I recently saw this amazing LEGO clutch on Etsy and instantly fell in love. The craftsmanship is admirable but since I’m trying to curb my shopaholic ways, I decided to make my own version of this clutch…with some Star Wars flair! The design I came up with was inspired by Boba Fett’s helmet. It’s a simple LEGO design and a subtle homage to my beloved Bounty Hunter. I think it’s the perfect little clutch for any geek chic fan!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Green Clutch or Handbag (or a neutral colored clutch like black or white)
LEGO bricks (in green, red, black & gray)
To get started, you’ll want to find a clutch that is made from a sturdy and slightly thicker material. I found this pleather clutch in downtown Los Angeles and was pleased at how well it matched my green LEGO bricks. In fact, it even matched the LEGO Boba Fett minifigure!
TIP: You can buy all kinds of LEGO bricks (in various quantities) off of ebay and BrickLink.
Once you have your clutch, measure the area where you want your LEGO design to be. For mine, I decided to cover the entire front of the flap.
Using your measurements, draw a stencil of the flap onto a piece of paper. Then cut it out.
TIP: Make your stencil slightly smaller than the area you’ll be covering. Since you’re adding LEGO bricks on top of this plate, this will ensure that your finished LEGO design fits properly onto the flap.
Now trace your pattern onto the back of the LEGO plate, then cut it out.
TIP: When cutting the LEGO plate, achieving a perfectly straight line can be tricky. First, cut along your traced pattern. Then flip the plate over and try to cut as closely to the studs as possible. Don’t worry if some of the edges are a little rough. Your LEGO design will cover those imperfections!
Now it’s time to create the LEGO design! Using green, red, black, and gray LEGO bricks, create Boba’s helmet and visor. Arrange the black LEGO bricks in a wide T-shape. Then add some red LEGO bricks around the T-shape for the outer visor. For the curvature in Boba’s helmet, place a few gray bricks on the bottom half of the red bricks. Then cover the rest of the plate with green bricks.
TIP: Remember how I told you not to worry about those rough edges? Now is the time to cover them up! Strategically place your LEGO bricks so that they slightly hang over the edges of the plate. Since you’ll be gluing the bricks to the plate, each stud doesn’t have to be secured in a hole.
Once you’ve arranged your Boba Fett design, it’s time to super glue it! Remove a few bricks at a time. Add a small amount of glue onto the base plate and onto each brick itself.
TIP: Take your time during the gluing process. Super Glue bonds extremely quickly. Once you glue that LEGO brick down, you won’t be able to get it off! Also, Super Glue leaves a dull film on the LEGO so avoid getting any on top of the brick.
When you’ve finished your Mandalorian masterpiece, place it on the clutch and mark where you want the screws to go.
Use a power drill to drill a small hole through the bag and part of the plate. Drill very slowly. If you go too far you could drill a hole right through a LEGO!
Insert the screw into the hole, then use a small screwdriver to twist the screw into place.
Use as many screws as you think necessary to secure the plate onto the bag.
TIP: If you don’t feel comfortable drilling, you can use utility Velcro to stick the plate onto the flap. First Super Glue the Velcro onto the back of your LEGO plate. Then on the front of your clutch, sew the other portion of Velcro. Then stick the plate onto the front of your bag and voila!
Now you have a Bounty Hunter handbag that’s absolutely Fett-ching! Happy crafting! (◡‿◡✿)