Are y’all ready for Christmas? I can’t believe it’s so soon! I thought that I was completely on track, but last week, something happened that really threw us all off course. My daughter broke her elbow! It’s been a crazy week, and not a whole lot was accomplished between the ER visit, x-rays, doctors visits, and helping a 10 year old adjust to life with one hand.
Finally, at the end of last week I had a chance to get my Cricut Secret Santa gift in the mail, and now, one week after the break, I have a chance to post about it!
My secret santa partner was Brooke at Brooklyn Berry Designs. Thankfully all of the wait time at the doctors and hospitals gave me the chance to thoroughly investigate her blog and pinterest boards so I could think of a perfect project. My final idea was inspired by this pin that I found on one of her pinterest boards – and thought it was so doable since the Cricut Explore cuts leather… and since I hadn’t had the opportunity to cut leather yet, it was the perfect time.
You don’t need a lot of supplies for this project. All you’ll really need to create your own DIY leather cuff is:
- small piece of leather (I found mine at Michaels)
- a bracelet chain or cording
- round nose jewelry pliers (or regular old needlenose pliers work too!)
- deep cut blade for your Cricut Explore
- small jump hoops (2) (optional)
To create the design, I chose an image from the design space by searching for “lace”. I played around with the size, and cut it on paper to make sure it was properly sized before cutting the more expensive leather. After I had the size perfect, I hit cut – and I have to admit, my stomach did a few flip flops.
I have to be completely honest here. I was floored when I pulled out the mat. The design, which was a little intricate, was cut perfectly in every single spot. I didn’t have to touch up a single cut. (The only thing I would do differently next time is place the smooth side of the leather down on the mat so that the fabric fibres don’t stick to the mat when the leather is removed!)
Once the design is cut, all that’s left to do is size your chain or cord for the bracelet. I used six links on each side of the design, and attached the chain to the leather with small jump hoops. You could attach the links right to the leather, but my links were really stiff and I didn’t want to tear the leather trying to wiggle it on. The jump hoops were much more flexible.
Once it was all done, I rushed to the post office and stuck it in the mail, hoping and crossing my fingers that it will reach Brooke in time for Christmas! I really hope she likes it! I received her gift the day before I stuck mine in the mail – which was amazing, I’ll share more about it next week!
Have you tried cutting leather on your Cricut Explore yet? I think I’m addicted now! I’m also in love with the gorgeous new iron on colors that they released this month – thankfully they are all on sale for 10$ or less this week! Leave me a note and let me know what your Explore’s been up to, and follow me on instagram where you can see mine, busy at work for Christmas!