DIY Silver Leaf Bag

by Courtney Lyons


I created this blog as a way of positively sharing personal style with the world. As cliché as this may sound, I have always used clothing as a way to reflect who I am on the inside. Unfortunately, to many people, fashion can seem frivolous. Admittedly, the fashion industry is something that revolves around material items. However, it is also an industry that revolves around immense creativity. People are quick to assume that because I have a fashion blog, my parents give me money to buy exorbitant amounts of clothing. And while I am fortunate enough to live a comfortable life, my family is in no position to spend that kind of money.  Most of my clothing comes from thrift shops, my grandma's closet, and things I make myself. One of my ultimate goals in life is to promote inclusivity within the fashion industry. I am a firm believer that you should not have to wear expensive designer clothing to be respected in the fashion industry. No one should ever be limited by the amount of money they have. Because of this I am constantly thinking outside of the box for ways incorporate unique, designer-like looks without breaking the bank.

I was visiting my friend in Denver two weeks ago when we decided to go thrift shopping. Browsing the racks of Buffalo Exchange, I came across a medium-sized red leather bag. The bag had seen better days; the leather was old and the color was fading. Despite this, I fell in love with the shape of the bag and decided to purchase it for a grand total of $15.00.

I knew that something had to be done to revamp the bag. Inspired by another DIY project that I did on some picture frames, I decided to cover the bag in metallic silver leaf. The results came out great and I decided to make this easy DIY! 

Things you will need:

  • A bag 
  • Adhesive Spray (I used this brand)
  • Silver leaf  (I use this brand)

Step One: Create Your Work Space

Because you will be using adhesive glue, you're going to need to set up a work space that is either outside or in a large room so that the air can circulate. Next, you're going to want to place down either old newspapers or cardboard boxes so that the glue doesn't get on your floor. 

 

 

Step Two: Spray the Bag With The Glue

Spray one side of the bag and let it dry for 5 minutes. 

 

 

Step Three: Place The Silver Leaf On The Bag

Lightly place a sheet of silver leaf on to the bag.  Using your index finger, gently rub the silver leaf on to the bag until it is firmly stuck to the bag. 

 

 

 

 

Step Four: Finish and Enjoy!

Repeat these steps until the bag is covered with silver leaf and then enjoy!

Until next time xx

Courtney