How to Make Leather Bracelets?

We have been adorning ourselves with jewelry for as long as human civilization has existed. Over the years, many new materials have been introduced in the market by jewelers but the charm of leather jewelry has been strong as ever.

If you ever wondered, how to make leather bracelets then in this article, you’ll learn how to create three different types of leather bracelets with our easy to follow guide.

 

How to Make Braided Leather Bracelet

Materials Required

Leather Cord
Lobster Clasps
Ribbon Clamps
Jump Rings
Plier
Scissor
Tape

Step by Step Instructions 

  1. Cut Strands: First, cut three 12 inches leather strands.
  2. Position the Clamp: Position the small sized ribbon clamp at one end of the three strands.
  3. Secure the Clamp: Now, secure the clamp with the pliers so that all three strands are tightly held by the clamp and then tape the clamp to a hard surface and start to braid the leather strands. Ensure that the strands are always completely flat while braiding. 
  4. Trimming: Take your unfinished braided bracelet and wrap it around your wrist to make sure that it fits  and mark the end by holding it between your fingers.  Add about half an inch to that, then cut off the excess.
  5. Clamping: Position the clamp on the open end and secure it with the help of pliers. 
  6. Attach the jump rings to the ribbon clamps to attach the jumps rings, just pry them open and slip them on to the ribbon clamps and then attach a lobster clasp on one end of the leather bracelet . After that you’re all done.

 

How to Make Studded Leather Bracelet

Materials Required

Thin Belt
Studs
Hammer and Nail
Butter Knife
Seam ripper or something to sharp enough to make holes. 

Step by Step Instructions

  1. Measure the length: Take your leather belt and wrap it around your wrist twice. Mark the length where you want the buckle and the belt to meet and cut down the excess length with the scissors.
  2. Stud Positioning: Take a stud and start marking the position on the belt where you want the stud to be placed. You can also measure the distance to be super accurate or you can just eyeball it and go with it. 
  3. Create Holes for Studs: Once you have marked the positions for the studs, take your seam ripper and create holes for the studs.
  4. Insert Studs: Once you are finished with creating all the holes, it is time to insert the studs into the holes. Place all of the studs into the holes.
  5. Close the Prongs: After placing the studs, take the butter knife and close the prongs of the studs. 
  6. Belt Buckle Hole: After closing the prongs of the studs, it is time to measure the length for making the hole for the belt buckle. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist once more and keep your finger in the area where you want the hole.
  7. Make the hole: Take the nail and hammer it through the leather to create a big enough hole for the buckle. Then you’re all done.

 

How to Make a Braided Charm Bracelet

Materials Required

Leather Cord
Ribbon Clamps
Plier
Chain
Jump Rings
Charms
Lobster Clasps

Step by Step Instructions 

  1. Clamping: Clamp the three leather cords together . Tighten the clamp with the help of the pliers.
  2. Braiding: Start braiding the leather cords. You can also use four leather cords and braid them together like a fishtail braid. It creates a denser and tighter braid. 
  3. Cut off Remaining Length: Take your unfinished braided bracelet and wrap it around your wrist to make sure that it fits and mark the end by holding it between your fingers.  Add about half an inch to that, and then cut off the remaining length of the leather cords.
  4. Clamping: Put a clamp at this end and close it with the help of the pliers.
  5. Attach Charms: Attach charms to the bracelet with the help of the pliers. Attach as many as you want. 
  6. Add  Jump Rings and Lobster Clasp: Attach the jump rings to the ribbon clamps to attach the jumps rings, just pry them open and slip them on to the ribbon clamps and then attach a lobster clasp on one end of the leather bracelet . After that you’re all done.

 

Final Words

We have been using bracelets as accessories for thousands of years. But making your own custom made bracelets can be rewarding and fun. Hopefully, you will be able to create great looking leather charms with the help of the above DIY instructions. Making your own leather bracelets not just saves you money but also gives you the freedom to add whatever you want to your bracelet.