I've decided to get my butt in gear and try to do at least one DIY a month, hopefully this will help me get through my never ending list.
This leather necklace is one I've been meaning to do for a while, great timing for spring!
You will need:
Leather - I had this deer leather from a leather shop, but you can get bags of scrap leather from craft stores for cheap and usually with a variety of colors.
Leather needle - these are special and have an extra sharp tip to cut through the leather.
Beads - I actually found this necklace at VV for a buck, but I've seen great beads even at the dollar store these days.
Decide on the length you want the pieces of leather, I just eye balled it not wanting my pieces to be too perfect and then cut the pieces making them wider at the top where you will thread the elastic through. I also used my scissors to make my holes slightly bigger after making a hole with my leather needle since my elastic was bigger than my needle and couldn't be threaded through the needle! A minor oversight I won't forget in the future....
Choose your pattern - I kept it simple and alternated the leather and beads. I think using a couple different colors and then alternating the lengths would also be fun.
Once I had enough of the leather strings I just kept threading the beads. I checked the amount of leather strings I wanted by simply holding up the necklace in front of the mirror and checking how it laid.
And Ta Daaa!!!!
I did go around the necklace and trim a couple of the leather pieces once completed, the center of the necklace strings are slightly longer.
I think I'll do a bracelet variation to go with my awesome new necklace!
Have a great weekend!