Quick Craft: DIY Leather Cuffs

kraft&mint diy leather cuffs

Have you worked with leather materials before? This is my first craft working with leather and a few silver studs. I found my supplies during one of my outings at Ben Franklins in Redmond. If you are familiar with my crafts, I strive to “edit” unnecessary steps and maximize my time and yours! Please take a look below for materials and tutorial. I’m SO excited to wear my new accessories!

Materials & Tutorial

kraft&mint leather cuffs tutorial

I found a new tool from Martha Stewart called “Crafts Screw Punch”. This tool will punch three different sizes of circles on paper, cardboard, foam, fabric, wood and even leather! It is super easy to use. Next, I picked two colors of leather straps (found at Ben Franklins) small bag of silver studs, one silver metallic sharpie, a “galaxy” white marker by American Crafts and two masks. (I used “Mister Huey’s” mask by Studio Calico).

  1. Cut both leather straps 10.5″ inches long.
  2. Set out the rest of materials mentioned above.
  3. Use the pink leather strap and place under the mat (I chose the ampersand shape) and start coloring inside the shape with a silver sharpie.
  4. Use the gray leather strap with the polka dots mat and color inside the circles with the white marker.
  5. Once the ink is dry, use the medium punch circle and punch 2 circles at both end of the straps.
  6. Picture 6 shows how the straps should look.
  7. Fold the strap as a cuff and make sure both set of punched holes overlap together.
  8. Insert the “male” part of the silver stud through both holes and snap the “female” end of the studs inside the cuff. Finally you can use a small hammer to secure both studs.

kraft&mint diy leather cuff in grey

kraft&mint diy leather crafts

This project took about one hour total from start to finish! Though I did spend half and hour trying different markers and colors. What do you think? I hope I have inspired you to create a few accessories for spring! My favorite color is the pink cuff, but I think the polka dots one will go well with any outfit! As always I’m super thankful for you and visiting my blog. If you are not following my blog yet please click on the “follow kraft&mint” button on the right column ;) Spring is finally here! Enjoy this new season!

kraft&mint diy leather cuffs

kraft&mint diy leather "ampersand" cuff in pink


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  1. 2014/03/25 / 2:21 pm

    OK now I wanna make these!!!

  2. 2014/03/27 / 4:36 pm

    Shelly, I hope you do! The leather straps (in many colors) are on sale at my local Ben Franklins ;) Thank you for visiting!

  3. JaneEllen
    2014/03/29 / 9:10 pm

    Love cuffs you made, very cute and colors are great. Hope I can find different colors otherwise will need to die them.
    Guess I’ll have to hope maybe Walmart, HL, Jo-Ann’s or Michaels will have the supplies needed for cuffs. Think granddaughters would love them. Would it look funny for an older person to wear one? I’m 73.
    We don’t have Ben Franklins in western CO. Last I got to shop at one was in Helena, MT. We lived outside Helena and they knew me well. Really miss that store, the selections of anything were up to date and reasonably priced. Wish we lived in MT again.
    Great project. Hope I can find what I need to make some soon. Happy Spring days

    • 2014/03/31 / 11:03 pm

      Hello JaneEllen, your comment made me smile! I think your granddaughters would LOVE the leather cuffs, in fact, you could have them over and do a little “crafter noon” with them ;) I did a quick search for the leather strips I used and haven’t found them online but when I make a run to my Ben Franklins store, I can ask the clerk if they sell them online or where else we could find them ;) I also use Amazon a LOT to find my supplies ;) I find anything similar to what I used, I will let you know :) cheers!

  4. 2014/04/01 / 1:40 pm

    Love these, my girls would love them too! Definitely a must-try!!

  5. 2014/05/01 / 5:57 am

    These are so cool! I love them! I have never seen leather strips before – I am going to keep an eye out for them. Thanks for the inspiration! – Bre @ Average But Inspired

    • 2014/05/01 / 8:47 am

      Thank you Bre! When I saw these at BF , I wanted to buy them all ;) thank you for stopping my blog :)

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