DIY Woven Leather Straps

This bracelet is casual but beautiful, similar to friendship bracelets: they’re great when stacked with plenty of other arm candy. A little more dextrous than knotting friendship bracelets, these woven straps will take a little longer to make but look brilliant. Ideally, you should sort out what colours you want to use and the order in which you’re going to weave them before you start.

What you need:

  •  3 round leather strands
  • 6 embroidery threads – different colours
  • 6 metal leather closing clasps
  • 2 jump rings
  • 1 bracelet clasp
  • Super glue
  • Sello-tape

How to:

  1. Measure out and cut the leather strands to fit your wrist.
  2. Attach the closing clasps around the ends of each leather strand.
  3. Tape the three strands together, about an inch down from one end.
  4. To weave the embroidery: leave about 2cm of slack, place the thread over the left leather strand, under the middle strand and over the right strand.
  5. Loop the thread back around under the right strand, over the middle strand and under the left strand. Continue weaving like this back and forth. Make sure that the 2cm of slack is secured underneath the weaving.
  6. When you want to change colours, tie a knot with the embroidery thread on a leather strand. Leave a little bit of slack after the knot and make sure that this slack is secured underneath the new thread’s weaving.
  7. Continue weaving and switching colours until you’ve got the order you want. Secure the final strand with a double knot on a leather strand.
  8. Secure all the knots with a dot of super glue. Leave to dry.
  9. Hook the ends of the leather strands onto two jump rings, make sure the bracelet clasp is also hooked onto one of the jump rings.

This bracelet isn’t flashy or in your face but it is a beautifully colourful summer accessory that can go with any outfit. This really is a great little DIY project that you can easily make during a lazy summer afternoon – I whipped mine up whilst watching the Olympics, it’s that easy!

Happy DIYing!

xoxo  V.

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