How to Make a Super Simple DIY Rainbow Purse

March 9, 2020 separator DIY Tutorial

Make a DIY rainbow purse in under an hour with this super simple how-to — because who doesn’t need an adorable straw rainbow bag for summer?!

DIY a half-round straw purse for summer with this adorable rainbow clutch tutorial using regular old acrylic paint! It's ridiculously easy and can be made in a classic bright rainbow or this pretty pastel color palette for spring and summer!

I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite makers for CRAFTWEEK, a full week of projects and giveaways. We have a different theme each day, and today’s theme is paint. You can find the giveaways all week on my Instagram. And scroll to the end of the post to see more of today’s projects!

Just like yesterday’s sandals with DIY faux leather tassels, today’s DIY rainbow clutch purse is making me crave summer like nobody’s business!

I bought this straw clutch bag a few times when I found it on sale at my different local Michaels stores, and now I’m so glad I did! The round stripes the straw weave creates were just begging for a rainbow design, don’t you think? 

This DIY fashion project is so easy, you’re not going to believe me. Besides the clutch purse itself, you hardly even need any supplies!

Oh, and can we just take a second to discuss how freaking gorgeous my sister in law to-be is?! Thanks for modeling, Carley — love you tons!!!

P.S. If you’re into rainbows, you’re going to love my rainbow DIY polymer clay earringsmodern rainbow DIY cat scratch pad, and DIY rainbow Christmas ornaments

DIY a half-round straw purse for summer with this adorable rainbow clutch tutorial using regular old acrylic paint! It's ridiculously easy and can be made in a classic bright rainbow or this pretty pastel color palette for spring and summer! DIY a half-round straw purse for summer with this adorable rainbow clutch tutorial using regular old acrylic paint! It's ridiculously easy and can be made in a classic bright rainbow or this pretty pastel color palette for spring and summer! DIY a half-round straw purse for summer with this adorable rainbow clutch tutorial using regular old acrylic paint! It's ridiculously easy and can be made in a classic bright rainbow or this pretty pastel color palette for spring and summer! DIY a half-round straw purse for summer with this adorable rainbow clutch tutorial using regular old acrylic paint! It's ridiculously easy and can be made in a classic bright rainbow or this pretty pastel color palette for spring and summer! DIY a half-round straw purse for summer with this adorable rainbow clutch tutorial using regular old acrylic paint! It's ridiculously easy and can be made in a classic bright rainbow or this pretty pastel color palette for spring and summer!

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DIY a half-round straw purse for summer with this adorable rainbow clutch tutorial using regular old acrylic paint! It's ridiculously easy and can be made in a classic bright rainbow or this pretty pastel color palette for spring and summer!

DIY Rainbow Purse from a Straw Clutch

DIY a half-round straw purse for summer with this adorable rainbow clutch tutorial using regular old acrylic paint! It's ridiculously easy and can be made in a classic bright rainbow or this pretty pastel color palette for spring and summer!

Supplies

You can use any shoes or sandals you like, but I find that a bit of heel gives more room for the tassels to swing around without dragging on the floor. Please note that my post does contain affiliate links. Today’s CRAFTWEEK post is sponsored by DecoArt. Make sure to stop by my Instagram to enter the awesome giveaway!

  • Straw clutch purse – I linked to the one I used, or you can find other inspiration above!
  • DecoArt America Multi-Surface Satin paints
  • Small square paintbrush 
  • DecoArt Soft-Touch Varnish

Instructions

Bear with me, friends. My step-by-step photos for this tutorial have gone missing. If I don’t find them later, I’ll shoot them again with a new purse, but honestly this is such an easy project that I think you’ll be able to figure it out! 

1. Beginning with the outermost row, begin painting rainbow stripes. Let each row dry for a few minutes before moving onto the next one. 

Tip: Be sure to really work the color in between all the layers of straw. Wiggle the brush around until you’ve filled gaps. 

2. Add a second coat of paint to each row, again letting the current row dry before moving onto the next color. 

3. Paint a coat of clear varnish over all the colors. Extend the varnish around the outer edges and onto the next row as well to help seal the painted surface. 

4. Touch up as needed. Eventually, the more you carry your DIY rainbow purse around, the paint will scratch here and there. All you have to do is add a new dab of the right color, and brush on a new coat of varnish.

DIY a half-round straw purse for summer with this adorable rainbow clutch tutorial using regular old acrylic paint! It's ridiculously easy and can be made in a classic bright rainbow or this pretty pastel color palette for spring and summer!

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