Hey guys! It’s been chaos (gosh I get tired of that being true, haha) and you know what that means if you read here often: 10-minute-or-less projects. Yeah! I still love to take a creative break, even when things get busy, and ending a quick craft session with a beautiful accessory to wear is like double-therapy. :) So I have a fast, simple layered leather design that anyone can make, even if you’re not a jewelry-making expert.
If you can measure, cut, and glue, then you can make this bracelet! Choose your own favorite colors (or switch up the silver in exchange for gorgeous gold) to personalize it for yourself, or make up a few in different colors to match different outfits. I love leather in my fall fashion designs, don’t you?
So – I’ll even include a shopping list for you below, in case you need help locating supplies. I got everything from Goody Beads (which is my favorite online retailer for leather accessories). These are affliliate links, which means if you decide to make a purchase after clicking through, then a small commission comes back to Happy Hour Projects to keep my supplies stocked for lots of hour-or-less free designs (and thank you, by the way!) Here’s what I used in today’s DIY leather bracelet:
- 14 inches of 3mm pink braided leather
- 7 inches of 3mm dark brown leather
- 7 inches of 5mm distressed brown leather
- 3 – 9mm round silver beads with a 5mm hole
- 9 – 6mm round silver beads with a 3mm hole
- Silver glue-on end clasp to fit licorice leather
- Leather cutter (or very sharp scissors)
- Super New Glue
Now, one thing to note: You can vary the size of leather that goes into these end caps. 5 pieces of 3mm leather will work, if you don’t want to use 5mm leather. You actually have all kinds of options when it comes to layered strands of leather – if it fits in the end cap, go ahead try it on your design! I’ve included 2 sizes of beads here to fit the 2 sizes of leather I used.
First things first. Add a few drops of glue to the inside of one end cap. I typically wait to cut my leather until after I glue it in so that I can cut it evenly just once – otherwise, you can cut each strand to 7 inches, and then glue all the strands in at once. Allow the glue to set for about a minute before moving on. Tip: because most leather is coiled in packaging, curve each piece in the same direction. It will sit nicely around your wrist that way.
When the glue dries enough to hold your pieces (it’s quick-dry, and won’t take long at all), make sure all your strands are even, and trim them if necessary. I like using a leather cutter because it’s VERY sharp, and you can cut multiple strands at once.
Add your beads onto the leather (if it’s a tight fit, don’t get frustrated! The bright side to that is, once you get it on, they won’t slide around. They’ll stay in place.) I usually add 2-3 beads to each strand. Use more or less, as you like. Then, glue on the other end cap. Allow your bracelet to dry for at least 10 minutes before wearing it, to ensure that the glue is fully dry.
That’s it! Thanks for joining me for today’s quick project, and I’ll see you again soon!