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48 Easy Leather Projects: Inexpensive Crafts That Look Luxurious

Are you looking to delve into leather crafting? We’ve gathered simple projects perfect for beginners. Learn the art of moulding, shaping, and tooling leather to create functional and decorative items!

Leather holds a fascinating appeal. It combines trendiness and style with durability and ease of use, making it an ideal material for crafts. This carefully curated compilation of 48 easy leather project ideas aims to ignite your creative spark.

Engaging in leather craft offers a delightful experience, with the material’s versatility opening up many possibilities. From functional to ornamental, leather allows for an array of designs to be crafted easily and with finesse.

A significant advantage of these leather DIY projects is their cost-effectiveness. Many utilize small scraps or repurposed leather, making them an affordable craft option and a sustainable one. Let’s dive into this amazing world and see what we can create together!

10 Reasons For Crafting with Leather?

  1. Leather’s natural beauty makes it an attractive material for crafting, and it comes in various colours and textures.
  2. It makes hand-crafted gifts look expensive.
  3. Leather is a sturdy and long-lasting material. Handmade leather home decor items will last.
  4. Leather is a naturally stylish material.
  5. It’s versatile and can look sophisticated or Boho.
  6. Leather can be carved, painted, moulded and stamped.
  7. It doesn’t fray, so there is no need to hem it.
  8. The material can be glued or stitched.
  9. Leather is easy to cut.
  10. Small leather touches can enhance other crafts and DIYs.

Leather can enhance other crafts, including adding handles to wooden chopping boards or upcycled cookie tins and pulls to mini drawers.

Leather looks good when used with wood crafts and denim upcycles.

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What Leather To Use and Where To Get It

It doesn’t matter whether you use faux leather or genuine leather. Many fake leather pieces are so good that they are hard to distinguish.

If you’re a vegan or more concerned about being environmentally friendly, using faux leather is better. You can use upcycled and repurposed leather to enhance your green credentials when using genuine leather.

Upcycle and repurpose leather from clothing, such as jackets, bags, and belts, to old leather sofas. Leather is one of those materials that can age well. It comes in different thicknesses and softness, so make sure you use the right leather for your crafts.

  • Craft stores sell faux leather in a range of colours and sizes. Often this is very soft.
  • Thrift stores (charity shops) are a good source of leather to repurpose and upcycle, both natural and faux.
  • Check out dumpsters too! You can get a lot of material from a dumped old leather sofa.
  • Many leather stores sell scraps at a reasonable price. Bags of real leather scraps can be bought from online stores. Often they are sold by weight.

Unlock Your Creativity with Easy Leather Projects

Experience the wonders of leather with easy DIY projects. From home décor to personal accessories, we offer creative ideas that are both affordable and easy to follow. Start your leather crafting journey now!

Another excellent material to craft is clay; check out these adult air dry clay DIYs.


Thursday 4th of April 2024

Worn-out leather couches are a great source of leather. The rear and sides are usually virgin. The seats and backs are well worn. All are suitable in different ways. Rather than going to the dump.

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 4th of April 2024

Yes, I totally agree. I once stripped a dumped sofa of it's leather for some of my project, I made vases and plant hangers from it.

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Tuesday 14th of June 2022

I saw the post where you share this on FB last week and I am so excited about these idea. Years ago I "inherited" a large amount of leather from an upholstered bed makeover that I have been keeping in my craft room with no idea what to do with it all. I am looking forward to getting started on a few of these projects. Thanks for sharing and this post will be one of the features this week. #HomeMattersParty

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 14th of June 2022

Thank you, I hope you find something you want to make from the list. Leather is really easy to craft with as you can glue it and mold it as well as stitch it.

Allyson @ Southern

Friday 10th of June 2022

So many great ideas and inspiration! I never thought about looking for leather in a thrift store, I'm sure they have a lots of faux. You've got my creative thoughts moving, now! Pinned. Thank you for sharing at "HomeMattersParty.

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 12th of June 2022

Thank you so much. Thrift stores are good for old leather bags and beltss tow use for projects.


Wednesday 8th of June 2022


Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 8th of June 2022

Thank you so much!