I am as transparent as this backpack. or I’d like to be. Why should I be obscure, mysterious or secretive. To be honest most things I own I like to parade around because I love them so much. So i chose to embrace this with open arms. Wherever I looked, I would only find transparent clutches, not a backpack in sight. So since I still had some scrap left from my last DIY I decided to make it myself.

I stuffed my back full with thrifted books I found that day, 5 books for 4.

DIY Transparent backpack by Radioactive Ruby

DIY Transparent backpack by Radioactive Ruby

DIY Transparent backpack by Radioactive Ruby



Time to try out something new. Since I have a new job I am finally allowed to wear nail polish. I felt like experimenting and found a really cool nail decoration set at the Flying Tiger for €3. This shop has absolutely every little thing you don’t really need for great prices and they all look so adorable!


I reaaaaally like the disco dip and the fluorescent one so I went ahead and read the instruction.

1. Leave nail polish layer to dry for at least 10 seconds.
2. Put matte side of the tape on the nail.
3. Rip it off.

Seems easy. Right? Right.


On my first try I used a clear coat of nail polish. It gave a good effect but I decided I wanted to have a background.


I don’t know how the model in the picture pulled it of but u found it absolutely impossible to get an entire layer on my nails. Only bits and pieces stuck on my nail and it seemed to get more if a cracking nail polish effect.
Finally I managed to have one of my fingers with an adequate finish. Other than that sometimes my nail polish actually got stuck on the tape instead of the other way round. Patience.

But I must say the shimmer to it and the fact that I could make rainbows with my nails was quite amazing.


I hope my next try pays of more and I must admit that I took off the nail polish completely the next day because I couldn’t stand those little imperfections.


One of my character traits is transparency. I’m bad at keeping secrets and for the most part my face speaks a thousand words. Whether it is the sight of something disgusting or the first thought that pops up, one can always tell what is on my mind. Being so open with the world about myself gives me almost no embarrassment. This transparent bag is like a reflection of me. Letting other people snoop into a bag holding my most valued possessions, what a thrill!

A detailed video on this DIY can be found at a pair and a spare, I made some minor alterations and enlarged the stencil so it could fit some books. Inspired by the DIY of the talented blogger Geneva Vanderzeil left me no choice but to rush to my thrusted handy store and to purchase the goods:
  • PVC or in my case the stuff that you put on a table to keep it from stains and what not
  • 10 screw on spikes
  • scissors
  • 1.20 m metal chain

Cut the stencil out on the PVC. Don’t use pen as a way of marking the lines, in my case it could not be erased. 

Try to crease the sides a little bit and then overlap the PVC. When cutting the holes for the spikes, make sure the holes overlap. Repeat steps for all sides and the top part. 

To attach the chain i made a hole in the PVC and then added a little ring so the PVC doesn’t tear out over time. I opened one ring of the chain and then hooked it on the bag. 

Et Voilà!


Finally some time to actually print the canvas bag I got a year ago. Back then these were, in my case, extremely hard to find or ridiculously overpriced. And I love them so much: the simplicity, the style, the comfort. When I found this amazing yin & yang coy carper illustration I instantly fell in love. The idea had occurred to me before but sometimes one just not has the means – nor skills – to create what has been dreamed off. 
The illustration can be found here, but even though i searched for the artitst, he or she is still unknown to me. Without further ado, here’s the DIY!
I downloaded the illustration and mirrored and scaled it before printing it on special transfer paper for t-shirts. Cut out the picture while leaving approximately 5 mm. Follow the instructions carefully since it might change from brand to brand.
I centered the picture on the bag with 3 handtowels underneath. Then followed the ironing. The best part is peeling the top layer of, not knowing wether it will turn out alright. As you can see, the bag looks pretty rad!