DIY: Leather Bracelet

Another advantage from spring: the sleeves are getting shorter again and you can finally see all the beautiful bracelets again! Today we will show you how you can easily make a leather bracelet yourself. You don’t need any tools for this, except a pair of scissors and the bracelet is ready in 10 minutes! Looks great and as a friendship bracelet is also a great gift idea for girlfriends!

What you need for the leather bracelet

  • A couple of leather straps (about 1 meter long)
  • Possibly other bands (fabric)
  • Beads and buttons
  • A button as a fastener (preferably a shank button, without buttonholes with a “loop” on the back)
  • Scissors

You can usually find everything you need in the craft store. Except for the buttons that I still had in the sewing box, I bought everything from online.


The leather bracelet is ready in a few steps.

Step 1

Lay all the ribbons side by side. Tie a knot at the beginning and then another one straight away. This will be your lock. Therefore it is important that you choose the distance between the two knots so that you can push through the locking button with some resistance.

Step 2

Now braid a little bit. I had a total of four straps (two thin and one thick leather strap, plus a fabric strap) and I put the fabric strap together with a thin leather strap and then braided it normally. Finish with a knot.

Step 3

Now just let the ribbons hang straight. How long is up to you. I chose the length so that the straps fit around my wrist twice without the braided area. Now you can thread pearls or buttons. I chose a silver bead and slid it over two of the leather straps. Plus a mother-of-pearl button on the fabric ribbon. If you don’t want the pearls or buttons to slip, you can tie knots in front of and behind. How many things you add is up to you. There is a huge selection of buttons, beads and charms in the craft shop. If you want a simple bracelet, you can simply skip this step.

Step 4

Complete the free piece with the buttons and beads with a knot and start braiding again. Now you have to measure how long the bracelet should be. Mine fits three times around my arm, two open rounds and one braided if you put the beginning and the end together. Wrap the bracelet around your arm and braid until the knot fastener is level with the plait at the end. Then slide the shank button onto a leather cord and weave a little further. Close again with a knot. Now just shorten the overhanging ends and you’re done!

With the steps you can of course vary endlessly and weave everything or nothing at all, other colors, buttons, pearls… entirely according to your taste!

Have fun with your leather bracelet,