5 Minute DIY to Try: Leather Wrapped DIY Gift Wrap for the Holidays

Leather wrapped DIY gift wrap for the holidays

The other day, I found a bunch of leftover leather straps in my craft closet, from old DIY projects (leather handle tote bag DIY + leather wrapped art frames). So, I pulled them out to reuse for another holiday gift wrap idea and am sharing the quick tutorial today.

These stamped nameplate gift tags are great for any gifts you might be giving during the holidays. And depending on the gift wrap you use, they can be a completely unisex gift tag option too. I’m definitely adding leather straps to all of the guy gifts I’m giving this year.

Leather wrapped DIY gift wrap for the holidays

To make your own, you’ll need the following…


– leather straps (you can find them on Amazon here and here)
– metal letter stamp set 
– stamping hammer (you can use a regular hammer too, but a stamping hammer is easier to manage)
4×4 inch steel block (optional)
– hot glue gun

How To:

1. Wrap your gifts in gift wrap, like you normally would. Then. cut a piece of leather that perfectly wraps around your present. You want the leather to meet in the back without overlapping.

2. Next, arrange your stamps in the order that they’ll be stamped for your message. Place the first letter straight up and down onto the leather strap and strike the hammer down onto the top of the stamp handle.

3. Remove that letter and start the process again with the next letter. Continue this until your message, note, or name plate is complete.

4. Then run a bead of glue all the way across the backside of the leather strip and attach to your wrapped gift. Press down to get the leather strap to adhere. Once you’ve given it a minute to dry, you’re done. And in case you’re wondering if the hot glue makes it more difficult to unwrap the gift, it doesn’t. You can pop it right off and unwrap the gift as normal.

Take it further… To create Christmas cracker gifts, use a mailing tube instead of a regular gift box. Then wrap it in gift wrap with 4-5 inches of excess paper on each side of the tube. Then, tie off the sides with string. Once that’s done, you can add a stamped leather name plate with some hot glue and you’re good to go.

Leather wrapped DIY gift wrap for the holidays

Leather wrapped DIY gift wrap for the holidays

Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Craft production assisted by Amelia Tatnall

So, who’s up for some leather stamped gift wrap? Curious to know what you think of this project. And for even more DIY holiday wrapping ideas, head over here.

20 comments | Click here to reply

This is such a cute and creative gift wrapping idea! It also pairs so well with the wrapping paper too–which is ADORABLE
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Amanda | December 11th, 2015 at 10:01 am

Thanks Amanda!

Brittni | December 11th, 2015 at 10:02 am

Never thought about using leather for Christmas wrapping, it surely looks precious!
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Michelle | December 11th, 2015 at 10:03 am

Thanks Michelle!

Brittni | December 11th, 2015 at 10:46 am

LOVE THIS! My favorite diys are ones where I can use scraps from another project. Can’t wait to add leather details to my presents

Catherine | December 11th, 2015 at 11:13 am

Awesome Catherine. Let me know how it turns out.

Brittni | December 11th, 2015 at 11:57 am

This is CRAZY cool. I love that you stamped the names onto the leather.
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Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling | December 11th, 2015 at 4:59 pm

Aw, thanks Amy. Glad you like it.

Brittni | December 11th, 2015 at 11:00 pm


Enjoy reading your blog.

Annie | December 11th, 2015 at 11:18 pm

Happy to hear that Annie. Thanks for visiting.

Brittni | December 12th, 2015 at 5:00 am

This is sooo cute *.*

Sisters, Jeans & Messy buns | December 12th, 2015 at 6:26 am

🙂 Thanks Sisters!

Brittni | December 12th, 2015 at 11:27 am

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Découvertes du Week-end | A Parisian Journey | December 13th, 2015 at 1:07 pm

More leather tutorials, please! I still have your leather frames on my to-do list. I love this one and that it can be used for gift wrap throughout the year.
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Kimberly | December 14th, 2015 at 10:43 am

Love the leather accents! Such a beautiful and fun way to give a gift!

Eden Passante | December 14th, 2015 at 5:20 pm

Hello 🙂 So glad I’ve stumbled across your site 🙂
so inspiring ! May I ask where I can find the wrapping
paper – super fresh + pretty !

Thank you in advance !

Donna | March 20th, 2016 at 5:21 pm

Beautiful! Do you happen to know where the gift wrap is from or the brand?

Megan | September 18th, 2016 at 8:34 am

Thanks Megan and Donna. With the exception of the blue and yellow pattern paper (which is from Britt Bass), I painted all of the wrapping paper myself. Shared the painted paper process in this post… http://www.papernstitchblog.com/2015/12/01/a-creative-way-to-wrap-a-gift-card-diy-gift-wrap-for-pattern-lovers/

Brittni | September 18th, 2016 at 10:41 am

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