Hand Stamped Leather Bracelets (A Tutorial)

Stamped Leather Bracelets - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I made some cute hand stamped leather bracelets today. Boo wanted some friendship bracelets:

Stamped Leather Bracelets - small - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com
And I thought with Mother’s day coming up…..what about some mix and match leather bangles as a gift for a special loved one? Or these would make great party favors:

Stamped Leather Bracelets - all - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I bought the bracelets and alphabet stamp set from the local craft store. You can find larger cuffs here.

Stamped Leather Bracelets - bands and stamps - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com


The other supplies I needed were a sponge and a mallet:

Stamped Leather Bracelets - step1 - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com


The first step is to wipe the leather bracelet with a damp sponge (do not soak it):

Stamped Leather Bracelets - wet leather - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Place the bracelet on a hard surface (I do it on my brick patio) and use the mallet to bit the end of the stamp one or two times with force:

Stamped Leather Bracelets - mallet - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The stamp will leave the letter impression behind:

Stamped Leather Bracelets - H - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Carefully space out all of the letters. Then let the bracelet dry out if it is still damp:

Stamped Leather Bracelets - HOPE - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I use Angelus Leather Paints and Dyes to decorate the bracelets:

Leather Paints - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Just apply a coat of paint with a soft brush:

Painting Hand Stamped Band - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Or apply some dye with a dauber:

Leather Stain - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

To get a distressed look you can wipe some paint off using a damp rag:

Leather Stain Distressed - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Once the paint or dye is dry I use some Kiwi shoe polish to seal and shine the bracelets….or you can use beeswax and then buff the leather to a shine:

Leather Stain Distressed Polish - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

For Boo’s smaller friendship bracelets I cut off both ends of one of the leather bracelets using a box cutter:

Mini Hand Stamped Leather Bracelets - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I don’t have leather tools so I improvised and drilled holes in either end of the bracelet using a household drill:

Adding Hole to Leather Bracelets - DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I bought this colorful sued lace from the craft store for the ties:

Leather Lacing -  DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

A small piece of lace threaded through both sides of the cuff ties it closed:

Leather Lacing with Leather Bracelet -  DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Easy gift ideas for anyone!

Stacked Leather Bracelet -  DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

So many different messages you could stamp onto these:

Stacked Leather Bracelets with Stamped Words -  DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

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  1. Julie says

    Those are adorable! Which craft store are they from? I can’t seem to find anything like it online.

  2. Beth Morrow says

    Adorable…this will be a great project my my gdaughters and me ! Thanks again, I’m still making sock bunnies!

    Love ya,

  3. Liliana says

    Oh my gosh, I love these!!! I need to make them. What a great idea for personalized gifts. You are so talented :)

  4. says

    Showed this to my 21 year old daughter and she loved it! Thank you so much for the tutorial – I want to make this for her tomorrow but not sure what craft stores carry the bracelets?
    So happy to discover your site!!

  5. Reagan says

    Hello! I was wondering what craft store you shop at to find the stamp set.

    Thank you!

  6. says

    These were great! I got my “Choose Joy” bracelets in today. I”m wearing one and so is hubby and I plan on giving them out .. Thank you for the super fast shipping too! :)

  7. Betsy says

    Thank you Ashley! This is fabulous…like you! I received my Choose Joy necklace and it’s beautiful.
    I would love to make a stamped collar for our new puppy Eli. Everyone keeps focusing on the work, my son who is an only child (like his mom) is walking two feet off the ground, he has waited 7 years for a dog. So I was thinking…”Choose Puppy Joy”.
    Thanks Again.

  8. Neringa says

    Hi, could you telll me where you bought alphabet stamp?Sorry for grammatical errors

  9. S :) says

    please let me know where you got the bracelet and stamps! I LOVE them and i want to make!

  10. says

    Thank you for this! My husband and I are involved in roller derby, and this is a neat way to make a personalized bracelet with one’s roller derby name on it. So cute! Also, our Hobby Lobby sells bags of leather scraps for pretty cheap. We got some of those that are the right size and thickness and some snaps, and are now able to make the bracelet blanks ourselves too. Nice if you want a certain length/width that doesn’t come ready-made. When I have the time I’m going to check out your other tutorials. Love your blog!