DIY Leather Wrap Bracelet

imageWe LOVE this wrap bracelet!  A little background:  Jen and I probably spend WAY too much time watching Fixer Upper on HGTV.  Don’t tell her I said this, but I think Jen might be a little obsessed with Joanna Gaines–both for her personal style and her design sense.  Anyway, on several episodes, you can spot her wearing a bracelet like this, and Jen was dying for one but thought that I could probably spend a lot less to make something similar.  She was right, and if you keep reading I’ll share the directions with you!

-Viv

imageHere we go!  First you’ll want to gather your materials.  You can find everything you need at a craft store, but you may remember I also found some awesome stuff at the hardware store. In this post, you’ll see versions of this bracelet using supplies from both sources. Have fun getting creative and experimenting with different materials!

MATERIALS:

  • Leather cord
  • O-ring, washer, or other similar decorative element
  • Small bead
  • Clear, stretchy beading cord
  • Awl or piercing tool
  • Heavy-duty glue (such as E-6000)
  • Binder clip
  • Pencil, chalk or metallic/opaque marker

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Attach the O-ring or washer to one end of the leather cord: I found the tidiest way to do this was to fold the leather around the ring and glue it together on the back.  I used a binder clip to hold it in place while the glue dried.  image
  2. Measure and mark:  Wrap the bracelet however you like (I watched this video over and over), and mark the last point where the leather overlaps itself on the inside of your wrist.  Make sure to mark both upper and lower layers of the leather.  At this time, you can also trim the leather cord a little longer than the desired length.

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    The finished bracelet will look something like this on the inside of your wrist. In this step, you’ll be marking the place where the bead and buttonhole will go.
  3. Using an awl or piercing tool, make a small hole in the leather where you marked it on the upper layer.  You can use the same tool, or scissors or a razor blade to carefully elongate the piercing into a buttonhole just big enough for your bead to pass through.
  4. With stretchy beading cord, tie the bead to the point you marked on the lower layer , using a dab of heavy-duty glue to secure the knot.

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    Close-up of the completed buttonhole and the bead secured with stretchy cord.
  5. Wrap the finished bracelet around your wrist, using the bead and buttonhole closure on the inside of your wrist.  Tuck in the loose end of the leather wherever you like, trimming it again if necessary.
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Finished black leather wrap with a washer from the hardware store.
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Arm party featuring the brown version of this leather wrap along with a couple other DIY bracelets from a bestie craft day.

The possibilities are endless!  Let us know if you try this project and make any customizations, because WE LOVE THIS STUFF!

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3 thoughts on “DIY Leather Wrap Bracelet

  1. atkokosplace March 29, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    Love your creativity. Beautiful. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

    Like

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