DIY His and Hers Leather-bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentine’s Day

2.08.2013

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines DayI love taking little scraps of things – whether they be paper, lace, or fabrics – and turning them into pretty accessories.  Plus I also have an obsession with teeny, tiny things…like mini-books, which can hold all your secrets and ideas, stored away on your person.  And what better way to create a personalized gift for a loved one this February?  I dreamed up this DIY for Valentine’s Day – which will use up a very tiny amount of little bits of fabric, leather (or pleather, vinyl, or other fabrics), and cardstock you may have lying around.  Here’s how:

You Need:

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Daysmall amounts of: leather/pleather/stiff fabric  /  printed or colored cotton  /  cardstock  /  sticky-back foam

jumprings  /  necklace chain  /  lanyard clip for keychain

Tools:  E6000 glue (or other flexible, clear glue for different surfaces)  /  shears that cut leather  /  super-fine pen (Micron pens are my fave)  /  ruler  /  tape  /  awl  /  pliers & jumpring tool (not pictured)

How To:

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day1. Measure a rectangle 7/8″ x 1 and 5/16″ onto the back of your sticky foam.  Measure out a thin rectangle next to it (almost 0.25″ wide x 1 and 5/16″ tall), and another rectangle the same size as your first.

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day2. Cut out the rectangles – which will become the backing for your mini-book.

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day3. Spread glue on the front of the rectangles, and glue them onto the back of your fabric, allowing a small space in-between them.DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day4. Trim your fabric around the rectangles, leaving a scant 1/4″ of fabric around, and cutting a diagonal at the corners.

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day5. Peel up the edges of the foam sticky backing paper (just the edges, mind you), and stick down the fabric around the edges.DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day6. Place the book inner part on top of the wrong side of the leather (or whatever you’re using for the cover), and cut around it, leaving about 1/8″ all around.

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day7. Peel up the entire foam sticky backing paper, and affix the book inner piece to the wrong side of the leather.  DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines DayDIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines DayPress with your fingers to slightly crease the leather around the spine, just like a real book would be.

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day8. Make the book pages: measure out a long rectangle 6 and 7/8″ x 1.25″ on your cardstock.  DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines DayMark every 7/8″ along.

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day9. Cut the piece of cardstock out, and fold at every mark you made to create an accordion of pages.  DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day(Make sure your accordion starts and ends with the last page free to be stuck to the inside of your book cover…not as part of a finished accordion pleat.)DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day

10. Secure the pages in the center with a piece of tape. (I also snipped off the edge with my pen marks on it.)DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines DayDIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day

11. Spread glue on the inside cover of the book, and along the spine.DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day

12. Press the bundle of pages into the spine, fold the book closed, and affix the ends of the accordion onto the inside covers of the book.  Allow to dry.

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day13. Once dry, write something special on the inside pages: the date you met, happy memories, What I Love About You, a special poem that has meaning for both of you, your wedding vows…or leave it blank to fill it with beautiful sayings and ideas as you go!  You can also take a gold pen and add little details to the outside of the book, like an engraved gilt-edged vintage book might have…but I chose to keep my necklaces rustic and simple.DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day

14.  Use an awl to pierce a hole in the book at the corner.DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day

14. Add a jumpring, and attach to a necklace (for Her gift) or a lanyard clip to be attached to a keyring (for His gift).DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines DayWhat do you think?  DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines DayHow beautiful and personalized this would be for that special someone?!

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines DayDIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines DayAlso: I’m totally addicted to making these mini-books!  I am going to be making a whole bunch more in different fabrics with ribbons and lace trims and charms.

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines Day Is anyone interested in purchasing kits for these?  I’m thinking of putting together little DIY kits for these books!  …Just wondering!

DIY His and Hers Leather bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentines DayStay chic and Happy Valentine’s Day~

xo
Carly




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7 Comments on DIY His and Hers Leather-bound Mini Book of Love Necklace and Keychain for Valentine’s Day

  1. truebluemeandyou
    2.08.2013 at 12:36 pm (2 years ago)

    This is so cute! Love how detailed your tutorial is and that you can actually write in the book. I’ve posted two finished photos of your DIY and a link back to you on truebluemeandyou.

    Reply
  2. Tamara
    2.08.2013 at 6:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this! So romantic! Especially like how it can be a necklace or a keychain. Oh, by the way, I love the red leaf tree in your photos.

    Reply
    • carlyjcais
      2.09.2013 at 11:36 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Tamara! :-) …Red leaf tree…? Must be my Japanese maple tree in back of my deck…though right now it is sadly devoid of any leaves whatsoever! :-/

      Reply
  3. beadinggem
    10.31.2013 at 4:33 pm (10 months ago)

    Really cute! I like the idea of putting the book on a key chain.

    Reply

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