Fancy Leather Cuffs

(That is quite possibly the lamest title ever)


So, last month when I was in Kentucky for the GE Momsperience, I visited the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.  In the gift shop, there were some gorgeous leather cuffs with flowers made out of gemstones or crystals or something equally fabulous.  The problem?  They were $130.  (I’m sure they were worth every penny, I’m just cheap.  And I lose stuff.)

My versions aren’t *quite* as fabulous as the original, but they’re CHEAP (you could make your own for $5) and easy and I won’t feel bad when I lose misplace one of them.

You’ll need:


A leather cuff (mine came from the leather store, but you can get them at Hobby Lobby as well)
Leather dye (again, mine came from the leather store, but Hobby Lobby carries it)
Some sort of embellishment.  I like these stretchy rings because they’re easy to attach.  Mine came from Claire’s clearance and Rue 21.
Leather “string” to attach the embellishment (mine came from Hobby Lobby)

For the black cuffs, I used leather dye.  You swab it on and then buff it shiny once it dries.


For this one, I brushed the leather with olive oil:


And for this one, I used wood stain:


Once you’ve got your leather the color you want it, decide where you’re going to place your embellishment.  The stretching rings have 4 holes, so I just transferred those over to the cuff.  I (it was totally Macy) made the holes using a hammer and a nail.


There’s probably an actual leather tool for this, but I used what I had on hand.

Tie on your embellishment with the leather string, and you’re good to go!



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  1. Leigh Anne says:

    So very cute! Any thoughts on the leather stain rubbing off on clothes or skin or does it stay put pretty good. I’ve got no experience w/ leather staining but I would love to make these :) Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  2. I love this project! And i also love the different things you used to dye the leather.. clever gal! Great job!

  3. These turned out so cute!!!

  4. Those are great!

  5. A.DOR.A.BLE! I love these! I think a little field trip to Hobby Lobby is in order today! Thanks so much for sharing how you created them!

  6. Oh u r awesome. These cuffs r amazing! Can’t wait to make some, thx so much for tutorial!!!! Xo

  7. ooh! I love these.

  8. Those are super cute! I might have to add these to my ever growing To Do list :)


  9. These are SO gorgeous, Char!!

  10. Char, I love these!!!! I just bought some leather for the boys to stamp and make cuffs out of, but honestly I didn’t think to even try something for myself…I am all over that now. In fact, who knows? I may decide to not even share!


  11. Ca-ute!
    I tried to make some leather cuff using thrift store belts and heavy duty velcro. FAIL!
    Do you have a cropadile? That thing goes through leather like a buttah!

    • I did the same but used large snaps instead, worked great! I also used an old leather belt of my finance’s…love it!

  12. Fantastique!!!!! lame title but totally fabulous cuffs!!! and a great craft for my ten year old who recently said, and I quote “crafts mother? seriously?” This would tweak her interest though I know it. :)

  13. I just love that you used the word Fancy in the title. I like your Fancy Crap.

    They really did come out so cute though! I sort of want the pink flower one, even though I rarely wear jewelry.

  14. Lame title or not, I really like this craft!
    (and I don’t think it’s a lame title)

  15. These are so cute-and stylish. And, might I say ***fabulous!!***

  16. Those are so cute! I think yours turned out fabulous!

  17. Soooo cute Char!! I love them all! I’m going to have to hunt up some leather cuffs!! :)

  18. i haven’t a clue what those $130 cuffs looked like, but there’s no way in hell I pay that much for something I can knock off myself. Ever.
    You’ve done a great job, I’m glad Beverly from FlamingoToes shared your post on FB!

  19. These are too cute..and almost like the ones I have been making.. I hope they sell well for you, I can’t keep up on mine.. Beautiful.

  20. LOVE these bracelets! I have seen them before, but NEVER would have thought to attempt to make my own! Thanks for walking us through all the steps! I am pretty sure I am going to have to run to HobLob and start making these babies ASAP! love, love LOVE them! :)

  21. I love it — very cool

  22. So, so cute!

  23. OH, I so know what I’m making my friends for Christmas this year!!
    Is there any way you can show what you mean by leather “string” and how you attached it to the embelishment? I want to make sure I do them right!! Thanks for the tut and great idea!

  24. These are really fun and inventive.Love this look.(And the name of this blog.It’s right up there with That Dorky Homemade Look!)

  25. Awesome!!! And you just “made” $125!!! :)
    ….oh, and I think the title might be a little misleading to just anyone, but I knew what you meant right away (I mean, I knew what to expect)!!
    Thanks for the nice idea – - I love checking out your blog!

  26. Rebecca Cooper says:

    so pretty Char! :)

  27. Hello. I am in the process of making cuffs as well. But Iam having issues in figuring out how to secure the items. I use a wire and thread, but what do you do on the inside so the wires doesn’t come undone and poke you.
    Thanks for you insight.

    • Char @ Crap I've Made says:

      I used a softer leather thread. I managed to tie it on the outside of the cuff under the embellishment as well.

  28. These are great! I’ve shared them with my bride readers linking them back to your site for the whole tutorial and for more fun stuff to make! I so love the title of your blog (I sure manage to make some stuff that is ‘just crap” but these definitely aren’t! TY!

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