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DIY Leather Ornaments – Mini Christmas Tree with Wood Beads

These DIY leather ornaments fit right in with the modern farmhouse home decor style and are such a great budget-friendly Christmas craft! This easy to follow tutorial will walk you through how to make this leather ornament that looks like a mini Christmas tree with wood beads.

This leather ornaments tutorial contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t wholeheartedly recommend anyway! Read my full disclosure here.

If you’ve been following for a while, you know that I’ve got a whole boat load of leather that I got for FREE sitting in my garage (yes, that’s right. I said free. Find out how in this post).

I’ve been busy coming up with ways to use leather like these leather keychains and leather bookmarks, which I made as DIY Christmas gifts this year.

Just when I thought I was done with the leather this season, it dawned on me….as I was making tons of my homespun fabric Christmas ornaments for my Etsy shop…I could DIY leather ornaments!!! Genius, right?

After doing some research, I found a lot of really cute leather ornaments for sale and realized that I could totally make those myself. I do that all the time, you too?

I guess that’s just the DIYer in my blood. I’m always seeing things in stores that I know I could make at home (and have a ton of fun doing it…).

One of the perks of being Making Manzanita readers is that I always show you how to make it as well. Teaching you how to DIY is my favorite thing in the world, so thanks for joining in the fun and making it possible for me to create with you.

UPDATE: See below for a replay of my live video tutorial for this project!

Are you ready to make leather ornaments or what?!?

Craft supplies like rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, cutting mat, scissors, wood beads and leather flat lay on table

Supplies for leather ornaments:

Large piece of brown leather laying on a cutting mat with a long 1 inch wide strip cut in the leather with a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler laying on table

Step 1: Cut strip of leather.

You will need one piece of leather about 1/2” wide and 18” long. To get nice straight cuts, I like using my rotary cutter for this.

Hand holding down strip of brown leather folded up like a mini christmas tree while making a leather ornament

Step 2. Fold up leather.

Next, fold up your leather in the general shape of the tree (getting smaller as you fold up). The base of my tree is about 3 inches wide and the top was about 1/2 inch wide.

Making a mark in the leather strip folded up on table to make a leather ornament for christmas tree
Punch holes in leather to make leather ornaments

Step 3. Punch holes in leather.

If you’re using the same measurements as me (1/2” x 18”), then this part will be easy for you because I write down the measurements at which you should punch your holes (see below bullet points), but if your ornament is going to be smaller or larger than me, this is how I did it.

Punch a hole in the middle of the top piece on your folded up tree. Then, using a mechanical pencil (or pen), make a mark through hole on the to next layer of leather underneath.

If you are having a hard time seeing the pencil on the dark leather like I did, if you push hard enough, there will be a little indent so you know where to punch the hole.

Then, peel back the layer with the hole and punch a hole where you marked with the pencil.

Continue this steps until you’ve made it all the way down to the bottom of the tree with your holes punched.

Leather strip with holes punched in it laying next to an acrylic ruler to show location of holes

If you are making yours 1/2” x 18”, you can just punch your holes on these measurements on the strip of leather. This will make it easier for you!

  • 3/8” is where your first hole should be punched
  • 1  1/4” is where your 2nd hold should be punched
  • 2  7/8”
  • 5”
  • 7  1/8”
  • 9  7/8”
  • 12  7/8”
  • 16  3/8”
Wood beads being strung on waxed string with strip of leather on tabletop with various craft supplies on table next to it
Wood beads and strip of leather strung together on waxed string to make mini christmas tree ornament

Step 4. Thread twine through beads and leather.

Starting at the bottom of the tree, add a wood bead to your twine and then push the waxed twine through the first hole in the leather. Next, add another wood bead, fold the leather over and push through the next hole in the leather.

Continue this process until you’re at the very top of the tree. Add more bead on top of the last piece of leather.

Showing wooden beads and leather on string to create leather christmas ornament

Step 5. Secure beads and twine on the bottom.

Next, cut off the twine so you have about 8 inches to spare at the bottom. Add more more bead to the twine and then loop the twine around the bottom bead and up through the top bead (coming from the bottom) as shown in the photos above.

Pull the twine to tighten and secure with a knot. Cut off extra twine.

Showing detail of top for leather and wood beads on mini christmas tree ornament
Leather christmas ornament laying on white table top

Step 6. Secure top bead.

Cut off the twine so you have about 10 inches to spare at the top of the mini Christmas tree.

Take the end of the twine and loop it back through the wood bead coming from the bottom as shown in the photo above. Pull the twine to tighten.

Finished leather christmas ornament made with scrap leather, wood beads and waxed string laying flat on white tabletop

Step 7 . Knot the loop of twine.

Lastly, just put a knot in the loop of twine directly above the top bead. This will make a nice and simple hanger for your ornament.

I just love how this leather ornament turned out! I love the modern farmhouse look to the DIY leather ornaments. Fits right in on the backdrop of our new shiplap wall in the living room.

Scandinavian leather ornament with wood beads hanging on a green pine christmas tree

The other great part about this Christmas craft is how budget friendly these DIY leather ornaments are! The only thing that I had to go out and purchase were those wood beads and they were only a couple bucks!

Cheap and simple Christmas DIYs are the name of the game this time of year. I’m way too busy right now anything more complicated than this!

Leather ornament sitting on white table with text overlay that says DIY leather ornament with wood beads
Minimalist DIY christmas tree ornament hanging in real christmas tree with lights with text overlay that says christmas tree ornament with leather and wood beads

I’ve got one more fun DIY leather ornament tutorial up my sleeve that I can’t wait to show you tomorrow (UPDATE: see how the other leather ornament turned out!)

Here’s a live replay of my live video tutorial for this project.

How To Make DIY Leather Ornaments

How To Make DIY Leather Ornaments

Yield: 1
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $15

These DIY leather ornaments fit right in with the modern farmhouse home decor style and are such a great budget-friendly Christmas craft! This easy to follow tutorial will walk you through how to make this leather ornament that looks like a mini Christmas tree with wood beads.

Materials

Instructions

  1. Cut strip of leather approximately 1/2" wide and 18" long.
  2. Fold up leather in the shape of Christmas tree gradually getting smaller near the top.
  3. Punch holes in leather in the middle.
  4. Thread twine through beads and leather. Put one bead in between each piece of leather.
  5. Secure beads and twine on the bottom.
  6. Secure top bead.
  7. Knot the loop of twine.

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