Cut up an old purse to make this gorgeous and easy DIY leather ornament.

Find an old leather purse and turn it into a gorgeous leather ornament! I love the simple, minimalist look that this DIY leather ornament creates, and it’s really easy to make with just some scissors and hot glue!

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I’m really into organic materials with lots of texture. I love the look of leather, shells, raw wood, fur, and felt. Instead of choosing colors I often choose a mix of textures. These leather ornaments could also be made with leather or suede!

It’s so fun to use all these textures when decorating for Christmas. These leather ornaments would look great next to a DIY fur ornament.

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The best part about these ornaments is that they are really inexpensive to make especially if you cut up a leather bag. I love being able to use up unwanted materials to make something beautiful. And saving money is a great benefit!

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Supplies

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DIY Leather Ornament Tutorial

1. Watch the video and then read the tutorial below.

2. Cut up the bag to separate the large leather pieces. (You could cut the handles off and use them for this easy tote bag with leather handles.)

3. Take your “leaf” template and mark the shape of the back of the leather pieces. You’re going to need a lot so do more than you think you’ll need.

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4. Cut out all the leaf shapes. Don’t worry if the shape varies slightly. It’ll add to the character of the ornament.

5. Cut out a 2 inch in diameter circle out of the leather.

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6. Glue the leather circle to the bottom of the glass ornament. Remove the metal part from the top of the ornament.

7. Start gluing the leather leaf pieces on the ornament. The point of the leaf should point down, and they should overlap at least halfway with the pieces below them. You want to cover all the glass.

DIY Leather Ornament Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

8. Keep glue the leather leaf pieces all the way around and up the glass ornament.

DIY Leather Ornament Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

6. At the top glue the pieces so that the straight edge lines up with the hole. 

DIY Leather Ornament Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

7. Put the metal piece back onto the top of the ornament.

DIY Leather Ornament Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

8. If your purse has a tassel on the zipper then carefully remove it. Tie it in a square knot around the metal loop at the top of the ornament.

DIY Leather Ornament Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

9. Add a ribbon loop to the ring and you have finished!

DIY Leather Ornament Tutorial // heatherhandmade.com

Hang it on your tree to enjoy! If you make something using DIY leather ornament tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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