5 Super Cute DIY Leather Friendship Bracelet Ideas

Curly Made
by Curly Made
28 Materials
10 Minutes

Learn how to make these 5 styles of easy leather friendship bracelets to give to your friends or to keep for yourself!

Each DIY bracelet should only take 5-10 minutes. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Scissors 
  • Glue
  • Measuring tape
  • Clipboard 
  • Curved and straight pliers
  • Ribbon bracelet-
  • 40” leather cord 
  • 2 pieces of thin ribbon of different colors, 30” each 
  • 1 Button
  • Pearl bracelet-
  • 20” leather cord 
  • Wire
  • Pearl bead 
  • 2 Crimp ends
  • Lobster clasp
  • Chain
  • Twisted bracelet-
  • 35.5” leather cord
  • 2 Crimp ends
  • Lobster clasp
  • Chain
  • Knotted bracelet-
  • 2 strands of leather, each 20” (preferably 2 colors)
  • 2 Crimp ends
  • Lobster clasp
  • Chain
  • Leather and chain bracelet-
  • 20” leather cord
  • Ball chain
  • 2 Crimp ends
  • Crochet Thread
  • Lobster clasp
  • Chain
Setting up ribbon bracelet DIY

Ribbon bracelet

1. Set it up

Fold 40” of leather cord in half and use a clipboard to hold it in place. Next, grab 2 ribbons, each 30”, and tie them together at the top of the cord. Make sure to leave enough space for the button closure.

2. Weave the ribbons

Take both ribbons and weave them over one cord, and then over the other (See video 2:00-2:12). Adjust the ribbons as you go to make sure that both colors are showing. 

3. Tie and add a button

Once the bracelet is long enough, tie the ribbon around the leather.

Weaving ribbon

Then, thread the cords through the button, make a knot and cut the excess cord. 

Cutting excess cord

Lastly, cut the excess ribbon and apply a drop of glue to the ribbon ends. This ensures that they don’t come apart and prevents fraying.

Gluing ribbon ends

Your first leather friendship bracelet is ready!

Completed ribbon friendship bracelet

Pearl bracelet

1. Cut the cord

Cut your 20” leather cord in half and set aside. 

Cord for DIY friendship bracelet

2. Cut the wire and add the pearl bead

Using pliers, cut a small piece of wire, about 1.5-2” and thread it through the pearl bead. Now, bend the wire at a 90° angle.

Bent pearl wire

3. Create two loops

With the pliers, wrap the wire in the opposite direction to create a loop. 

Looped wire

Do the same for the other side.

Looped wire

4. Thread the cords

Thread one piece of cord through each loop and bend them. 

Cord attached to pearl bead

5. Cut excess 

Measure on the wrist and cut the excess cord.

Measuring cord around wrist

6. Attach clasp pieces

Put a drop of glue at the end of one side of the cords and apply your first crimp end.

Attaching crimp end

Close it with a plier and repeat for the other side. 

Attaching crimp end

Using your pliers, attach a small piece of chain to one of the crimp ends for the option of adjusting the size later. 

Attaching crimp end

Adding jump ring

Attach one jump ring and the clasp to the other crimp end. 

Adding jump ring

Here’s the DIY leather and pearl bracelet:

Completed DIY leather and pearl bracelet

Twisted bracelet

1. Divide your cord into 4

Grab a 35.5” piece of cord and cut it into 4 equal parts. 

Cutting cord

2. Attach a crimp end

Attach the ends of one bunch of the cords to a crimp end using a dot of glue. Close it with pliers.

Attaching crimp end

3. Adjust and twist

Cut the cords to fit your wrist. Then, make the twist by bringing 2 of the cords to the opposite side.

Attaching crimp end

4. Attach the second crimp end

Make sure the other ends are even. Then, secure with another crimp end with glue, pressing with your pliers.

Attaching crimp end

5. Attach the clasp and chain

Lastly, attach a jump ring, clasp and chain, and you’re done!

Attaching jump ring

Here’s the twist leather bracelet:

Completed DIY twist leather bracelet

Knotted bracelet

For this bracelet, use leather cords of two different colors for contrast. 

1. Cut and loop

Cut each cord in half, then fold each color in each hand, making a loop.

Looped cord

2. Make the knot

Then, thread the black cord through the pink cord.

Knotting cord

Bring the ends of the pink cord through the black loop. 

Looping pink cord through black cord

Pull them loosely.

Loosely pulling cord

3. Adjust and attach clasp pieces

Measure on your wrist and cut the excess cord. Then attach the crimp ends with a dot of glue and pliers.

Attaching crimp ends

Then add the jump ring. Add the second crimp end, chain and clasp on the other side. 

Completed DIY knotted leather bracelet

Now your fourth leather bracelet is complete!

Completed DIY knotted leather bracelet

Leather and chain bracelet 

1. Cut cords and add one crimp end

Cut a 20” piece of cord in half, then attach a crimp end to one side.

Attaching crimp end

2. Cut and attach thread

Cut about 35” of thread. 

Cutting cord

Tie the thread at the top of the leather cord. 

Tying thread at top of cord

3. Tie on the ball chain, then wrap

Tie in the same place a small piece of ball chain, making the knot in between the first and second ball.

Adding ball chain

Now, wrap the thread around the bracelet, making sure the chain sits between the two leather cords.

Wrapping thread around bracelet

Once you’ve reached the end, tie the thread. 

Wrapping thread around bracelet

4. Attach closure pieces

Cut the excess thread and cord, then attach the crimp ends and closure pieces (you’re an expert now!).

Attaching closure pieces

And it’s done! 

Completed leather and chain bracelet

5 DIY leather friendship bracelets

What do you think? I really like how these leather friendship bracelets turned out.

I’m a fan of the minimalistic style. Let me know in the comments below which one is your favorite! Who do you plan to gift these DIY bracelets to?

Suggested materials:
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  • Glue
  • Measuring tape
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