I figured I could post about the gift we are giving the boys' babysitter. I am assuming a 13 year old boy isn't going to be checking my blog in the next couple of weeks.
Saw this on Pinterest from I Can Find the Time. I followed her instructions up until the last couple of steps. She has some great pictures and explains how to make them on her blog as well.
Start off with a leather baseball. Cut with an Xacto knife, following the stitching of the ball, cutting just outside on both sides. I had to double cut to get through the leather.
Peel away the leather and you are left with this. You can discard the excess leather and string ball thing or give them to your kids to play with...or your cat.
Cut your stitched bracelets into two equal parts. Each ball makes two bracelets. Trim up your white leather if needed, just be careful not to cut the red stitching.
Unravel the ends a bit so you have some string to work with and trim the excess leather.
Tie a knot on both ends.
Here's the part that I did differently: I rope braided the excess string, tying off with a knot on each end.
And there you have it.
My 7 year old received the other bracelet and hasn't taken it off in three days. Loves it.
Tips: Balls that have a little grime on them are preferred, they look better as opposed to bright, crisp, white leather.
The leather will be stiff at first and want to curl. Work it with your hands and it will start to lay flat.