Braided Leather Bracelet Tutorial

Make a simple braided leather bracelet to wear or to gift – it’s easy! I made this three tone bracelet for my brother this holiday season. He really enjoyed it, so I decided to share the tutorial with you.

 

I love this braided leather bracelet - isn't it cool? It's a really cool craft for teen boys or girls, and also a great DIY gift idea for guys, or beginner jewelry making project.

 

I used ribbon end crimps (see supplies list below) to secure it together. Normally I’d add a clasp to that but I felt like I wanted more macho and less metallic. So I added a bit of leather cord between the two crimps that can be knotted. Since leather lace is easy to tie and untie, it can definitely be opened and put on again.

 

I love this braided leather bracelet - isn't it cool? It's a really cool craft for teen boys or girls, and also a great DIY gift idea for guys, or beginner jewelry making project.

 

I used an assortment of leather cords that I had handy. The black and beige are both vegan leather, and the white is real. You can go all vegan or all real, depending on your needs.

 

I love this braided leather bracelet - isn't it cool? It's a really cool craft for teen boys or girls, and also a great DIY gift idea for guys, or beginner jewelry making project.

 

The black cord was from a huge too-cheap roll that I have for years (I mean literally almost a decade), and is very stiff. That made it hard to braid, which I didn’t necessarily mind. It simply remained stiff in the center, giving it a “new” kind of look, that I really like.

 

I love this braided leather bracelet - isn't it cool? It's a really cool craft for teen boys or girls, and also a great DIY gift idea for guys, or beginner jewelry making project.

 

I’m not sure that you can replicate the look, but if you want to, look for a very stiff fake leather. 

 

I love this braided leather bracelet - isn't it cool? It's a really cool craft for teen boys or girls, and also a great DIY gift idea for guys, or beginner jewelry making project.

 

What you need to make a braided leather bracelet:

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How to make a braided leather bracelet: 

 

1. Line up your three cords. Crimp the ribbon crimp into place, ensuring that all three remain contained.

I love this braided leather bracelet - isn't it cool? It's a really cool craft for teen boys or girls, and also a great DIY gift idea for guys, or beginner jewelry making project.

 

2. Begin braiding your cords. I love this braided leather bracelet - isn't it cool? It's a really cool craft for teen boys or girls, and also a great DIY gift idea for guys, or beginner jewelry making project.

 

3. Braid all the way down, trying to keep it consistent. As you can see, my black cord was a bit too stiff, so it remained rigid. I kind of like how it came out, even though that wasn’t my intention.
I love this braided leather bracelet - isn't it cool? It's a really cool craft for teen boys or girls, and also a great DIY gift idea for guys, or beginner jewelry making project.

 

4. When your bracelet is almost long enough, trim it, and attach a ribbon crimp to the second end as you did the first.I love this braided leather bracelet - isn't it cool? It's a really cool craft for teen boys or girls, and also a great DIY gift idea for guys, or beginner jewelry making project.

 

5. Thread a piece of cord through both the ribbon crimps as pictured. (You may need a needle or headpin to nudge it through the hole if it’s tight.) 
I love this braided leather bracelet - isn't it cool? It's a really cool craft for teen boys or girls, and also a great DIY gift idea for guys, or beginner jewelry making project.

 

6. Tie it, and trim it at a size that isn’t too long, but can be opened and tied again.I love this braided leather bracelet - isn't it cool? It's a really cool craft for teen boys or girls, and also a great DIY gift idea for guys, or beginner jewelry making project.

 

I love this braided leather bracelet - isn't it cool? It's a really cool craft for teen boys or girls, and also a great DIY gift idea for guys, or beginner jewelry making project.

 

I gifted this in these free gift boxes, along with my twine wrapped flash drives for my other brothers. They were a huge hit on Hanukkah, and I know I’ll be choosing to DIY again next year!

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