The Kentucky Derby is less than two weeks away on May 5th. Normally all the attention is on the hats, but why not a chic bag to go with your amazing hat. This project is so easy youll be amazed.

Whats your favorite Kentucky Derby tradition?

Minaudiere with Golden Horse DIY


To see the step by step instructions and pictures click here.

Supplies for your Minaudiere with Gold Horse:

  1. Sunglasses case (clam shell style)
  2. Plastic horse
  3. Black glitter
  4. Mod Podge
  5. Gold spray paint
  6. Glue

If you prefer you can get the kit to make your own at Darby Smart!
Minaudiere with Golden Horse
Step 1:
In a well ventilated area, paint your horse with gold spray paint. Let dry.Minaudiere with Golden HorseMinaudiere with Golden Horse

Step 2:
In a bowl mix your Mod Podge with your black glitter.Minaudiere with Golden Horse

Step 3:
Using a brush cover your glasses case with your glitter/mod podge mixture. Let dry.Minaudiere with Golden HorseMinaudiere with Golden Horse

Step 4:
As you can see, once your glitter/mod podge mixture dries it will be clear. Glue your painted horse to the top of your glittered case. Let dry.Minaudiere with Golden HorseMinaudiere with Golden Horse

Step 5:
Your minaudiere is ready for the Derby!Minaudiere  with Golden Horse DIY

Let me know if you have any questions regarding this project, Im happy to help if you get stuck at any part. Leave a message in the comments Id love to hear from you.

I know there are a lot of traditions surrounding the Kentucky Derby let me know what your favorites are or if there are any projects youd like to see.

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  1. Wow.. absolutely love this one.. might be simple enough for even me to try!

    • Hi Vidhya,
      Thanks! It’s very simple and quick. Most of your time is spent waiting for the mod podge to dry.

  2. That is really cute! I thought the first picture was from a magazine!

    • Hi Katherine,
      Thank you so so much!

  3. love love LOVE this!!

    about to try it
    I’ll let you know how it turns out :)

    • Hi Jen,
      Thank you so much!
      I would love to see it when you’re done.

  4. what kind of glue did you use? I feel like gorilla glue and hot glue gun would be too messy

    • Hi Lizzie,
      I used Bond 527 multi purpose cement glue.

    • Thanks, I’m so glad you like it!

  5. Waooo me quede en shock… espectaculares ideas… Felicidades! Excelente trabajo. Bendiciones desde Mexico.

    Incredible!!! I stayed in shock… spectacular ideas… Congratulations! Excellent work. Blessings from Mexico.

    • Gracias por tu comentario Mariangel! Saludos y besos!

  6. This would be so cute for my horse obsessed granddaughter.

  7. I have the same Iphone case!! Adorable bag! I’m going to do one with a cat ^_^

    • Hi Ellie,
      Awesome!!! Thanks, I’d love to see it!

  8. It’s such a gooooood idea! Thank You for Your creativity!

  9. Such a cool DIY!
    Do you find that the glitter rubs off the case quite easily, or does the Mod Podge really keep it in place? Thanks!

    • Thanks Sydney!
      The Mod Podge really does keep it in place, none of it has come off. I works really well.

  10. I love this! But I have an old earing case that looks like a real clutch that is perfect for this project. However, its not plastic its like a suede finish and I was wondering if the mod podge would still work for this? Any suggestions?..
    Thanks in advance

  11. You are amazing!! I love your posts! Greetings from Argentina!

  12. I have always wanted to do this, but finding the right glasses case is rather tricky :)
    Great job; I love the horse’s silhouette just like you do, and love the finished texture of those black glitters!

    Have a great day,

  13. i can’t understand what is mod podge ? i’m not english please help me

    • Hi Mary,
      Mod Podge is a glue. You can make your own using equal parts and mixing one part white glue (like the kind you use in school) with one part water.
      I hope this helps.

  14. How can we get different colour instead of black on it..??

    • Hi Purva,
      To change the color, you could use a different color glasses case and/or a different color of glitter.

  15. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this project. How simple yet fab result. I can’t wait to make my own!

  16. This is a great idea, clutches can be costly, this opens up many ideas!

  17. Love this idea, can apply this to making clutches to match outfits!

  18. oh wow! now i think i just fell in love with you. you are awesome <3

  19. Love this!!! ♥ did you have any problem with the horse falling off? I’m thinking about doing this for my prom outfit c:

    • Hi Celeste!
      Thank you! ❤️ I used a really strong glue and it hasn’t fallen off yet. I think that would be super cute for prom! Great idea!

  20. This is simply genius! I can’t wait to make mine for an upcoming Night at the Races fundraiser. Thanks so much for sharing!

  21. Oh how cute!! In Australia we have the Melbourne Cup, held on the first Tuesday in November & it’s only a few weeks away, I’m always looking for something “blingy” & this might just fit the bill. I’ve got a few glasses cases just sitting in a drawer & this has given me a few ideas, I may do one for Halloween & put a “skull” on the top.
    Thank you for the inspiration
    Kindest regards

    • Thank you! I love the idea of making one with a skull for Halloween. That would be so cute! xoxo Cathy


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