Top 4 Ways to Craft with Leather Scraps! | Upcycled

A handmade blue leather keychain with a brass owl button sits on a pile of other handmade leather keychains made from leather scraps.

If you’re a part of the upcycling community or a DIY enthusiast, you know how satisfying it is to turn leftover materials into something beautiful and functional. Leather scraps are a perfect example.

These small pieces might seem like a waste, but with a bit of creativity, they can turn into fantastic projects that crafters of all ages and skill levels can enjoy. Here are four of the best craft ideas to use up leather scraps.

1. Make Custom Hair Accessories with Leather Scraps

One creative idea is to turn your leather scraps into stylish custom hair accessories. This is a great project for beginner crafters or kids. Try making leather bow clips, faux flower hair ties, or a leather headband.

Cut your leather into the desired shapes, secure them with hot glue, and attach them to your alligator clips or elastic bands. You’ll have chic hair accessories that are both eco-friendly and fashionable.

2. Create a Personalized Keychain

Leather keychains are fun ways to personalize your keys, backpack, or handbag. Additionally, you can make tassel keychains, simple loop keychains, or name initial keychains. They’re perfect as party favors or a creative way to label spare keys.

Cut your leather into your desired shapes, like your first initial or a star. Then, attach the keyrings with rivets and use hot glue where needed. Decorate the keychains with craft paint, embroidery thread, or glitter for an extra special touch. This easy craft is perfect for kids and adults alike.

3. Design a Pet Collar

Why not make a custom collar for your dog or cat using scrap leather? It’s a sustainable way to treat your pet and a fun project to tackle. Similarly, the process of making a collar is like making a belt. Keep in mind that pet collars require a few extra supplies to ensure they are safe and functional.

To make a leather pet collar, measure your pet’s neck, cut the leather to size, and attach the buckle and D-ring using rivets. Additionally, you can customize it with your pet’s name or other decorations to make it truly unique.

4. Make a Set of Leather Coasters with Leather Scraps

A set of leather coasters is a perfect housewarming gift and a great way to use up those leather scraps. First, cut out pieces of leather using an existing coaster to guide you. While the most popular shapes are round or square, feel free to be creative!

Then, use a leather punch to make holes around the edge. To add some flair to each coaster, sew a border using a different color of thread for each one. This simple yet elegant craft looks great and protects your furniture from water marks.

With a bit of creativity and some basic craft supplies, you can transform leather scraps into beautiful, functional items. Whether you’re making hair accessories, keychains, pet collars, or coasters, these are some of the best craft ideas to use up leather scraps. You’ll be surprised at what you can create!

What Else Can You Upcycle?!

Upcycled DIYs and Crafts are my favorite. There is something so rewarding about repurposing and giving things a new life. Here are some of my Upcycled DIYs and Crafts that you easily can do too!

I would love to see what you make! Comment below or message me on Instagram @tiffanie.anne!

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