I don’t know about you, but I am totally guilty of this. I buy things to make projects because I have an idea and then one of these things happens . . . I forget what my original idea was, the project didn’t work out, I need more supplies than I originally thought so the project doesn’t get made or what sounded like a good idea at the time just isn’t working for me anymore. I am also a scrap saver. If I think I can still use it for something, I save it.
This project contains both of those situations. I used a piece of leather I bought for a different project and didn’t end up using it, along with a piece of scrap leather from one of Mr. Hobby’s current projects to make these easy heart necklaces.
The large piece of leather pictured above was purchased at Hobby Lobby and I had thought to use it as a handle for the DIY Faux Galvanized Serving Tray I made last year, but I ended up using an old belt instead. When I was re-organizing my craft supplies I came across it again and decided it was perfect for this quick and simple project.
I cut a small heart out of white card stock to use as template for this project.
I traced the heart onto a piece of raw leather from Mr. Hobby’s scraps using a pencil. I used a Sharpie to trace the heart onto the dark piece so I could see it. Both were cut out using a standard pair of scissors.
I used a wood burning tool to burn words and a few dots into the raw leather heart. I decided to leave the rust colored heart alone.
I used an awl to make the holes by setting the leather on a scrap piece of board and hammering the awl through the leather. As you can see, I kind of overdid the hole on the raw leather heart. Whoops. A nail would have worked just as well.
I used a large jump ring to insert into each hole. I don’t normally make jewelry, but I happen to have a large amount of jump rings. Several years ago when my boys were younger, I made them chainmail vests out of soda tabs and jump rings, yup, that’s the kind of mom I was. Back in the day, we had two very handsome Knights who often battled each other with Nerf swords. Fun times, as long as the battles were outside! Since they have long outgrown the chainmail, I don’t think they will miss a couple of jump rings.
To finish off, I attached a simple chain on each that I found in my craft stash. Not bad for a quick and easy project! These would be cute as gift tags or key chains too, I’m just sayin’.
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