Make a metal stamped leather wrap bracelet using special dates like kids birth dates, spouses birth dates, an anniversary or other dates you want to commemorate.   

This might be one of my all time favorite gifts that I’ve ever made! I’m sure that won’t be the last time I say that, but this one will probably be tops for a while. I had been wanting to try a metal stamping project for a long time, and we all know I love wrap bracelets and personalized gifts, so this metal stamped leather wrap bracelet using kids birth dates was a perfect combination. The first one I made was for my sister-in-law and then I made a few for some people on my team at work.

I had collected some of the tools over several months. I won’t attempt to write full a metal stamping tutorial as there are people out there with much more experience that can guide you through. One tutorial I used to get started was from Happy Hour Projects.

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Basic bracelet supplies:

Tools:

First I cut small rectangles from my metal sheets. I cut them approximately the same width of my bracelet figuring I’d cut them down a bit after I stamped them. For length it was purely trial and error based on the size of my metal stamped numbers.

I taped down my metal piece to the steel bench block and stamped the month date and year of the child’s birthday with a period between each set of numbers.

To darken the dates, I used a Sharpie marker and then rubbed it off gently with a cotton cloth with rubbing alcohol on it. This leaves the numbers darkened but not the rest of the metal.

After that I put a hole in each end of each of the metal rectangles so that I could attach them to the leather wrap bracelet.

Then I created the holes in the the leather wrap bracelet, two for each hole on the metal stamped rectangle. This took a bit of measuring against my wrist to decide where I wanted the metal rectangles and then where to place the holes.

Originally I thought I was going to use jump rings to fasten my stamped metal rectangles to the leather wrap bracelet, but after a few attempts, I gave up. I bought some 20 guage wire and looped it through each hole and then overlapped them on top.

Finally I trimmed the wire and tried to make sure it was as smooth as possible so it wouldn’t catch on things.

I’m so happy with how they turned out. They are a little imperfect looking which is part of what I love about them – varying darkness of the numbers and some are a little uneven.

Here’s the triple wrap bracelet I made for my sister-in-law.

Then I made some double wrap bracelets for a few people on my team, some in gold and some in silver.

I’m thinking of making another one for a friend and one for myself using a phrase instead of birth dates which were my original inspiration from the site Bourbon and Boots. I’m pretty excited about doing those, I just need to figure out what sayings i want to use.

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28 Comments

  • Lori
    Posted January 16, 2014 10:11 pm 0Likes

    These are great! There is so much inspiration out there and I love the ones with words. I have 3 cuffs with different words or phrases on them ~ you are braver than I ~ I will leave this one to the professionals!

  • Lori
    Posted January 16, 2014 10:15 pm 0Likes

    Check out my friend Becky if you need some inspiration: http://farmgirlpaints.blogspot.ca/2013/11/flood-warning.html

  • Julie
    Posted January 19, 2014 4:47 pm 0Likes

    Oh this is lovely. I don’t have any of the stuff to make this but I can always start a wish list. I love personalised anything, especially jewellery. Thanks.

    • Erin @ sometimes-homemade.com
      Posted January 19, 2014 10:58 pm 0Likes

      Thanks for visiting! I got my supplies periodically over a few months. I use a regular hammer and not a specialty one. It was much simpler than I expected it to be.

  • Justine Y
    Posted January 20, 2014 10:02 am 0Likes

    These are awesome! I’ve done a little bit of metal stamping, but I love it on the leather wrap bracelet. I might have to work up the nerve to try punching holes and such 🙂

  • Javacurls
    Posted January 21, 2014 7:01 am 0Likes

    Your bracelet came out lovely! What did you find is the best way to make holes in the leather?

    • Erin @ sometimes-homemade.com
      Posted January 21, 2014 9:59 am 0Likes

      Thank you! I actually used the same tool that I used to do the holes in the metal. It worked just fine. Long term if I were going to do more leather work, I’d buy a leather punch, but since I was only making a few bracelets, I didn’t want to buy another tool. You could also probably get by with a small nail and hammer.

      • Javacurls
        Posted January 21, 2014 3:20 pm 0Likes

        Thanks for answering my question, Erin! I’ll give the nail & hammer a try!

  • Cecilia Bramhall
    Posted January 24, 2014 7:56 am 0Likes

    Saw you over at DIY Show Off Party – I love these! What a great gift.

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  • Kathy Midkiff
    Posted February 16, 2014 8:38 am 0Likes

    Love them!! Do you do special ordered ones?

    • Erin @ sometimes-homemade.com
      Posted February 16, 2014 9:45 am 0Likes

      Hi Kathy – thank you! I’m purely a hobbyist and not a seller. I’m sure there are some great Etsy sellers out there who would make something similar.

      • Kathy Midkiff
        Posted February 16, 2014 9:57 am 0Likes

        Thanks, for info!! Let the hunt begin!!

      • SONDRA
        Posted June 11, 2016 3:26 pm 0Likes

        Hi Erin , I love your bracelets. Do you think that you would make one for me and my daughter. If so how much would you charge me?

        • Erin @ sometimes-homemade.com
          Posted June 16, 2016 5:12 pm 0Likes

          Hi Sondra – thanks for reaching out. I’m just a hobbyist and not a seller. I would suggest checking in Etsy. There are a lot of sellers who do metal stamping and leather work. Good luck!

  • bhobbss
    Posted February 23, 2014 4:37 am 0Likes

    Hi I’m really interested in trying out some mental stamping i have the letter stamping kit but im unsure what kind of metal sheet to buy where did you get yours from and what kind of metal is it? Thanks for you help they look beautiful!

    • Erin @ sometimes-homemade.com
      Posted February 23, 2014 5:56 pm 0Likes

      I got mine at Michael’s. They sell both sheets you can cut yourself as well as pre-cut shapes of varying sizes. I believe their brand is Bead Landing. I’m not sure what kind of project you’re planning to do, but if they make a pre-cut size that works for you, it makes it so much easier. Start with something fairly inexpensive, you’ll need to do some practice rounds to get the hang of metal stamping (how hard to hit the hammer, how to make the letters even, etc.). Good luck!

  • Michelle Davies
    Posted March 6, 2014 11:45 am 0Likes

    I love this and I know my girls would too! Can you tell me where to get the leather wrapped bracelets? Thanks so much!

    • Erin @ sometimes-homemade.com
      Posted March 6, 2014 12:43 pm 0Likes

      Hi Michelle – I’ve bought some at JoAnn’s and then some off of Amazon. I also made one using some scrap leather I bought at Michael’s which was a lot more challenging, but still turned out great.

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  • Diane
    Posted March 11, 2015 9:56 am 0Likes

    Hi How do you make the closure? Love it

  • Chip
    Posted August 9, 2016 6:41 am 0Likes

    How do I order one and how much are they ?

    • Erin @ sometimes-homemade.com
      Posted August 9, 2016 7:27 am 0Likes

      Hi Chip – I don’t sell these, I’m just a hobbyist crafter. I would do a search on etsy.com to find someone there to make one for you.

  • Lauren Hand
    Posted October 16, 2016 3:37 pm 0Likes

    I wish you sold these – they are beautiful and exactly what I’m looking for!

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