Are handbags, purses, and clutches taking over your closet? I’ve got the perfect organized storage solution!
As I set out to organize my closet, I knew I could do something pretty with my purses and clutches. Why shouldn’t I enjoy looking at all of them?
If you’ve seen the full closet makeover, you know I worked with acrylic for the first time to create a DIY clutch and wallet storage on the wall. Below that, we created a DIY purse organizer with removable dividers. All together, it’s a space that makes me swoon. Today I’ve got the tutorial to show you how we did it!
Here’s the supply list of everything we used:
OPTIX 0.118 Acrylic Sheet from Lowes
HomeRight Digital Temp Heat Gun
Rockwell Jawhorse (Optional, but AWESOME)
Fender washers and coordinating screws/wall anchors
Scrap wood to create a jig
Sliding miter saw or router (we bought the Ryobi 10″ sliding miter saw and think it’s a GREAT value)
The first step for the clutch holders was to cut the big sheet of acrylic down into smaller pieces. I picked a width of 6″ and cut the pieces to 12″ long. The cutting process isn’t hard with the scoring tool, but it’s a little scary. When you snap the large pieces, it’s LOUD.
But, all you have to do is score the acrylic several times with the scoring tool.
And then channel your best Legally Blonde moves to bend & SNAP.
Next up, it’s time to create a jig so that all your clutch holders will be close to the same shape. Figuring out how to duplicate the holders was the trickiest part. It’s almost like creating art because each piece of acrylic will bend a little differently. But, with a template, it’s much easier to get a similar shape.
Think about the shape you want your clutch holders to be, and then use scrap wood to create a form. The acrylic will be bend around the outside of your jig.
We used a 1 x 2 for the base, and another 1 x 2 for what will become the front of your holder. The height of the right size of the above template needs to match the height you’d like for the front of your clutch holder. For the back, we used a 1 x 4, which worked out really well. The width of your template is flexible, you just need it to be long enough so you have space to use clamps on each side of your acrylic. Whatever width you use, make sure you have another loose piece of wood cut to the same width.
Flip your template upside down and clamp it to a work table with the bottom facing up and the back facing you. I recently received this JawHorse from Rockwell to test out and the top is one big clamp. It is squeezing the template from each side, so I didn’t have to clamp the template to a table. PS: Add this to your Christmas list if you DIY, it’s AMAZING. Like having extra hands.
The front 1 x 2 of your template should be on a solid surface. Stand up your acrylic next to the template, and then sandwich it in with your loose piece of wood and clamps.
The protective film should still be ON at this point. Yep, even when we heat it up!
Grab an oven mitt and then turn your heat gun on set it to 650 degrees. Aim the heat towards the acrylic, moving it back and forth somewhat slowly. Occasionally, pull the top of the acrylic towards you to see if it is pliable. Don’t force it – let the heat do the work. You will hit the point that it is very smooth to bend.
As it bends, you may need to apply more heat to the back side for it to lay all the way down. When you are happy with the shape, leave your new creation clamped for at least 5 minutes so the plastic can harden again.
After unclamping the holder, you’ll want it to sit even longer before adding the mounting holes. I shaped all of them one night, and we didn’t drill the holes until the next day.
We spaced the holes 1″ from the top and side.
I wasn’t sure exactly how this was going to turn out, so I bought two different sized washers, along with screws and wall anchors. I ended up using the larger ones, which I found out are called Fender Washers. I drilled my screws into a piece of scrap wood, and painted everything gold at once. Because that’s how we do things around here! #paintitallgold
The last step was just putting the anchors in the wall and screwing everything in. Before long, the first one was up and I was a HAPPY girl.