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Make a ChaneI-Inspired Top with Nail Polish and Studs

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What You'll Be Creating

Love Chanel's Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 collection? Take inspiration from one of Karl Lagerfeld's stunning runway pieces, and create a show-stopping top. All you need to embellish a plain white top is nail polish, glue and studs. It's amazingly simple with no sewing!


  • Glue (use a waterproof glue that bonds both fabric and metal, like E-6000 Craft Adhesive)
  • Nail polish in complementary shades (I used pale pink, yellow, minty-aqua, lilac and red)
  • Around 150 round bucket studs (if you can't find round bucket studs, you could use iron-on studs, but you would need to iron them on to your top first before directly painting the studs, or try claw nails and skip the glue)
  • White blouse, top or T-shirt of your choice (my viscose and polyester top is from Cos)

1. Paint the Studs

Step 1

Shake your nail polish before starting, and prepare your working surface. If you need to protect the surface of your table or desk, cover with sheets of spare paper.

Carefully paint each stud and allow to dry. I was inspired by Chanel's candy-hued palette and painted 14 studs in a soft lilac nail polish, 14 studs in a minty aqua, 34 studs in pale pink, 44 studs in a bright yellow, and 44 studs in red.

Once dry, finish each stud with a coat of clear nail polish to prevent the colour from chipping.

2. Embellish Your Top

Step 1

Once dry, arrange your coloured studs on the front side of your top, before applying glue.

Create a random scattered pattern of studs, so it looks like fallen confetti. I positioned most of the studs on to the left half of the top, including the sleeve. The front side of the top is more heavily embellished than the back side, with around 120 studs. 

Step 2

Once you're happy with your design, add a small drop of glue on to the back side of each stud and press it down on the garment. 

Allow the glue to dry.

Step 3

Once the glue has dried on the front side of your top, turn it over and create another random scattered pattern of studs on the back side. I used around 120 studs on the back top right side and shoulder, with a further 10 studs on the lower right side.

Before gluing, play around with different designs until you're satisfied. It's important that you don't cover the whole of the back side with studs - just keep them mainly to the right side of the top, so it looks like the studs are scattered on the same side, front and back.

Show Off Your Runway-Inspired Creation

Your new Chanel-inspired top is ready to wear. You'll be well ahead of the shops if you make and wear it now. Talk about fashion forward!

Co-ordinate your nail colour with your new top and strike the perfect colour balance.

You don't need to buy a new top for this project - you can simply use something you already have in your wardrobe. Refresh and renew an old garment using Chanel's colour palette in the studs, or customise with your own choice of hues.

Care for your top by hand-washing it to prevent the studs from chipping. 

Embellishing has become a huge trend in the world of fashion and it's likely that you're going to be addicted after you first attempt.

Have you embellished any clothes lately? Are you going to make this top? Do you love Chanel's AW14-15 collection? Post pics of your work in the comments below. We love seeing your projects!

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