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Easy Leather Craft Ideas and DIYs

Leather is a super cool material; it’s trendy, stylish, durable and easy to work with. I’ve gathered this collection of 45 awesome leather craft ideas to inspire you.

Many of these simple leather DIYs use the smallest scraps or repurposed leather, making them very affordable crafts.

Why Craft with Leather?

  • It makes hand-crafted gifts look expensive.
  • Handmade leather home decor items will last.
  • Leather is a naturally stylish material.
  • It’s versatile and can look sophisticated or Boho.
  • Leather can be carved, painted, moulded and stamped.
  • It doesn’t fray, so there is no need to hem it.
  • The material can be glued or stitched.
  • Leather is easy to cut.
  • Small leather touches can enhance other crafts and DIYs.

Examples of how leather can enhance other crafts include 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 it’s hard to tell the difference between them.

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

Upcycle and repurpose leather from clothing, such as jackets, bags, and belts, to even 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 for 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.

45 Easy DIY Leather Craft Ideas

A fun list of easy to make leather crafts and DIYs. Use faux, real or upcycled leather to make any of these wonderful projects. Some only use the smallest of leather scraps and many would make lovely homemade gifts.

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

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 Sunflowers.com

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.

susan

Wednesday 8th of June 2022

Genious!!!

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 8th of June 2022

Thank you so much!