DIY Leather Knot Bracelet


When I saw this knotted leather Celine bracelet (#3 on ‘The List’) in a recent Harpers Bazaar I instantly thought DIY!


I had a bunch of leather scraps leftover from some past DIYs so I decided to use some of the gold. I started by measuring out a piece 5” wide by 15” long. (If you have large wrists you may want a slightly longer piece. Remember that you can always cut off the excess.)

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Cut out the rectangular shape.

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Fold in the sides length-wise so that they meet in the center.

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Tie the piece into a basic overhand knot. While tying the sides you folded in may want to come undone, but don’t worry about it too much.

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Adjust the leather until you have a nice looking knot on top and the (unsecured) ‘seam’ is on the back.

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Flip the bracelet over and apply some leather or fabric glue to the inside/wrong-side of the leather.

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Before you fold the leather down into place, add a small neodymium magnet about a 1/2” from the end. (Note: Normal craft store magnets likely are not strong enough to work in this application. However, neodymium magnets can be dangerous, especially to children, so use caution when working with them.)

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Then press the leather together and wipe away any excess glue that seeps out the end. Repeat the glue and magnet process for the other end of the bracelet. (Alternately you could use velcro or snaps to clasp the bracelet.)

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To wear, wrap the bracelet around your wrist with the knot on top and bring the two magnetized ends together.

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Alicia DiRago is the founder and CEO of Whimseybox. She has led DIY events across the country and been featured in the Wall Street Journal. Alicia is a lifelong crafter and former chemical engineer obsessed with making everything from bracelets to (homebrewed) beer! You can find her personal DIY, fashion and design blog at


  • Reply February 13, 2013

    DIY Leather Knot Bracelet

    […] just posted this Celine-inspired leather knot bracelet DIY over on Whimseybox. Seriously in love with how it came out! It’s my favorite kind of project – simple, stylish and […]

  • Reply February 14, 2013


    Looks elegant! Very nice color choice! Thanks for sharing this project Alicia!

  • Reply February 14, 2013


    so pretty! I love the gold leather you used

  • Reply February 14, 2013


    LOVE this!!!!! Brilliant!

  • Reply February 14, 2013

    Ama Ryllis

    Nice! Very elegant! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply February 20, 2013

    Myléne Hillam

    Love this project but especially love your magnetic closure. I’ve been looking for a suitable closure for a bracelet design that velcro just didn’t work for and the neo magnets just might be the solution. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply February 26, 2013


    Simple and elegant!

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