Hand Painted Leather Headband Tutorial

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I ordered a bunch of Angelus leather paints from Dharma Trading recently and nothing made of leather in my house is safe now!

A portion of my paint stash

I found these little hair clips recently that my mother made for me when I was little...and loved the hand painted details she added.

Thanks, Mom!

I was inspired to try and hand paint something of my own for Boo.

Step 1: I took some scrap leather (you can find pieces at fabric stores and craft stores...or you can cut up an old purse/shoes/jacket etc to salvage pieces)......

Never throw out scrap leather

......and cut the leather into several strips:

Good, sharp scissors and voila, leather noodles

I also cut out 2 leather flowers....the largest one is about 1.25" at its widest point:

I chose flowers but hearts, stars, rainbows or clovers would work just fine!

Step 2: I took a small paint brush and cut off most of the bristles so it would paint small details easily:

If you don't have a fine liner already they're easy to make!

Step 3: I painted some small "swoops" to resemble vines:

I went with flowers so vines seemed natural

Step 4: I added small details like little leaves and little dots for small flowers....

The details can make or break a piece - don't overlook them

...until I felt it was finished:

I think that came out rather well!

Step 5: I allowed the paint to dry thoroughly. To darken and soften the leather I used a technique that I used to break in all my horse bridles and saddles and to keep them clean and supple. I took some olive oil.....

After the paint dried completely I used olive oil

.....and brushed the leather with a light coat.

Let it soak in for a bit...

Step 6: Once the oil had a chance to soak in, I put some Murphy's Oil Soap onto a wet rag and wiped down the leather to remove any excess oil residue:

... then use a dab of Murphy's Oil soap on the residue

Step 7: I let the leather dry completely and then used a tiny hole punch to add holes at the end of the pieces:

Let it dry again and punch a few holes

Step 8: Using DMC thread, I stitched the pieces together end to end....

I used DMC thread to stitch them together

....in a simple "X" pattern:

Be as simple or complex as you'd like

Step 9: I stitched the flowers using the same type of thread:

Next, I laced in the flowers

Step 10: I stitched 1/4" elastic (I would have used black but all I had was white) to the bottom of each end of the headband. I wrapped thread around the stitches to cover them:

And added an elastic to both ends

Like so!

The finished headband!

Looks great, let's see what Boo thinks

Finished project

Now to find something else to paint :)

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