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….
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:
Now to find something else to paint 🙂
Free Pretty Things For You says
ohhh I love love love LOVE THIS!!!
super "vintagie" !!!
Im going to do this!
An Ivory Beauty says
this is a great idea! I love how pretty it came out!
this is so pretty! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!
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very cute : )
Michelle's Style File says
Beautiful blog- love your tutorials.
I never knew you had horses, olive oil it a great trick for the tack .. love the leather headband!
Really cute! :O
Your tutorials make me wanna try everything! Hahaha
Great work! ♥