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Navajo Clutch & Belt

Navajo Clutch and Belt
Navajo Clutch and Belt

Who said accessories had to break the bank to be cute? Not us! Add a little Southwestern charm to your wardrobe with this easy fabric painting idea. Head to your local thrift store for a few accessories, and use the Navajo Clutch & Belt tutorial to give them a makeover. You'd be surprised how much a hand painted leather belt can make an outfit pop. Even if you've never painted anything before, this easy stencil craft is perfect for painters of all skill levels. So, don't be shy. Print out the stencils below and start painting!

Time to CompleteIn an evening


Primary TechniquePainting


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • DecoArt® Stylin™ in Aqua, Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange, Beige
  • Americana 6” x 8” Aztec Stencil
  • Thrifted Belt
  • Thrifted Clutch
  • Pencil
  • Masking Tape
  • Cardboard
  • Multi-Color Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Small Paintbrush
  • Stencil Brush



  1. If possible, unscrew the removable buckle from the strap and remove the belt head, loop, and buckle.

  2. Paint the belt strap, loop, and belt head with two coats of Stylin™ in Aqua and let dry.

  3. Pencil in and paint the red “snow cloud” design and blue “good crops” design along the entire length of the belt with Stylin™ in Blue and Red, alternating between each design element.

  4. When dry, pick two patterns from the DecoArt Americana Stencil 6” x 8” Aztec pattern and stencil over the red and blue pattern using the Stylin™ colors Yellow and Orange.

  5. When dry, reattach the belt head, loop, and metal buckle and you’re done.


  1. Divide the handbag into three equal sections and tape off the center stripe. Paint the center stripe with Stylin™ in Beige and let dry. Paint the two remaining sides with Stylin™ in Aqua and let dry.

  2. Pencil in and paint the Red “snow cloud” pattern in vertical stripes along the bag. Using the DecoArt Americana Stencil 6” x 8” Aztec pattern, pick a pattern and stencil Blue vertical patterned stripes
    between the Red snow cloud patterns and let dry. (Hint: Use masking tape to section off only the pattern you want to stencil.)

  3. Vertically stencil two different Aztec patterns in stripes over the Blue and Red in Yellow and Orange.

  4. Create a matching multi-color yarn tassel by wrapping four different colors around a 5” long piece of cardboard.

  5. Knot through the loops at the top with an extra piece of yarn and then cut through the loops at the bottom. Remove the tassel from the cardboard and tie more yarn several times around the neck of the tassel.

  6. Tie the tassel to the zipper pull.


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  1. Snow Clouds

  2. Good Crops

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