DIY Leather & Metal Bow Necklace

by Alicia on June 8, 2011

When I saw the inspiration for this necklace I thought: leather+metal+bow = must DIY!

Gather your supplies: leather (new, recycled, or you could use felt if you abstain from leather), sheet metal (check your hardware store), Super Glue, chain, wire and a jump ring. The tools you’ll need are a pair of tin snips, scissors, leather punch and pliers.

Use your scissors to cut out the leather pieces. You’ll need four pieces: a 8”x3” rectangle, a 3”x ½” rectangle and two “tails” that are 3” long and tapered from ¾” at the top down to 1 ½” at the bottom.

Use the tin snips to start cutting metal pieces in trapezoid shapes for the tails. (Be careful when cutting metal! I recommend wearing safety glasses.) Don’t worry about making them all identical because a little variety adds to the piece. You want them to fit on the leather and leave a visible border of the material around the outside. When you like what you’ve got go ahead and glue them down with the Super Glue.

Build the bow by taking the largest piece of leather and folding the two ends to meet in the center. Pinch the center and wrap with wire to secure. Leave an extra 6” of wire on each end.

Use your leather punch to make a small hole in each end of the 3” x ½“ strip and two holes at the top of each of the tails. Thread one end of the leather strip onto the wires on the bow, wrap it around and then thread the wires through the other hole to secure. Next, add one tails to one of the wires and the other tail to the other wire. Twist the wire to secure, snip off any extra and tuck the ends into the bow.

To add the metal armor pieces to the top part of the bow cut some trapezoid shapes – irregular is okay! To attach them I found Super Glue to be the easiest, but you could also use a screw punch to make holes in the center and sew them on OR rivet them in place.

Finally, open your jump ring and attach your bow to the chain through the wire on the back.

Wear and enjoy!

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bachman's sparrow June 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm

This is SO CUTE! What a beautiful idea :)

xoxo Maria

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Alicia June 13, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Thanks, glad you like it. Not my original idea, but I like how my version turned out!

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Divya N July 23, 2011 at 2:20 am

Looks really bold and chunky

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Mari March 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Absolutely adorable…must try this. Although, I don’t have any metal or leather, so mine will probably be more along the lines of CD and random floral fabric. Haha. You should totally have a store.

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alicia March 3, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Haha, thanks. Use what you’ve got! :)

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