! I’ll be adding more ideas throughout the season.

Disclosure: I received a Darby Smart DIY kit as a Klout perk. However, I was not required to write about it or paid to do so. I just really love this product! As usual, all opinions are my own.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!

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