Thursday, May 17, 2012

DIY Hime Gyaru Handbag


I've already made post about decorating handbags (in fact, it was my very first post), but it was poorly done and wasn't very helpful or specific >< So consider this as kind of a...supplement (?) to that post.

Start with a plain handbag. I purchased this one from the thrift store for about $3.

There's no way that I could make a list of things needed for this tutorial, just look at this picture X) Besides, most of my decorations are improvisational. There's never a real plan. The picture above is composed of all the things that I gathered as possible things to use. I didn't use all of them, they're just examples >_>


I mixed a little bit of pink acrylic paint with white paint to create a very light baby pink color.


I then used the mixed paint to cover the largest areas of the handbag. I also used white paint to reinforce the accent flap of the bag~


Using a super cheap (it was literally like $0.88) broken pearl necklace, I created a trim for the flap.


Add a pretty lacy trim to the underside of the flap so that it is visible from the outside, but no one can see where or how it was attached.


Time for flowers of course ^^~ they're a necessity.


It still looked a bit empty, so I added a large bow to the top of the bag and a small ribbon bow to the bottom. On top of the small ribbon bow, I added a Victorian button piece. On the underside of the handbag I attached more lace trimming.


Lastly, I used smaller rose pieces as the trim for the upper flap. This part took so long >< I had to snip the flowers from the bouquet, then hot glue them to hold their shapes (otherwise they would unravel), and then glue each one to the bag.

Well, this has been a long (and pic-heavy) post. I hope that you guys are somewhat inspired to try something like this <333 ^^


See original handbag decorating tutorial here. 

24 comments:

  1. The bag looks really really nice! Now I'm in the mood to diy something too^^
    I LOVE your blog. Don't stop posting please! I'm so happy that I found you^^

    http://e2xli.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks a lot Elli, your blog is equally cool =P

      And thanks a lot, I try to post often but I rarely manage once a week XP you do a fantastic job posting frequently ^^

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  2. Hello! I love this post and I will try to do this too! Tank you! I let you know when it's done!^^

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    1. Awesome!! You can email me pictures when you finish or post on your blog :)

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  3. aigoo kawaii~ :3
    you always make everything more cute and kawaii~ <3

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    1. Thanks, but it's only because I'm too cheap to buy anything that is already cute X)

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    1. Yup yup, they look good on everything :)

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  5. This turned out great and it's so cute! Totally got me inspired!

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    1. Thanks! <33 :)
      I hope you'll try it :P

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  6. simply beautiful, where did u get d large white rose. thanks

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    1. Thanks ^^~ you can get fake flowers at most craft stores :)

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    2. thanku, will go hunting for some. pls don't stop blogging :)

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  7. Good job! I think it's cheap but very kawaii and cute! I love this!

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    1. Thanks a lot~ I'm generally in favor of "cheap" anything x)

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  8. This is so adorable!! Definitely trying this out! Also what kind of glue did you use? Is hot glue gun okay on leather?
    Thanks :3

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    1. A hot glue gun would be fine for temporary bondage, but if you intend to use it outside (especially in the rain) I recommend eventually reinforcing it with something like E-6000. I use E-6000 for everything ^^

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  9. So lovely! It totally inspires me, but I don't think I'll be able to create such an adorable one too soon. ^^

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    1. I promise that it's much easier than you probably think :)

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  10. Oh my gosh, you are sooo talented! I will be making these!!! <3 <3 I most definitely subscribed to your page I love your blog!!!!

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  11. This is such a great idea! I really want to do this, only a more sweet-gyaru bag. Subbed.

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  12. Saw this in tumblr and homg I love it!!
    Can I ask. you use acrylic paint right. does it come off or anything?

    http://mychocolatewaffle.blogspot.com/

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