Cool Bracelets to Make: DIY Leather Bracelet

Ever been interested in how to make a cool bracelet?

Then you are definitely in for a treat today!

We’re walking you through a DIY bracelet, ala a leather cuff, that you are sure to LOVE!

How to make a cool leather cuff bracelet out of belts you can buy cheaply at the thrift store, or you can repurpose a belt you are no longer using. DIY Tutorial.

DIY Leather Cuff Bracelet

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Remember how I told you my mom is an artist? Well, so is her sister, my aunt ( For one of the interior spaces she designed, she used thrift store leather belts to create the seat for a stool.

homemade stool
Awesome, right? Unfortunately I don’t have a tutorial for that one, but I do have something else for you.

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DIY Bracelet

Those belts all had remaining bits of leather and buckles…waste not want not! We’re still saving the buckles, but for today’s project we’ll be using the belt ends. Besides the belt ends, you’ll also be needing a leather punch (my punch is not made for leather. It came in a scrapbooking kit, but works just fine for this), scissors, hammer, snaps, and the snap attacher (this may or may not be included with the snaps you buy).

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A word about the snaps: pay attention to how thick your leather is. You want to make sure the halves of the snap will be able to make plenty of contact through the leather. Word on the street is some craft stores carry LONG snaps. If your local craft store does, buy those ones. You’ll be able to use them no matter the thickness. Mine, however, did not. I had to make a trip back for different snaps.

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First you’ll have to measure your wrist. You can do this a few different ways. You can just measure your wrist with a measuring tape (Ikea has those paper ones that are perfect for stashing away!), you can measure a cuff you already own, or you can wrap a strip of paper around your wrist, marking where it overlaps. Add about 1 ½ in. to your measurement, depending on how tightly you want your cuff to fit.

Cut your belt to size with your scissors and get ready to punch some holes! Put one hole on either end of the belt. You might even be able to use a hole that came with the belt.

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Then it’s time to attach the snaps. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the back of the packaging. When you think the snap is attached, give it another good swing of the hammer, just to make sure. Do the other half of the snap and…

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You’re ready to wear it!

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diy leather bracelet
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  1. says

    Ruby asked how to get the ends of the leather belt to look rounded and the answer is amazingly simple. The ends of a leather belt are already rounded. Just be sure when you attach your snaps that that end is the part that ends up on top.

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  3. says

    OMG!!! Gosh darn ya’ll…..this is so cool….I have a bunch of old belts and was going to donate them to Goodwill….but, I think I see some new cuffs in my future.

  4. says

    I love the look of these bracelets! They’re so cool. I’m not sure I would have the competence to get a belt at a thrift store that looks that good but I’d like to try.

    All work and no play makes mommy a dull chick.

  5. says

    Wow! I haven’t worn a leather bracelet in so long. I love this ispdea and have most everything to make one.

  6. says

    I have two leather bracelets and I LOVE them. One I bought for a ridiculous amount on Etsy and the other I found at a thrift store…now I want to make my own!! :)