A while back I was reading my favorite upcycling blog www.NewDressADay.com, where the fabulous Marisa Lynch made a copycat Charlotte Olympia Kitty Clutch, which originally sells online for $995 (for that much, I sure hope that's real gold and diamonds!).
|Charlotte Olympia Kitty Clutch|
Marisa upcycled an old black clutch to capture the essence of the original cat purse. This is how hers turned out:
When I found this shiny red clutch at the thrift store for $2, I was inspured to re-make the re-make!
I started by cutting out cardboard outlines of the eye shapes and tracing it with a pen on the flat side of the purse.
|Outlined Cat Eyes|
Then I outlined the rest of the cat face free-hand.
I then took fabric matte paint and outlined the cat face.
|Outlined cat face|
I did not have any thin oval-shaped gems, so instead I used gems I had in my collection and slanted them to give it more character. I glued them on with fabric glue.
In order to make the ears, I cut out ear shapes from a red foam sheet.
|Cut out foam ears|
Then I painted them a brighter red to match the purse.
|Painting, painting, painting|
After painting it multiple times and letting it dry, I cut a small slit in the bottom, and folded the sides in opposite directions.
Then I used a strong glue to glue the folded parts to the top of the purse.
|Glued on each side|
And that was that!
Here again is the original purse and my original piece:
|$995 Charlotte Olympia Kitty Clutch|
|Before: $2 Thrifted Clutch|
And here is how it turned out after!
|After: Re-re-transformed cat clutch|
|After: Cat clutch|
|After: Cat clutch|
My husband and I took my mother-in-law out for her birthday to the Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, Hollywood Wax Museum, and Guinness World Records Museum in Hollywood, and I decided to bring along my cat clutch and got some pretty awesome celebrities to show off my purse! Strung through with a turquoise necklace as a strap, check it out!
|Ready for your close-up Mr. Freeman|
|I dream....of a cat purse!|
|Kristen Stewart sporting the latest fashion (this wax figure wasn't very good)|
|Thanks for the box of chocolates, Forrest :)|
|I'm queen of the world!!! WOOHOOOO!!!|
|"And it's so tasty too." ~Yuck!|
|"Make that change"|
|Which do you think is the better Michael?|
|Mother-in-law and I with Charlie's Angels!|
|You hardly look like yourself Mr. President!|
|Oh my! ;)|
|Ready for action!|
|Have you seen my movies?!|
|Nicholas Cage, ready to explore.|
|Cutting the house in two!|
|Doesn't look like Beyonce at all, but I still got down with my bad self!|
|Largest man ever recorded|
And for my favorite model of the day:
|Leanne, I AM YOUR MODEL!|
I hope you enjoyed this post! Check back soon for more transformations.
Until next time, blessings.