Fall for DIY: Leather Leaf Charm Necklace

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Finished Leather Leaf Charm Necklace and additional versions

With autumn in full swing, this nature-inspired project will have you layering charms in no time. This necklace allows you to use up scraps and leftover craft supplies, making it a great stash-buster for the new season. Wear it with a long cardigan or a leather jacket for a laid-back, fall-friendly look. (P.S. You can make a key chain version, too!)

Supplies for the Leather Leaf Charm Necklace DIY project

Supplies:

– Scrap cardboard
– Leather scrap(s)
– Fabric scissors
– Rotary leather hole puncher
– Sewing machine (optional) and thread
– Jewelry pliers
– Jump rings: 12mm (1) and 6mm (at least 4)
– Chain
– Embellishments: Metal charm(s), miscellaneous beads, head pin, chain remnants

Preparing cardboard leaf pattern for necklace project

1. Cut a tear drop/leaf shape from a piece of cardboard to determine an ideal pendant size before you cut the actual leather.

Cutting out leather leaf

2. Use the cardboard shape as a guide to cut a leather leaf with the fabric scissors.

Cut out leather leaf to be made into a pendant

Cutting fringe along side of leather leaf

3. Cut 1/4-inch slits along each side of the leather leaf.

Finished leather leaf

4. Separate the slits by bending them away from each other. This adds a little depth and dimension to your leaf.

Using a rotary leather hole punch to create a pendant

5. Punch a hole at the top of the leaf using the rotary leather hole puncher.

Using a rotary leather hole punch to create a pendant

Tip: If the hole does not punch all the way through, flip the leather and punch it again in the same spot.

Adding a stitch down the middle of leather leaf pendant

6. Optional: Sew a straight stitch down the center of the leather leaf for additional detail. Add as many as you like.

Jump ring attached with jewelry pliers

7. Tie the threads and cut away the excess. Add a 12mm jump ring to the punched hole.

Chain remnants used to embellish a pendant

8. Open a 6mm jump ring and add a few chains.

Chain remnants used to embellish a pendant

9. Attach the jump ring to the pendant and close it.

Metal charms used to embellish a pendant

10. Open a 6mm jump ring and add one or more charms.

Metal charms used to embellish a pendant

11. Attach the jump ring to the pendant and close it.

Head pins can be used to turn beads into charms

12. String beads on a head pin.

Head pins can be used to turn beads into charms

13. Trim the head pin with the cutting portion of the pliers so you have about a .25 inch (.64 centimeter) length left.

Head pins can be used to turn beads into charms

14. Bend the length into a loop to complete a beaded charm.

Head pins can be used to turn beads into charms

15. Open a 6mm jump ring and add the beaded charm.

Head pins can be used to turn beads into charms

16. Attach the jump ring to the pendant and close it.

Pendant added to long length of chain

17. Hang the completed pendant from a long strand of chain, measured to your desired length.

Jump ring connecting the ends of a long strand of chain

18. Connect the ends with a 6mm jump ring.

Key chain version of the Leather Leaf Charm Necklace

Bonus: Put a different spin on this project and attach the pendant to a key ring to make an instant key chain!

Finished Leather Leaf Charm Necklace and additional versions

You can take this project in many different directions. The addition of charms and embellishments make each version unique, letting you create a personalized necklace each and every time. What better way to use up those leftover supplies?

Photo credits: Kirsten Nunez

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