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Painted Leather Shoelace Accessories

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With this tutorial you can make bohemian-inspired accessories using ordinary leather shoelaces.We make a shorter version of the headband resulting in a bracelet. You could also make a belt, keychain…so many options just by varying the length of the braid.


Here’s what you need
Leather Paints
Leather “latigo” laces (1/8″ wide)
Sueded laces (these come in a variety of colors)
3mm beads (used 3mm silver plastic pearl beads)
Ribbon clamps
Soft leather trim (you can purchase this at a craft store or upcycle from an old purse or jacket)
Waxed cotton cord (these come in a variety of colors)


Step 1: Paint the leather laces using the leather paint.

Note: use a light coat so that some of the original leather color show through to give it a distressed look.

Paint both pieces and allow to dry for about 15 minutes.


Step 2: Cut two long pieces of waxed cord and sandwich them together between the 2 leather pieces and apply your ribbon clamp.


Step 3: Draw out a few flowers onto the soft leather trim piece.


Cut them out using detail scissors.


Step 4: Punch a small hole into the center of each leather flower (you can also punch a hole through using a small nail and a hammer).


Step 5: Take one piece of the waxed cord and place it through one of the flowers. Follow the flower with a bead.


Τhread the cord back through the hole in the flower. Work the cord through the bead and flower until it is flush with the top of the clamp. The bead will keep the flower in place:


Step 6: (this might get a little confusing but once you see all the photos it will start to make sense.) With the flower in place, follow the flower with 2 more beads. Take the 2nd piece of waxed cord and wrap it around the back left of the 2 leather pieces.


The 2nd cord piece will go under the 1st cord piece with a single bead settling on either side as shown. The 2nd cord piece then wraps around to the back again and to the other side where it began, going under the 1st cord piece:


Step 7: You will repeat Step 6 over and over again and the top will look like this:


The back will begin to look like this.


Step 8: Whenever you want to add a leather flower just add it onto the 1st cord piece instead of the 2 beads, follow the flower with one bead.


Thread the cord back through the same hole like the first one you did. Continue the beading and braiding as in Step 6.


Step 9: Once your braid is as long as you want it, tie off the cord.


Αdd a ribbon clamp to the end making sure to secure both pieces of leather and the 2 pieces of cord:


Step 10: Tie a piece of suede lace to each ribbon clamp.


You can also decorate the suede lace with a bead if you don’t want to tie it directly to the clamp.


A finished braided leather bracelet….made from latigo laces!

via lilblueboo

See also:

Credit-Card Bracelet

Make It In 30: DIY Painted Wood Bangles

5 Minute Sliding Knot Bracelets

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