Tuesday, November 15, 2011

diy: leather pendant


This short and sweet post over at OutsaPop Trashion was a good kick in the pants for me.  DIY has lately become widely seen as a “movement” and a serious form of fun and self-expression, and that's great, obvs.  But, more than that, it can also really empower us to reduce consumption in so many aspects of our lives, major and minor.  Not to get preachy or anything (eh, too late).  In any case, there’s so much good crafting material out there that doesn’t require any new production, and it’s extra satisfying to repurpose it to make something that we'll use and love.



I knocked out this simple pendant while sidetracked from crafting a late-to-the-party leather collar (soon to be blogged).  This is a nice little project for using up scrap leather (here, from a thrifted leather skirt), and it just takes a few minutes.




Materials:
- A piece of scrap leather, several inches long
- Xacto knife or sharp scissors
- Chain necklace



1. Cut out three strips of leather.  The pieces I cut were about 5 inches long and about ¼ inch wide.  Cut the ends at an angle and/or vary the length of each piece slightly if you like.




2.  Cut another strip of leather, which will be used to tie the other pieces together.  Mine was about 1/8 inch wide and 7 inches long.




3. Take each of the wide strips and fold them in half (with the “raw” side in).  Lay them alongside each other, the folded ends lined up, on top of the thin strip.  Wrap the ends of the thin strip around the bundle several times, and knot once or twice. 




4. Make sure you tie the ends securely, leaving just a bit of room so that you can slide the wrapped leather up and down a little.  String your chain through the three loops, adjusting the size of the loopholes as needed, and you're done.

So many leather-scrap projects on the brain these days, so check back for more soon.  I'm not gonna lie - that leather skirt is a game-changer!   If you’re struck by any inspiration for leather projects, please share!

24 comments:

  1. cute! and I hear you about reducing consumption. I cringe when I think about how dropping a lot of money on new materials to DIY is not that far off from buying something new ready-made. It's something I'm trying to work on too. I really appreciate your insight!
    Erin @ www.thanksimadeitblog.com

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  2. This is such a cute addition.. I can see this making so many simple tops more cute. xx

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  3. Oh my god!! The cutest necklace ever!! Such a great idea!

    Caitlin
    www.my-grandmothers-gucci.blogspot.com

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  4. ok so this pendant is the cutest thing ever, I can't believe you made it! bravo

    <3 Alison
    alisonscampusfashion.blogspot.com

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  5. wauw what a nice necklace. love it
    also very nice blog.
    pls look also at mine and becoe a friend if you like

    XO, Carmen
    www.mydailyfashiondosis.blogspot.com

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  6. amazing :)

    www.pinklemonincrystal.blogspot.com

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  7. I actually really love the leather collar, i can't wait to see that lesson!
    www.indramaticfashion.com

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  8. omg i love DIYs.. this is a great idea. Love it

    I'm your newest follower. looking forward to see more posts from you.

    www.thesanktuary.blogspot.com

    kisses

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  9. Great DIY! Glad I found your blog- I'm following on Bloglovin'

    ♥ Gina Michele
    CrochetClouds.com

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  10. That is very cute!! I need to do some DIY's and this one looks easy enough. Their is a giveaway on my blog I think you will love, please pass by to enter!

    -V

    http://stylishlyme.com

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  11. I LOVE This DIY tassel necklace. It looks soooo chic and Givenchy approved! Totally aMAAAZZZING babe! and it has such an edge!
    kisses
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

    www.BeckermanBitePlate.com

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  12. Adorable and cool post. Take some time to visite my blog.

    http://Paquetevistasbien.blogspot.com

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  13. Youre soooo creative! I love it, It's beautiful! I need to make stuff!!!

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  14. I think you have an amazing amazing blog. This post is one of my favourite yet!Follow each other? :)

    XO,
    Lucija
    WLL

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  15. What an adorable idea! I love the simplicity of it, but I'm quite sure it would cost something around the lines of $30 at any store! So cute and easy to make :D

    Aya ♥ Strawberry Koi

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  16. Such a great idea! I am one of your followers now :) Come by the-wardrobe-stylist.blogspot.com :)

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  17. found your blog on a post from "thanks, I made it"
    thanks to erin!
    great post and great DIY ideas!

    xx
    LEny

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  18. How nice idea. Looks cool:)
    Folowing you back!

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