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Mindfulness crafts for everyone | DIY with Leather

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Mindfulness crafts for everyone | DIY with Leather

Honesty first - consuming content or scrolling through Instagram has become one of the most preferred unwinding modes for most of us. However, the hard truth is that the constant stream of content only distracts you from the stress. And distraction doesn’t look like a reliable solution to thrive in today’s world. Hence mindfulness activities. 

Mindfulness ensures that you recognise the stressor elements and eliminate them. Here’s thus a comprehensive list of leather DIY mindfulness crafts to help you find calm and balance in the supposed chaos.

What do you mean by mindfulness?

Often misconstrued, mindfulness isn’t about shutting down your thoughts and creating a void in your mind. 

Mindfulness, or meditation, instead, is all about being a bystander to your thoughts. It’s accepting and finding completeness in what is and letting go of what should have been

You do that by constantly diverting your attention from the inevitability of the past and uncertainty of the future to the fullness of the present. 

Stressful work projects, parenting, juggling chores, and gazillion other factors incessantly plague our minds. When all these thoughts run through your mind in rapid succession, they end up overwhelming you. 

What we need is balanced moments of calmness. How do we extract that? By indulging in the magic of mindfulness. 

Now if it isn’t already clear, mindfulness isn’t just about sitting in a secluded spot meditating for hours on end. Instead, you can also practice mindfulness by fully investing yourself in a single activity - one where your entire focus is in the now. 

What is the importance of mindfulness in a post-covid world?

Work-from-home has now become the norm around the world. While most people enjoy the time that they get to spend with their families, they often overlook the invasion of work stress into their private lives. Stress can pop its ugly head when you’re trying to multi-task, i.e. handling both chores and workload together. By limiting your multi-tasking, you can surely get some of those stress levels down.

However, that may not be enough to get you calm. Practising mindfulness activities after work will prepare you for a peaceful evening with your family members. You can also practice mindfulness with your family with the help of mindfulness crafts kits.

People that regularly did mindfulness crafts reported having improved attention spans, increased concentration levels, and experienced a boost in their self-confidence. 

One of such crafts is DIY leather crafting that brings in a similar level of content. And if you’re wondering where to start, we’ve got you sorted. 

List of DIY mindfulness activities using leather kits.

Here’s our trusted list of DIY mindfulness activities using leather that’ll get the ball rolling for you.

DIY leather cardholder

Leather has often been synonymous with opulence and luxury. Here’s a chance for you to create your leather card holder with your customisation to make it stand out from the rest. 

You’ll need:

  • Artisans’ luxury DIY kit

The kit includes

  • Pre-cut cowhide leather
  • 2 Binder clips
  • Multiple colour options
  • 2 leather stitching needles
  • 3 canvas clothes
  • 1 silver keyring loop

Artisans includes a booklet to guide you through the entire process with minute details. The pieces of leather already have holes in them, so you don’t have to worry about creating your own. This makes the process much more enjoyable and allows you to focus on the mindfulness aspect of creating the leather cardholder.

When you open our DIY box, you’ll find everything is neatly packed and labelled. You’ve to take out the different pre-cut leather pieces and align the holes using the clips included in the kit. Bring out the thread of your choice and you can start sewing the layers together. When you finally create the product, you’ll notice that the cardholder can hold up to 6 cards and has a slim profile.

If you want to customise this product by engraving your name, but don’t have the equipment to do so, you can simply add it on the website. You can add up to seven letters to your leather card holder directly from the product description page. Amazing, right?

DIY desk tidy boxes

For some people, mindfulness activities also include cleaning and organising their desks. The designers at Artisans considered this while designing the DIY tidy box for your desks. 

You’ll need:

  • Desk Tidy- DIY Kit, personally crafted experience

The kit includes

  • Premium Italian leather
  • Versatile Design
  • Easy compact boxes
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Leather keyring kit. 

When you open the box and browse through the contents, you’ll notice that even the packaging is extremely high-quality. The DIY kit also contains booklets to guide you through the entire process of creating your tidy boxes.

The leather is pre-cut. And has been holed straight from the workshop to make it easier for you to assemble. We don’t want you to go through the trouble of preparing everything from scratch. You just have to align the holes at all the right places and then use your leather needles to sew them together. After the sewing is complete, you’ll have small boxes to keep on your desks. 

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Leather tie clips

Creating leather tie clips is one of the simplest mindfulness crafts for adults. You can even personalise it by stamping in your name or the initials of your name. This DIY is pretty straightforward and highly useful if you’re someone that wears ties to work.

You’ll need:

  • A thick leather. You can even use scrap from your other DIY projects. 
  • The tie clip that you want to modify.
  • Glue
  • Craft knife to cut through the leather
  • A letter punch set with a hammer to get the job done.

Once you have everything in place, prepare the leather piece by cutting it according to the size of the tie clip. Now, choose a word or phrase and stamp it on paper. If you’re satisfied with the word, you can proceed to stamp it on the tie clip. Put the letter/number on the leather piece and then lightly hit them with the hammer. Finally, glue it to the correct side of the tie clip. You can now wear it to your video conferences or gift it to your loved ones. 

Leather laptop cover or laptop sleeve

This is also a fairly simple DIY leather project that can be done within an hour. You can also customise this bag by imprinting personalised elements or your initials. While creating the leather bag, you must ensure that the bag tightly holds your laptop. You can use the same process to create leather bags for your iPads and tablets. 

You’ll need:

  • Leather
  • Glue
  • Rivets 
  • Rivet Setter
  • Scissors
  • Hammer

Straighten out the edge of the cover by cutting it with a scissor. Then put your laptop on the leather sheet and trim it accordingly. Repeat the same process with another sheet of leather. Now, align both the leather pieces on a flat surface and use a ruler to mark the distance at which you want to fix your rivets. 

Use a pencil to mark the holes. Place the rivet setter on the pencil marks and gently tap them with the hammer. They should create a hole through the leather that is big enough to hold the rivets. After you rivet one of the sides, put your laptop in again and use the ruler to mark the location on the other side. Ensure that your laptop fits snugly inside the case. Once the measurements are done, start punching the rivet holes on the other side. Finally, attach all the rivets. You have now created a beautiful laptop holder for yourself or your kids. 

You can visit different online shops or brick-and-mortar stores to pick a few colourful pieces of leather to create more versions of this DIY project. This DIY also helps you plan a peaceful evening of mindfulness crafts for kids

DIY bags

A DIY bag will always come in handy. You can either use it as a tote bag or make a bigger version and use it as a stylish grocery bag. The possibilities are limitless. However, this project is comparatively more challenging than the other DIY projects on the list. You also need to have a little bit of sewing experience to get started. 

You’ll need:

  • The leather of your choice
  • Threads
  • Sewing machine
  • Lining cloth 
  • Leather needle
  • Sewing clips 
  • Ruler 
  • Pencil 
  • Scissors

To begin with, you need to find a pattern or template that you can use to cut the leather. You can easily download one from the internet. Use a ruler and a pencil to mark the pattern on the leather. Proceed to cut the leather and arrange it in the manner in which you’re going to sew them.

A little tip before you start your sewing machine; use a leather needle. A normal cloth pin isn’t strong enough to punch holes through the leather. And, since a leather needle punches a hole through the leather, you’ll need to be careful with the alignment. Once the hole has been made, there is no going back. Hence, to make this process easier, you can use clips to hold the two pieces of leather together. Now, just sew the pieces together. 

Use a printed cloth to make the inner lining of the bag. Make the necessary adjustment to the cloth and then sew it to the inner side of the bag. Repeat similar sewing techniques to create the handle of the bags. You can adjust the length of the handle according to your preferences. Finally, bring all the pieces together. 

If you want the stitches to last longer, use nylon threads instead of cotton. You can also engrave your initials on the bag or use letter stamps to write your name. These mindfulness activities might seem daunting at first, but after you complete them you’ll be beaming with joy. 

DIY leather ring

If you’re already using a leather laptop bag and a leather tote bag, why not add another leather accessory? A DIY leather ring will add subtle earth tones to your get-up. The leather ring is also effortlessly easy to make. 

You’ll need:

  • Scrap leather 
  • Scissors
  • Pen 
  • Printer
  • Patter 

Since this project is a simple one, you can get it done within 15-20 mins. We’re pretty sure that you must be having tons of scrap leather after your leather bag project. You can use the colourful scrap leathers to start making a ring. 

But, first, you need to print out the design of the ring that you want. Cut out the pattern and place it on the leather piece. Use your pen to trace around the paper pattern. Now, use your scissors to cut and remove the unwanted leather area. Punch a couple of holes through the pattern and then put the tail end through that hole. Lastly, use glue to put it all together. 

Now, you have a beautiful ring that you can wear with your chic clothes. This project allows you to practice mindfulness at home as well as create a fashion wardrobe for you.

You can make a habit of creating leather rings after you’re done with your more resource-consuming projects. These are easier to do and give you that instant hit of dopamine. Eventually, you’ll get yourself a massive collection of leather rings in your wardrobe. If you just upscale the pattern before printing, you can make bracelets using the same techniques. 

DIY earrings

If you have a DIY jewellery set, then you can combine it with scrap leather to create a stunning pair of earrings. The process of creating these earrings is sure to take you down memory lane. 

You’ll need:

  • Leather pieces 
  • Scissors
  • Leather hole puncher
  • Earring hooks
  • Cable chain
  • Jump rings
  • Glue

The two-tone feather design is one of the more famous leather earring designs currently available in the market. To make these, you need to take a large piece of leather and trim it to roughly resemble a feather design. Repeat the same process with the smaller piece. Now, put small incisions on their sides to make them look more like real feathers. 

After you’re satisfied with the designs, use a hole puncher to punch the hole at the top of the leather. Don’t fret if you make the hole too close to the edge. You can also start over with a fresh piece of leather. The last couple of steps involves inserting a small jump ring through a chain. Finally, use pliers to bend the jump rings, and you have your pair of leather earrings.

This was just a single example out of thousands available on the internet. You can do an easy google search to find the designs that suit you the most.

DIY camera straps

You can easily tell a novice photographer from an enthusiast depending on the strap they are using. The enthusiast will always use a strap that adds personality to their equipment. And, nothing adds more personality than a hand-crafted leather camera strap. These mindfulness art activities are pretty simple and will help you calm your nerves. 

You’ll need:

  • Leather 
  • Glue 
  • Clips
  • Scissors
  • Swivel hook set (hooks, d-rings, and key-rings)

Start by measuring the length of the leather that you need to create your camera strap. Slowly cut it out and trim the sides to make it look presentable. Now, put one end of the strap through the D-ring and apply glue to it. Fold in on to the inner leather patch and use clips to hold it in place. Do the same on the other side of the leather strap as well. Attach the keyrings and swivel hooks to complete the setup. 

If you want to get more creative, you can also attach Delrin caps to make them more convenient. However, we’d advise against it as the plastic look might ruin the aesthetics of the leather strap. You can also add an adjuster to adjust the length of the strap on the go. Furthermore, these straps are not only limited to cameras. You can add the straps to your DIY leather bags or any other messenger bags. You can also customise these straps by etching or stamping your name on them. 

Leather key chains

Leather is a great material for making key chains. You can also use spare or scrap leathers to create stunning keychains. These keychains can be used as gifts or to organise your key clutter. The DIY key chains in probably one of the easiest projects on this list. When you start working on this project, you’ll automatically enter into a zen state and reflect on your thoughts. 

You’ll need:

  • Leather or leather scraps
  • Glue
  • Rotary ruler
  • Scissors or rotary cutters
  • Tube cutter 
  • Keyring 
  • Pen/pencil

After you gather all the material, take the piece of leather and trim it according to the size of the keyring that you want. Now, use a ruler and pencils, and mark the intervals. Then, use a rotary cutter and start cutting at these intervals. 

Make sure you leave enough space at the top to roll and glue the whole thing shut. Once the incisions have been made, proceed to roll the top part of the leather while simultaneously applying glue to the inner surface. 

Use a rubber band or a clip to hold it in place for a few minutes. The main part of the keyring is now done.

Use copper or metal tubings to create rings for these key chains. You can use a metal cutter to cut and shape them. After you tightly wound it around the keyring, you’ll have the final product ready. You can attach keyrings or swivel hooks to these solid structures. 

Some leathers are stretchy and you might not get the right cut while using the scissors. Hence, more experienced leathercrafters will advise you to use a rotary cutter to get the job done. Using the method mentioned above, you can get a key chain with leather tassels. 

You must remember, you’re only limited by your imagination when it comes to crafting the keychains. If you need some inspiration, you can do a quick google search and find thousands of patterns and templates to create key chains.

DIY leather vase

Creating a leather vase for your potted houseplant instantly elevates the decor of your house. The leather vase introduces a sense of uniformity and creates a binding design. These DIY leather vases are surely an eye-turner.

You’ll need:

  • Leather hole puncher 
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Templates
  • Leather sheets 
  • Rivets

There are a lot of vase templates available on the internet. You can download one and print it out. Use the paper template to draw the outlines of the DIY vase on the leather sheet. Use these lines as a guide and cut out the leather. As mentioned earlier, scissors might not also be the best equipment for cutting leather. For more precision cuts you can use a rotary cutter. 

Following this, use the hole puncher to create the holes. If you’re using a thick leather sheet, you’ll need to apply more than just gentle pressure. Once the holes are in place, start attaching the rivets through them. You can even overlap the holes and drive a rivet through them to secure them in place. You can use this same technique to make covers for your water bottles.

DIY file folders

There is no easier DIY project than creating a file folder. 

You’ll need:

  • 2 leather sheets
  • Glue

Measure the documents that you want to store in these folders. Trim the excess leather and prepare the sheets. Finally, use glue to attach the edges of both sheets. And, you have your DIY folder. The process of making a DIY file folder is very similar to creating the leather cover for your laptop. This project is suitable for beginners as it encourages them to try and do the harder DIY projects. The more at peace you’re, the more DIY challenges you’ll be willing to take. 

You can even make this simple project fancier. Instead of using glue to stick the two sheets of leather together, sew them using Nylon threads. You can brand your name on these leather files.

Final Words..

As you can see, mindfulness crafts are all about channelling the intense energy of your stress and anxiety into creativity. 

Some of the DIY kits on the list are much harder compared to others. These projects might get some beginners flustered and anxious. We, at Artisans, identified this problem and came up with an elegant solution to help our customers practice mindfulness. We’ve prepared and packaged DIY leather kits in a way that wouldn’t be bothersome for you. You can simply unpack the DIY kit and jump straight into assembling it. Artisans’ craft kits focus on removing all the hurdles that might affect the mindfulness experience of their customers.