Blog hop: {DIY Handmade Gifts} + 15 Handmade Christmas Ideas

Today I’m  participating with 15 other bloggers on a Handmade Christmas blog hop. I’m honored to be part of this project! Please read about my blog hop experience below and don’t forget to check out the 15 amazing handmade ideas all the blog hop participants designed to share with you!


kraft&mint Blog Hop Handmade Gifts Tutorial for white leather bracelet

Hello! A couple of months ago, lovely Havala from “Sisters, What!” blog invited me to be part of the “Handmade Gifts” Blog hop. I love creative exercises such as this. The only “rule” for the bloggers participating in the blog hop was to make a handmade gift.

So I went for it and designed a simple leather bracelet with a “statement” stone. Ever since my first project using leather, I’m semi in-love with this material and crafted a couple of leather accessories.

Please take a look at the tutorial I’ve put together for you. With the right tools, this bracelet is very easy to put together. Even if you haven’t made a piece of jewelry before, if you can measure and cut a few strips of leather, you are well on your way to making these bracelets.

kraft&mint Blog Hop Handmade Gifts Tutorial for white leather bracelet


You will need a soft leather hide in white, statement stone beads, white leather cord, pliers, crafting glue and long silver pins. Begin by cutting 12 inches by 2 inches rectangles of white leather. Cut rectangles in four strips, (1/2 inch wide). Fold the ends of the strip and make a hole with a screw punch. Apply glue between the folded “ends” of the strips. Put these aside and let glue dry for an hour or so.

Put a pin through a statement stone bead and make and twist the pin to create a small “loop.”  The top of the pin has a “loop” already, so once you twist the other end of the pin you’ll have a “loop” on each end. Set your stone bead aside.

Measure six inches of white leather cord and put it through one end of the leather strip’s hole and one end of the bead’s loop. Make a knot and secure knot with glue. Repeat the same process with the other bead’s “loop” and leather strip.

 Enjoy your new creations and maybe keep one for yourself?

One of the most fun parts of giving is making your gift pretty

Now I need to decide who should I give these to ;)kraft&mint Blog Hop Handmade Gifts Tutorial for white leather braceletThank you Havala for putting this blog hop together! I’m honored to be sharing my craft alongside super creative and talented crafters/bloggers!

Go check out all the amazing projects created by these wonderful bloggers ;)

  1. Romantic Stamped Clay Pendant – Whistle and Ivy
  2. Handmade Rustic Coaster – Making It To The Mountains
  3. DIY Key Holder – Hawthorne and Main
  4. DIY Tea Towels – Meet the B’s
  5. Family Memory Card Game – Sum of Their Stories
  6. Texture Infinity Scarf – Persia Lou
  7. DIY Felt Stuffie – Feathers Flights
  8. Bow Earwarmers – The Cwafty Blog
  9. DIY Copper Pipe Tray – Upcycled Treasures
  10. DIY Gold Accented Trinket Trays – For My Love Of
  11. Burberry Bag – Delineate Your Dwelling
  12. DIY Bracelet – Kraft and Mint
  13. DIY Miniature Wall Hangings – The Gathered Home
  14. Leather Accented Cutting Boards – Sisters, What!
  15. Hand Painted Recipe Box – Anderson and Grant

I’m sharing this post with these fab blogs:

Carissa Miss

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  1. 2014/09/30 / 8:04 pm

    I love leather and this is the perfect accent to any outfit

    • 2014/10/02 / 3:28 am

      Hello Corinna, thank you for stopping by my blog :) I hope I’ve inspired you to make this bracelet :) I love wearing mine ;)

  2. 2014/10/01 / 4:43 am

    What a fun gift idea! I love the stones and the leather together and your packaging is adorable as well :)

    • kraftmint
      2014/10/01 / 5:37 pm

      Thank you Brynne! The packaging are matchbox boxes :) thank you for stopping by ;)

  3. 2014/10/01 / 5:11 pm

    So elegant and modern. I’m sure I have a bead or two around the place that might just NEED to be made into an elegant and modern bracelet! I am reading this right aren’t I, you have 2 strips of leather per bracelet and tie them to fasten?

    • 2014/10/01 / 5:24 pm

      Hello Julie, yes! That is all a bead and the leather strips ;) be sure to get a very soft leather so it is easy to tie around your wrist :) SO excited you’ll make this!!! :)

  4. 2014/10/01 / 9:25 pm

    These would make such an amazing gift. They really have a look that will fit into any style. Nice job!

    • kraftmint
      2014/10/02 / 3:27 am

      Hello Jamie! Thank for stopping by and lovely feedback on this craft ;) I’m inspired to make some more and give these to a few girlfriends :)

      • 2014/10/03 / 7:44 pm

        Thank you so much for linking up to our party this week Ursula!

  5. 2014/10/02 / 11:14 pm

    This is so pretty! I love the stones!

    • kraftmint
      2014/10/06 / 2:41 am

      Hello Amy,
      I love the stones too and now I’m looking for my receipts to find out where I got them ;) I’d like to make more of these ;) Thank you so much for stopping by :)

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