Last fall I challenged myself to try working with leather (or leather like) materials more, and I have been having a lot of fun these last few months experimenting! I truly have a new appreciation for all those leather artisans out there, because working with leather is not as simple as you would think. (Check out some of my previous DIY posts about working with leather.)
With that said, it should come as no surprise that I would eventually venture into making jewelry. Have you seen all of the beautiful leather jewelry out there?!
It’s also no big shock that this bracelet project was inspired by one of my favorite reality TV “stars” (HGTVs “Fixer Upper” Joanna Gaines). If you have never seen the show Fixer Upper, you are definitely missing out on some family fun, beautiful design, and a great positive message- not to mention the woman has GREAT style!
I don’t remember if I first saw her sporting her leather “O” ring bracelet on her show, or if I saw it on Pinterest or Instagram, but I immediately fell in love with it! I had to have it! So I ventured to the Magnolia Market webpage, and low and behold- there it was in all of its glory! But my heart dropped when I saw it was priced at $66. Yowch! Sadly, that price was just a little out of my budget. Then I started thinking about it (and couldn’t stop thinking about it), and I decided that I would try making this lovely piece of jewelry on my own. So, I did and I LOVE it! I wear it ALL of the time! It wasn’t very difficult to make, so I thought I’d share!
Here is how I did it!
What I used:
- 1 brass O ring 1.5″ inches (38mm)
- Strip of leather (1″x14″)
- set of snaps (cap/socket/stud/post)
- snap setting tool (like this one)
- Small piece of wood (for hammering on)
- All purpose punch tool (or an awl- something to make a hole through your leather-I got mine here)
- measuring tape and ruler
- rotary cutter (or razor) & self healing mat
How I put it all together:
- I started by measuring my wrist at the smallest point (for me it was 6.25″).
- I next cut my strip of leather 1″ wide by 14″ long. After some trial and error, I found that 14″ was the perfect length for my wrist. It’s a tiny bit loose, but I wanted it that way.
(*note: using my measurements as a starting point, I suggest lengthening (or shortening) your strip 1″ longer (or shorter) for each inch that your wrist is bigger (or smaller). For example, if you had a 7-7.5″ wrist, then you would cut a 15″ long strip of leather and so on.)
At this point, I did a bunch of measuring and marking on the underside of the leather strip.
These next measurements will be for your snap placement:
- Once I had my 1″x14″ strip of leather cut, I measured 7″ from one end and made a mark. (This should be in the exact center of your leather strip.)
- Next, I measured 1″ inch from the center point on each side, and made another 2 marks. So, you will have 3 marks in the center of your leather strip.
- Then I measured 1/2″ from each end of the leather strip, and made a mark. These marks will be hole punched. (I punched my holes at 3.2 mm with a leather hole punch.)
- Now, take your leather and punch a hole at the exact CENTER mark, as well as at the 1/2″ marks at each END of your leather strip. You should now have 3 holes in your leather strip. (*See image below for reference.)
This next part you will be making the two strips that will wrap around the ring. (It can seem really confusing, but it will make sense, I promise! If you get totally confused, just review my pictures for reference. That always helps me!)
- Next, from the holes you just punched at BOTH ENDS of the leather strip, measure 1/2″ toward the center, and mark.
- At this point you should now have 4 more marks (2 on each end, and the 2 you had already marked at the center). From here, I made a very light 5″ line connecting the marks at the end and the center. Do this on both sides. (See image below for reference.)
- Next (using your ruler as a guide), take your razor or rotary cutter and cut down your 5″ line. This will cut your leather into 2 strips. (*Important!- Don’t cut all the way to the holes you punched! Stop at the marks you just made before you get to the holes!)
Voila! After all that confusing work you should have a 14″ strip of leather with 3 holes punched in it, and 1 slice down the middle of each side! Congrats! You are now ready to add the hardware!
Now on to the fun part- banging stuff with your hammer!
Before you begin- Here is a helpful tutorial on how to set your snaps. If you have never done it before, go check it out. Got it? Okay lets move on!
- On one end of your leather strip, hammer your “cap” and “socket” into place with your snap setter tools, making sure that the smooth “cap” side is on the outer finished side of your leather. (This will become the part you see on the outside of your bracelet!)
- Next, with the raw side of your leather facing up, take your ‘O’ ring and fold the leather over it, “hooking” the ‘O’ ring. The finished side of the leather should now be on top and the ‘O’ ring in between the 2 “strips”. (See images below for reference.)
- Line up your end hole and center hole, and put the “post” of your snap thru both of the holes (as seen below).
- Next, sandwiching the leather between the “post” and “stud”, hammer into place with your snap setting tools.
Congratulations! You’re awesome leather ‘O’ Ring Bracelet is ready to wear! Yes it was just that easy to make! You did a great job!
Here is how to put it on-
With your ‘O’ Ring on top, take the end with the “cap” and loop it up through the middle of the ‘O’ Ring making a circle. Slide your over wrist, and snap into place! Now go out and enjoy your new accessory! (P.S. Don’t be surprised at all of the compliments you will get when you wear this awesome new piece of jewelry!)
If you love this piece of jewelry, but don’t want to make it yourself, you can visit my Etsy shop (here) to purchase it!
Until Next Time…
*This is post was in no way affiliated with Magnolia Market or Joanna Gaines. It was just inspired by her great sense of fashion!*