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DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash

By: Alicia Dirago from Whimsey Box

Homemade gifts are a great way to add a personal touch to your gift giving this holiday season. If you are looking for a DIY gift idea for a dog owner, this DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash is the perfect Christmas craft to make. The neon twine is bright and fun, but you could also substitute in red and green twine for a more traditional holiday look. You can also change the paint colors to fit with the dog's (or dog owner's) personality. Stylish and simple to create, this DIY dog leash is a great way to include your furry friends in your gift giving this Christmas.

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash

Materials:

  • Leather Strap
  • Black Paint
  • White Paint
  • Neon Twine
  • Brass Swivel Ring
  • Jewelry Wire
  • Leather Crafting Tools (punch and awl)
  • Paintbrush
  • G-S Hypo Cement

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash Materials
 

Instructions:

1. Start by measuring out 6" sections and marking them lightly on the leather. Paint them alternating black and white. Be sure to use a high quality paint so that the color is nice and solid and really pops. When applying the paint use more of a pouncing motion than brushing so that the paint stays on the side of the leather and doesn't get onto the top or bottom.
 

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash
 

2. Use a hole punch on its smallest setting to punch a series of 12 holes in 6 rows of 2. You can measure (and probably should), but you can also just eyeball it and mark where to punch by using the awl to poke a small hole.
 

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash
 

3. After punching each hole, use the awl to get rid of any remaining leather bits that got stuck. This makes the lacing process much easier.
 

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash

4. After punching the 12 holes on the end of the leather fold it over to where you want to attach it and use the holes as a guide to mark where to punch the matching holes. On this side fold over about 3 1/2" just enough to leave room for the clasp. On the other side, fold over about 9" to make a larger loop to use as a handle.

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash
 

5. A note about lacing - it's really helpful to have a something to help thread and pull the twine through the holes. Cut a piece about 32" long and starting on the inside (unfinished side of the leather) thread it through the top two holes to the outside of the leather. The result should be that the center of twine is on the inside of the leather and two equal sized pieces are on the outside. Then switch those to pieces and bring them back through to the inside.
 

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash
 

6. Next, bring each piece through the corresponding hole on the other side of the leather.
 

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash
 

7. The next step is to make an X by crossing the two sides and threading them to the front side (the side with out the Xs) using the next lower set of holes.
 

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash
 

8. On the front side, cross the two sides and then thread them back through the same holes to the back side (the side with the Xs).
 

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash
 

9. This is one complete X. Continue by crossing the twine to make an X using the next set of holes and continue down the remainder of the leather. It's much easier if you let the twine + leather stay loose while you're working and then tighten the whole thing up like you would a pair of sneakers when you are finished.
 

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash
 

10. At the end, tie a nice tight double knot and then trim the excess twine. Secure using glue - G-S Hypo Cement is perfect for this project because it has a needle thin applicator than can reach into the right place.
 

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash
 

11. Repeat the lacing process to make the handle and then you're done! Take it outside and test for doggy approval!

DIY Graphic Leather Dog Leash

 

 

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