Leather Tag Bracelet Tutorial DIY


I’m doing much better with my efforts to wear more interesting outfits and accessories. I’m also doing better at putting on make-up in the morning.

I should qualify – I’m putting on make-up about two to three times a week. I’m putting on cute outfits when I leave the house which is also two to three times a week.


There are some really hot moms of 4+ kids in my neighborhood. I really don’t know how they do it. Maybe there’s an apprentice-ship that I could apply for?

One of my neighbors came over the other week to help me shoot some DIYs. We made this little leather tag bracelet and a wood and leather bracelet (tutorial to come next week). They were quick and fun. I’d say both were perfect for a range of skill levels. You could have one of these finished in about 15-20 minutes. Let’s get started, shall we?



  • veggie tan or latigo leather scraps, 2-3 oz thickness
  • watercolors
  • olive oil
  • brushes
  • hole punch
  • rubber mallet (Don’t mind that I spelled it wrong in the image. Oops!)
  • rivets
  • rivet setter
  • scissors
  • jump rings
  • chain
  • pliers
  • clasps (optional)



Cut out the tags according to the template (provided here).

Punch holes in the marked areas.


Insert rivets and set into place.


Add jump rings and chain. For quick on-and-off, measure the leather and chain around the largest part of your hand. cut it to size. If you plan to add a clasp, measure the chain to the widest part of your wrist.


You can choose to keep your leather plain or decorate it with watercolor (for non-treated leathers) or fabric paint (for any other leather). If you use watercolor, set the pigment with a little bit of olive oil (I’ve heard baby oil works, too).


Voila! Add charms for more adorable-ness.

This tutorial/freebie is free for personal use and should not be distributed/republished without my consent. Altering the file NOT ALLOWED. If you would like to use this tutorial for commercial purposes, pleaseĀ email me. Thanks!

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    1. Kristin H says:

      Love it! I need to start working with leather – although, I might just end up burying me nose in it and inhaling. The start of school has made me up the ante with getting ready. As much as I love yoga pants, I really need to move past the “i just had a baby” slouchy stage of life.

    2. Celeste says:

      I love that your “boring outfits” are my “every day” outfits. You’ve inspired me to push myself, though. I can dress more interestingly!

    3. jb says:

      You’re kidding right? You are totally gorgeous & always look cool, you have 2 littlies & work full-time hours & have more creativity in your little toe than most people will have in a lifetime…and you want to be an appretice. I suspect said neighbours see you as their motherhood guru!! :-)

    4. Well blow me down. I never new you could use watercolours on leather. Ideas building!

    5. Sig!s says:

      I’ve been planning to make leather bracelets recently, just didn’t have the time yet to go leather-shopping. But then it occurred to me: would it be possible to cut out the leather with the silhouette cutter?! Have you ever tried it?
      (I’m on a tight budget so still didn’t buy me one, but that would be an extra argument to spend some good money!)

      • Melissa says:

        Leather is a pretty dense, thick material. Even if you could find a leather that would cut easily, you wouldn’t want to use it for this craft. The L-Letterpress cuts through leather, but I don’t know how cost-effective it is if you’re going to be making your own templates.

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