Fall Leaf Keychain

Fall Leaf Keychain

Even though I’m gone, it’s still Silhouette Challenge Week!  I managed to get a project done for the 3 months I’ll be away – and so here is your first!  Our theme to tackle this month was fall, so I figured the turning colors of leaves would be a great fall theme.  And since I’ve been on such a leather kick lately, I wanted to see what I could do there as well.  And so I made a keychain!



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1 small piece of 5-6 oz tooling leather (~2×2)
Silhouette Kraft Paper (you could use vinyl, but I like the stiffness of the paper)
Scissors for cutting the leather (a good pair of fabric scissors will do)
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Ball Tool (I have the kit linked to here, but you can find these by the clay tools as well)
Fiebings British Tan Dye
Jacquards Metallic Rust paint
Hole Punch

Step 1: Cut out your Design

For this project, I just used a desgin I bought from the Silhouette store (see above).  So all I had to do was size it to be about 2 inches long and then cut it on the kraft paper.  I also like this design because there is no weeding neccesary.  I just used the stock setting for the Silhouette Kraft Paper.  And let me tell you, the Silhouette Kraft paper is perfect for this project!


Step 2: Cut out your Leaf

Adhere the larger leaf to your leather.  Then, using your leather scissors, cut around the pattern.  You won’t be able to get into the corners with the pattern there, but once you’ve got the basic outline you can remove the craft paper and snip out those corners.

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Step 3: Hand Emboss your Design

For this part, first wet the leather and then adhere the second, inner piece of craft paper to the leather.  You will want to make sure the leather is wet throughout this whole step, so you might want to keep a wet paper towel nearby to keep wetting it.

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Then, start pressing down hard with the ball tool in the open spaces of the design.  I realized afterwards that I would have liked it better if I didn’t press down around the outer edge.  I went over this step twice to make sure the impression was nice and deep.



Remove your paper guide, and you can see all of the embossed areas.  Nifty, huh?!  All hand embossed, and the sturdiness of the kraft paper plus the ability to stick right onto the leather helps so much!



Step 4: Decorate as you wish

For my decorations, I used the Fiebings British Tan dye and applied an uneven coat.  This made it look darker in the center.  I also decided it needed a bit more umph to the swirl, so i painted that in with some metallic rust paint.

Finally, punch a hole in the stem.  I used a hand awl, but you could also use a dremel, drill, or simple hole puncher.  Attach your keychain, and viola!


Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Paper Rosette Fall Wreath Hello Fall Sign Halloween Paper Bag Luminaries Spooky Mantle Ghost Town Dollar Store Placemat Jack O' Lantern Copper and Paper Embellished Pumpkins Ugly Sweater Wineglass Charms DIY Fall Leave Paper Wreath Starry Pumpkin Burlap & BOO Halloween Wreath Fall Paper Petals Fall Leaves Favor Tags 15 Minute Customized Halloween Buckets Gravestone Treat Bags with Free Cut File Beware of Zombies Halloween Shadow Box Welcome Sign Vampire Bat Specimen Boo-tiful Halloween Treats Little Turkey No Sew Thanksgiving Onesie Frozen Halloween Treats & Free Printable Fall Leaf Keychain Fall Lovin October Silhouette Challenge Punny #Hashtag Halloween Costume Still Falling For You Card DIY Etched Leaf Coasters

1. Create & Babble // 2. Lil Mrs. Tori // 3. unOriginal Mom // 4. Zanaree // 5. The Kim Six Fix // 6. One Dog Woof // 7. Cupcakes & Crowbars // 8. Living My Given Life // 9. Architecture of a Mom // 10. Put A Bird On It // 11. Just Add Paper // 12. Weekend Craft // 13. Silhouette School // 14. Minted Strawberry // 15. My Paper Craze // 16. McCall Manor // 17. Chicken Scratch NY // 18. Mama Sonshine // 19. Creative Ramblings // 20. From Wine to Whine // 21. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 22. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 23. The Thinking Closet // 24. Simply Kelly Designs // 25. Sandpaper & Glue //

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9 Responses to Fall Leaf Keychain

    • Thanks Meredith! The Silhouette is my savior. I could never make fun things like this without it! And I really really love their craft paper – it makes such a great stencil. Plus, it’s much cheaper than the stencil material. Though… I haven’t used the stencil material yet. I can’t wait to try it!

    • Everything makes me want to work with leather. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s just because it’s such a versatile and durable material. Plus, it’s so fun to experiment with. I know I don’t really do things “by the book”, but hey, this blog is my book, so it works. Right?! 🙂

    • Hi Helen! Sadly, the cameo does not cut leather that clean, or really at all with this thickness. I used the cameo to cut out a stencil, which I then adhered to the leather and cut around. Then another stencil to hand emboss.

      But, if you’re still interested in getting the leather, check out the materials section above. There’s a link to the type of leather I use sold by Tandy Leathers. I typically go into their store and pick out a large piece which I then use for a bunch of projects, but you can also by smaller pieces like the 8.5×11 that I link to above. 😀

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