I’m fairly obsessed with cross body bags, especially DIY-ing them. I’ve converted clutches into cross-bodies, I’m made one from scratch and turned a different wooden box into a cross-body. When I originally bought materials for that particular DIY, I had picked up this wood box to work, with, but ended up not using it. I’ve since tried to salvage the project and found that I liked it better as a purse instead. Stepping away from the wood staining in the other post, I decided to color block it stead.
Note: I was playing around with this box before so I don’t have pictures in the right order of steps, so please pay attention to the written instructions, especially if you’re a skim reader and like to do projects based off of pictures (which I am totally guilty of doing!)
Use a screw driver to remove the clasps and hinges from the box. It’ll make painting much easier and prevent you from getting any paint on the metal parts.
Paint a primer layer of white on the box. Allow it to fully dry before continuing on. Go watch an episode of Quantico (my favorite new show this fall).
Paint the wood box different colors. I chose four different colors so that no two adjacent sides were the same.
Paint a coat or two of sealer over it all.
Glue on the metal studs with E6000 (or any other type of super glue). I eyeballed it for mine, but you’re welcome to break out a ruler to measure out where to place your studs.
Reattach the hinges and clasps.
Use a drill to put holes into the box for the strap (for more detailed instructions on how to measure where to put the holes check out my other wood purse DIY).
Knot the ends of the ribbon or rope after you’ve thread it through the wood.
Go wear that bad boy out!