I'm a regular at Disneyland. I started taking my oldest daughter when she was just 3 months old so I could go on the rides and pretend like she really cared. well, everytime I go I have to stop at leather bracelet shop in Frontierland. It's super popular. You can pick what color leather band you want and then they carve your name into the bracelet. I have been getting them every time we go. My husband has every color, I have all the colors, even both my babies have some. The only problem is you can only carve your first name. No middle name, no last, no birthdates, no inspirational words, nada. Just a first name. So I went to Michaels and picked up some raw leather bands and made my own bracelets! This is not only easy but you can get super creative and not to mention I got eight raw leather bands for the price of one at Disneyland!
First you will need to buy raw leather bands or already stained leather bands. I found that Michaels had them for the best price. Eight bands for $7 and then you can use your 40% off coupon as well.
Now using a pencil first write out what you want on the leather band before you carve so you have something to follow. Lily wrote her own name so I could carve it for her.
On my bracelet I used an already stained leather band that was a little thinner. I bought the carving tools at Michaels here. This was $10 and it comes with different thicknesses of blades. I recommend practicing with one of your leather pieces because it's hard at first to do certain letters. In the picture above I'm using an already stained leather band but if you buy the raw leather bands carve them first, then stain.
If you want to get fancy with your leather bands you can use shoe polish to stain them or pick out some of these waterproof leather paints ($2.50) each. I bought them at Dharma Trading here.
Lily painted hers pink (of course).
And this was her finished piece.
Olive just ate her band : )
So I made one for her.
And here are some of our finished pieces. Go ahead try it!