Today’s project idea is a simple piece of jewelry that doesn’t require any special techniques. It makes a great beginner’s project or a great inspiration piece for jewelry enthusiasts. This DIY leather bracelet combines leather cord, jump rings and metal beads, and can be made up in any color for a nice fall accessory!
- 2mm Leather Cord
- Kumihimo 16mm Ribbon End Clasp Set
- Jump Rings
- Optional Large-Hole Spacer Beads (I used 2 packages of 8)
- Jewelry Glue
- Jewelry Pliers
First, cut 5-6 leather cords. Cut them 7-8 inches long. You will trim them down to about 6 inches at the end, but having an extra inch or two of working length will make it easier to work as you go along.
Then, add a bit of jewelry glue to the inside of your ribbon end. This will help keep the cords secure.
Create any pattern you like – or make it totally random! I didn’t follow any pattern; I just added a mix of about 2 rings for every bead I added. You can slide them on as loosely or as tightly as you like.
When you are finished, trim your cords to about 6 inches. This will allow for the length your end clasp will add and still make a 7-inch DIY leather bracelet. You can adjust this length shorter or longer depending on your wrist size; 7 inches is just a standard size for bracelets. Add the other ribbon end to your DIY leather bracelet to finish it, and attach the clasp.
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Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at happyhourprojects.com where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she’s the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).