Mar 26, 2013

DIY: Leather Studded Wrap Bracelet


Studs are always in fashion, but you don't need a designer brand to get the look! Brass paper fasteners will do the trick. As you may have noticed in some of my previous DIY tutorials (here and here), I love using office supplies for craft projects...so here's one more!

I taught this project last week at my monthly craft series with TOMS and it was a blast (pics here)! With so many different combinations of leather and studs, it's so easy to create a customized bracelet of your own. Follow the tutorial below to learn how.     


Materials: 
• Leather or suede strip (I bought mine from a trim store in downtown L.A. You can also find them on Etsy or cut a a strip off a larger piece of leather found at some craft stores or maybe even an old piece of clothing) 
• Brass paper fasteners or scrapbook brads (they come in many colors/sizes. found at most craft stores)
• Pen or thin Sharpie
• X-Acto knife
• Scissors


Steps:
Measure: Measure the leather strip to fit your wrist and cut, leaving it an inch longer just in case. You can create a single wrap bracelet or wrap it around a couple times like I did with my red bracelet. 
Mark: With a pen or Sharpie, make small dots where you would like your studs to go.
Cut: Using an X-Acto knife, make small slits at the markings. In most cases, simply pressing down firmly with the knife will make a large enough hole. Be careful not to cut too wide or your studs will fall through.
Insert: Place your studs through the holes and fold back the prongs to attach in place.
Create Closure: Place one of the studs at the very end of the leather strip. Instead of folding the prongs over like all the others, twist them outward, kind of like a flower's leaves, using your fingers, scissors or needle nose pliers if you have it handy. Make sure the stud has some room to wiggle (see step 4 image above).
Slit: At the opposite end of the strip, cut a slit approximately the width of your stud. Slide the last stud through to close. If it doesn't fit, you may need to cut the slit a bit wider.



Enjoy your new handmade bracelet! Follow along on Facebook and Twitter to see all my new DIY projects.


16 comments:

  1. This is great! And so much cheaper than the designer version!

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  2. I did something really similar a year ago! Have you seen it? http://www.thanksimadeitblog.com/2012/06/diy-studded-leather-wrap-bracelet.html

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    1. Hey Erin! I hadn't seen that, I love it! Wow, it looks almost identical to the Tory Burch one!

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  3. Hi Natalie, I love this! Thanks for sharing the how-to and am pinning! Have a wonderful week. Cindy@littlemisscelebration.com

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  4. Where did you find the leather?

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    1. Hi Kaye - I just updated the post with some more info on where to find it. Take a look under the Supplies section. Good luck!
      - Natalie

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  5. Where did you get your leather strip? I can't find any! :(

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    1. Hi Jay - I just updated the post with some more info on where to find it. Take a look under the Supplies section. Good luck!
      - Natalie

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  6. Love these! Such a simple project but so effective! :)

    Dom.
    Craftedblog.com

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  7. Cute!! So simple and lovely. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I love the design, it is so lovely. I will definitely be following you on Bloglovin! xx. McKenna Lou
    http://www.lynnandlou.com
    p.s. Be sure to enter in our Lisa Leonard $50 giveaway! Today is the last day. http://www.lynnandlou.com/2013/03/double-outfits-lisa-leonard-giveaway.html

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  8. Super-Fashion, Super-Colorful, Super-Lovely!
    Giu&Si

    P.S. We can't get enough of studs!

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  9. Very neat , I love the idea.

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  10. That's a great idea. Lovely project. We just added your blog to our Bookmarks. Good luck with your next projects.

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  11. Hey look the ones we did last week here: http://lilasirena.blogspot.mx/2013/04/diy-double-leather-bracelet.html

    So simple and easy to DIY =)


    Lila&Sirena

    lilasirena.blogspot.com

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  12. very trendy and surprisingly easy to make

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