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How to Make Trendy Leather Jewelry: 10 Tutorials to Try

Figuring out how to make leather jewelry could be as simple as knotting a leather cord, sure, but there are plenty of other leather techniques and supplies that you can play with. Plus, you can combine your leather jewelry supplies with practically anything — wire and beads, for example — to create unexpected styles.

Want to find out how to make leather jewelry without actually using leather? There are plenty of alternatives out there, including cotton cord and nylon cord. If you’re learning how to make leather jewelry that uses scrap leather, you can easily substitute a faux leather that looks just as nice. 

How to Make Leather JewelryWhen you’re ready to tackle a leather project, here are 10 great leather jewelry tutorials that’ll each you how to make pieces that will stand out — even if you don’t use real leather!

Caged Leather Bracelet Tutorial

Photo via Craftsy member Jodi Bombardier

1. Caged Leather Bracelet

This bracelet is perfect for your cool, edgy friend. With the right color choice, the bracelet could work for both men and women. If this is your first time working with leather or you just need a review, you can get the designer’s FREE tutorial for finishing leather ends. If you don’t want to use real leather, a cotton or nylon cord could easily be substituted here.

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Lord of Leather Wrapped Bracelet

Photo via Craftsy member gunadesign

2. Lord of Leather Wrap Bracelet

No special jewelry making skills are required to create this simple bracelet. Use waxed leather cord, if you’d like, but you could easily substitute other types of cord here, too. Check out the designer’s other photo of the bracelet to see a more casual version.

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Leather Wrap Bracelet Tutorial

Photo via Craftsy member WearMeOutAccessories

3. Leather Wrap Bracelet

Leather is perhaps most famous for its use as a wrap bracelet. This wrap bracelet is super easy; you can make it even if you’ve never made jewelry before. The designer encourages experimenting with different types of beads and leather (including vegan-friendly options) to make each bracelet completely different.

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Flower Bouquet Necklace

Photo via Craftsy member ChaostoGrace

4. Flower Bouquet

Who says leather has to be tough? Here, leather joins forces with a delicate bouquet of flowers made with wire and beads. The flower bouquet was created by Craftsy member ChaostoGrace as a project in the Beading with Wire, Chain & Leather class taught by Candie Cooper.

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Earthy Elegance Wrap Bracelet

Photo via Craftsy member SimpleBPatterns

5. Earthy Elegance Leather Wrap

If you’ve researched leather jewelry before, you probably noticed that a lot of leather cording is simply knotted with overhand knots to secure it. This leather wrap, however, presents finishing that looks professional and neat using your favorite clasp.

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Robins Song Stamped Leather Cuff Bracelet Tutorial

Photo via Craftsy member Abigail’s Bead Design

6. Robin’s Song Stamped Leather Cuff

There are plenty of jewelry techniques you can try with leather — and we’re not just talking about leather cord. This cuff bracelet uses a leather stamping technique to create a beautiful design on a leather fabric. If you’re not sure where to find leather scraps, check your local fabric store. Some sell leather scraps at an affordable cost that are perfect for jewelry.

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Leather and Pearls Bracelet Tutorial

Photo via Craftsy member Jodi Bombardier

7. Leather & Pearls Bracelet

Don’t be afraid to pair leather with unexpected materials. Here, designer Jodi Bombardier paired elegant pearls with her leather to create a surprisingly stylish bracelet. No pearls on hand? Experiment with other beads you have in your stash and see what other combinations you can come up with.

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First Snow Leather Bracelet Tutorial

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8. First Snow Bracelet

You’ll find only the basics in this tutorial. The designer even recommends it as a first project for beginners. You’ll learn how to properly cover the cuff with leather, plus all kinds of options for decorating it. Not a fan of the leather? You can use any fabric you’d like, including denim from an old pair of jeans. This tutorial also comes with instructions for the Celtic Mystery Cuff.

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Highly Strung Bracelet Tutorial

Photo via Craftsy member Mad Monnie Designer Jewellery

9. Highly Strung Bracelet

This leather cord is knotted using the macrame technique that’s simple enough even for beginners. You can even skip the beads and simply create knotted leather cord bracelets if you’d like. Look for leather cord in several different colors for more design options.

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Earthy Elegance Earrings Tutorial

Photo via Craftsy member SimpleBPatterns

10. Earthy Elegance Earrings

These earrings can be made to match the Earthy Elegance Wrap Bracelet pictured earlier, or you can just make them as stand-alone earrings. The instructions include more than 50 photos to help you as you work with beads, leather, pearls and wire.

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3 Comments

butterfield8

I love all these projects! They are both beautiful & inspiring. Thanks Craftsy.

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John Grant

It has been a long time since I’ve read anything so informative and compelling. I’m waiting for the next article from the writer. Thank you.

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