Last Updated on March 3, 2022
These leather and wooden Christmas ornaments are so unique and are so much fun to make! They will make a beautiful addition to your tree OR the perfect Christmas gift for someone on your list.
If you follow me over on Instagram, then you know that I made every single ornament on our 9 foot tree this year. It was no small task, but I had fun with it and my sweet girls were able to help a lot, so we had some good mommy-daughter bonding in the process. I made lots of different kinds of ornaments, including DIY photo Christmas ornaments, felt ornaments and leather ornaments. But today I'm going to teach you how to make these leather and wooden Christmas ornaments. I have to admit, they are my favorite ornaments out of all the DIY ornaments I made!
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DIY Leather and Wooden Christmas Ornaments
- Wood beads (I used 14 mm wood beads for these ornaments)
- Cricut Faux Leather-Pebbled (I wanted to use real leather, but I couldn't find any that was 24 inches long, which is what is needed for this project–the faux leather really does look like the real thing, but it doesn't feel like the real thing, if that makes sense)
- Cricut cutting machine (or a ruler, rotary cutter, leather punch and cutting mat if you want to make them by hand)
- I used my Cricut Maker for this project, but you can absolutely use any of the Cricut Explore machines to make these since cutting the faux leather doesn't require the rotary blade.
- If you don't have a cutting machine but are thinking of getting one, you can read my review of Silhouette vs. Cricut machines in this post and my full review of the Cricut Maker in this post.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Cricut cutting mat
- Ribbon or suede cord
If you’d like a video overview of this project, click below.
1) If you are using a Cricut cutting machine, place your Cricut Faux Leather on your cutting mat. You can click here to access the project as I designed it on Cricut Design Space–this will save you a whole lot of time since I already figured out the cuts for you! Then simply click “Make It” and follow the prompts on your screen. The standard fine-point blade is all that is required to cut the faux leather. You will be able to make 13 ornaments with 1 roll of the Cricut Faux Leather!
If you are cutting these wooden and leather ornaments by hand, then you will want to use a rotary cutter to cut the strips roughly 1 inch wide x 24 inches long. Then you will need to make one ornament to figure out the correct spacing of your holes. I recommend that you then disassemble that ornament and use it as a template to punch the holes in all of your other strips using a leather punch.
2) After you have cut all your strips, you are ready to assemble your leather and wooden Christmas ornaments, which is really simple. Start by cutting a length of suede cord or ribbon about 10 inches long.
3) Next, tie a loop at the top of it, making sure it is large enough to fit over your Christmas tree branches, since this is how you will hang it on your tree. Then thread the loose end through the first hole of your faux leather, with the pebbled side of the faux leather facing up (toward the loop). You can identify which hole to thread first because the first and second hole are much closer together than the holes at the opposite end of the strip (see the diagram below).
4) Then, thread a bead.
5) Next, thread your suede or ribbon through the next hole (this time, the pebbled side will be facing down).
6) Continue the pattern until you finish threading all of your beads. You will use 6 beads per ornament if you use the same size beads that I used. After you thread your final bead, finish the pattern off by threading the suede or ribbon through the last hole on your faux leather strip. Then tie a knot in your suede cord or ribbon to finish it off. If you are using ribbon, you may have to double or triple your knot to make it thick enough to not fall through the hole.
7) Finally, use a dab of hot glue to glue the end of the faux leather strip in place.
That's it! Super easy, right?! And if you use a Cricut cutting machine to do all of your cutting, these are super fast to make, too! I absolutely love how they turned out. Take a look for yourself.
What do you think?! If you want to make these unique Christmas ornaments from felt for yourself, be sure to share this post over on Facebook and/or save it to Pinterest :) And before you head out, be sure to grab my FREE Christmas printables!
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