Friday, April 20, 2012

Leather Tribal Necklace DIY

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!


  1. This looks great, I like making things!! Looks lovely on you!! Happy weekend :) x

  2. Thats an amazing DIY! I loved the result :D

  3. Very cute! Glad you got your butt in gear :)

  4. This turned out nicely...may have to raid the husband's leather stash.

  5. Such a great idea - I adore your blog!


  6. Such a good idea! This looks really cool :)

  7. Nice idea, thanks for sharing!
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  8. que collar más original!!! Me gusta.
    muchas gracias por tu comentario. Besos.

  9. This DIY is really cool. The result turned out great :)


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