We are going old school today, friends, using one of my favorite older fonts by ImpressArt, the Script font. I wear this DIY stamped leather bracelet a lot, because it pairs and stacks with so many other jewelry types! And, it’s awesome… literally.
This post isn’t sponsored, I just busted out some classic stamps to make a bracelet that I love – and I hope you love it too! I’ll leave affiliate links to where you can find these supplies in the list below, in case you love this look and need to do some shopping!
What you’ll need to make this AWESOME DIY stamped leather bracelet:
- ImpressArt 4mm Script font, or your favorite similar font
- The Flower from ImpressArt’s Mandala Pack #1
- 33mm Pewter oval tag
- Stamp Enamel
- 14-16 inches of 2mm round leather cord
- Glue-on End clasp
- Super New Glue, or other suitable jewelry glue
- Optional: Stamp Straight tape
If you haven’t done jewelry stamping before, I recommend you check out my beginner’s tutorial, one of my YouTube videos on stamping, or (shameless plug) buy my book, DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry! I’m not going to go into great detail today – but that’s ok! Jewelry stamping is actually not that hard! If you can use a hammer, you got this.
If you tape your blank to your steel bench block, it not only secures it, but it also serves as a guide to keep your letters level. One of the things I really like about the script font is that you can kind of “squish” the letters together and stamp them closer to each other. It helps you fit more letters – but it also helps the script letters look like they’re attached to each other. More scripty!
Once you’ve stamped your “awesome” text, I decided the blank needed a little more embellishment. I happened to choose the 6mm flower from the Mandala Pack 1. I used just the edge of it to create a scalloped edge along the top and bottom. You can try other shapes, too! Any kind of flower, the top of a heart, anything! Just get creative! Once you’re done, darken the impression. I used stamp enamel and a paper towel to wipe away the excess.
Next, you’ll need two 7-8 inch lengths of leather cord. It’s actually a great idea to cut them a little longer, and trim the excess away at the end. That ensures that your ends are trimmed to identical lengths, and that you can measure it end-to-end for a perfect fit to *your* wrist. Bend the cord in half, and feed the loop through the hole one one side of your stamped blank. Tuck the “tails” through the loop, and pull it snug – creating a lark’s head knot. Repeat on the other side.
Trim up your “tails” so that they’re even. My end clasp adds a half inch to the total length of the bracelet, so I cut my cords to a 6.75″ total length, giving me a 7.25″ bracelet. That’s what fits my wrist best – but this is a great place to customize your piece for yourself.
Add a few drops of glue to the inside of your end caps, and secure the cords inside. It will take about a minute to dry enough to be secure – and after about 15 minutes, it will be dry enough to wear.
Hope you guys enjoyed this versatile DIY stamped leather bracelet – it’s one of my favorite pieces, and it goes with almost everything! Hope your week is off you a good start and I’ll see you all again soon!