Hand Painted Leather Headband (A Tutorial)

I ordered a bunch of Angelus leather paints from Dharma Trading recently and nothing made of leather in my house is safe now!

I found these little hair clips recently that my mother made for me when I was little…and loved the hand painted details she added.


I was inspired to try and hand paint something of my own for Boo.

Step 1: I took some scrap leather (you can find pieces at fabric stores and craft stores…or you can cut up an old purse/shoes/jacket etc to salvage pieces)……


……and cut the leather into several strips:


I also cut out 2 leather flowers….the largest one is about 1.25″ at its widest point:

Step 2: I took a small paint brush and cut off most of the bristles so it would paint small details easily:


Step 4: I painted some small “swoops” to resemble vines:


Step 5: I added small details like little leaves and little dots for small flowers….


…until I felt it was finished:

Step 6: I allowed the paint to dry thoroughly. To darken and soften the leather I used a technique that I used to break in all my horse bridles and saddles and to keep them clean and supple. I took some olive oil…..


…..and brushed the leather with a light coat.


Step 7: Once the oil had a chance to soak in, I put some Murphy’s Oil Soap onto a wet rag and wiped down the leather to remove any excess oil residue:


Step 8: I let the leather dry completely and then used a tiny hole punch to add holes at the end of the pieces:


Step 9: Using DMC thread, I stitched the pieces together end to end….


….in a simple “X” pattern:


Step 10: I stitched the flowers using the same type of thread:


Step 11: I stitched 1/4″ elastic (I would have used black but all I had was white) to the bottom of each end of the headband. I wrapped thread around the stitches to cover them:



The finished headband!


Now to find something else to paint :)

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