Things You Will Need
- Thick card stock
- Sturdy shears
Both leather and its more affordable sibling, faux leather, create delicate and sturdy accessories. These materials can be crafted into beautiful roses, camellias or daisies with just a few cutting implements and some careful planning.
Creating a consistent template that can be applied to your leather materials will save you valuable time and effort in making leather flowers. A simple template will also ensure that you create consistent products for gifts or decorating.
- Draw the main flower petal designs on a sheet of card stock paper using a pencil. To create a layered flower, draw out three different petal shapes, each one about a quarter- to a half-inch smaller than the one before. Base each shape on a central circle with petals extending outward from there. For example, a rose will have rounded, curved edges while a daisy will have longer finger-like petals. Keep in mind that the three circular patterns will be layered in the final leather product.
- Cut out the pattern on the card stock using a pair of craft scissors. Test the sizing to make sure that each petal template will sit on top of the others in a pretty design. Redraw and cut out any of the petal elements that don't fit the overall design style.
- Place one of the petal templates on top of the leather on the smooth side, not the flesh side. Trace the design onto the top of the leather using a marker or lightly trace with a white crayon. Repeat with the other two petal templates.
- Cut out all of these traced pieces using a pair of sturdy shears, cutting through the leather in clean strokes. Store the card stock pattern pieces in a safe, dry space to reuse for other projects.
Wear work gloves when cutting leather to keep your fingers safe from nicks and cuts.