I had some leftover scraps from the belts I made last week, so I made a leather Christmas ornament out of them!
It’s like those Scandinavian paper bulbs, only in leather.
It’s clean, minimal, and simple…which I love. It doesn’t compete with the other ornaments for attention. Instead, it complements and blends well with the very cherished, multicolored, paint smudged kid ornaments that adorn our tree as well.
And…yay for being kid proof! 🙂
One leather ornament takes just a few minutes to make. Here’s how:
Materials:3- Small strips of vegetable tan leather strips (I used 5/8″ wide)
2 – strips of thinner leather or grosgrain/jacquard ribbon
2 – Chicago screws
Leather punch tool Craft scissors
8-10″ of string/twine
1. Decide how tall you want your ornament to be. Cut one strip of vegetable tan leather to that length.
2. Take the length of your first piece and add 3.5 inches. Cut two more strips of vegetable tan leather to that length.
3. Take the length of the first piece again, but this time, add two inches. Cut out two identical strips of thinner, upholstery leather or vinyl to this new length, and as wide as the vegetable tan leather strips. You can use ribbon if you don’t have leather scraps on hand. Grosgrain and jacquard ribbons hold up best.
4. Punch holes at each end of each of the five strips. Make sure the holes are large enough to accommodate a Chicago screw.
5. Stack the strips together, with the longest strips on the outside, the shorter, contrasting strips next, and the shortest strip in the middle.
6. Screw one side of the strips together with a Chicago screw.
7. Line the holes up on the other side, and screw them together.
The longer strips will naturally curve out, creating an onion shape…which is why this type of ornament is called an onion bulb.
Tie on a piece of string or twine.
And it’s ready to hang out on the tree!
If you didn’t catch my leather belt tutorial last week, check it out HERE. Tandy Leather is giving away a leather punch tool, leather strips, Chicago screws…almost everything you need to make this ornament AND a belt, plus more!
Amy @ Homey Oh My! says
Delia this is so beautiful and creative! I love it!!
chelsea jacobs says
So pretty! You are so creative!
Thanks so much Chelsea!
Oh, these are just beautiful. I love the simplicity AND the child safe factor is a huge plus in our house.
Thanks Stacey! I know…our tree has almost completely been taken over by break resistant ornaments and I am actually liking it! I have surrendered. 😉
these are beautiful!!
Thank you Amy!
Sarah @ Bonjour Sucre says
They look great! They are simple but effective. You are so creative! Thanks for sharing the idea.
Thank you Sarah!
Crystal Rose says
This is so neat! If I get to it in time I’m totally making some for presents!
That is really cool! I’ve always loved the paper ones. I don’t think I would ever have thought of making them with leather, but they look great!
Hey there! I love this tutorial and am planning on making some of these ornaments as gifts this year. I made one, and it seems really saggy (instead of it keeping its shape, the outside bits hang low and it looks more like an upside-down heart than an onion). Any idea why this would be or how to correct it? If I made the outside two layers shorter, would that help? Thanks!
So sorry, your first go around didn’t work out. Shortening the strips of leather should help a lot. It all kind of depends on the leather you’re using. If it’s a softer leather it will droop if kept long. I would shorten the strips in small increments until it’s just short enough to hold it’s shape. I hope that helps?
Let me know if you have any more questions.
Do you make any other types of leather ornaments?
I haven’t yet, but will probably do some in the future! 🙂
What size Chicago Screws did you use for this project?
I used a 3/8″ inch Chicago Screw. I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.