Make a Modern Leather Hair Stick Barrette

Leather scraps find new life in this easy DIY project.

Skill Level

Beginner

Time

1 hour or less

Skill level
Beginner
Time
1 hour or less
Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Step aside, scrunchies – there’s a new hair tie in town. This modern, hand-painted leather hair stick barrette uses thick leather scraps and a hand-sharpened dowel to secure hair in place. Make it at home by creating a pattern out of paper to fit your hair type. From there, trace onto leather, cut, and paint. Magic!

You will need

 

Step 1: Cut and sharpen dowel

Use pliers to cut your dowel to 6 in. / 15 cm in length. Sharpen one end using a pencil sharpener; don’t make it too sharp – remember, this is going to be in your hair. Paint if desired.
 

Step 2: Make a paper template

Make a paper template of the leather part of your hair stick barrette. You can use any shape you wish; ovals and rectangles work best. The size should be somewhere between 2 ½ and 3 ½ in. / 6.5 and 9 cm., depending on your hair type. Be sure to test out your paper template to make sure there’s enough room between the paper and the dowel for all your hair.
 

Step 3: Trace template onto leather

When you’ve found a shape and size you like, trace it onto leather using your pencil to emboss the outline.
 

Step 4: Paint design

Paint your designs directly onto the leather using leather paint. For best results, apply several thin coats rather than a few thick ones. Use one or more colors and get creative with the pattern. Dashes, grids, and squiggles all look great, or add a name or initial for a more customized version. When your design is dry, apply a coat of clear leather paint to seal pattern in place.
 

Step 5: Cut and punch holes

Use scissors to cut around your embossed outline. Next, use a hole punch to punch holes on both sides of the leather for your dowel. All done!

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