How to Emboss Leather DIY

Embossed leather can look great and even better it is surprisingly easy to do. If you want to know how to emboss leather DIY, there are a couple of options available. The method you choose will come down to whether or not you have leather working tools.  The other thing to know is that embossing will not work on pre-treated leather such as a belt or other accessories; it is only effective on untreated leather. 

So let’s look at a couple of ways on how to emboss leather DIY.

The first method is the most simple and doesn’t require specialised leather working tools. However you will need a clamp. 

  • Once you have your leather, search online or at a hobby store for a metal leather stamp or you can use a charm if it is sturdy and flat and has a cut edge. 
  • Place the leather flat onto a work table. Make sure the front side is upward facing and make sure it is on a surface, such as a table edge where you can easily fit a G clamp.
  • Wipe the leather with a damp sponge and place your stamp or metal object flat on the leather in a position where it can fit under the clamp. 
  • Put the clamp in the centre of the stamp and then tighten it as far as it will go.
  • Leave for 20 minutes, then release and seal the leather with leather finish. 

The second method requires the use of a leather stamping set which you can buy online or at a hobby store. A leather stamping kit comes with various stamp designs and a metal cylinder that you used to emboss the surface. 

How to emboss leather DIY in this way is a fairly straight forward method that can yield surprisingly effective results. 

  • As with the first method, first place the leather on a table surface and dampen with a wet sponge. 
  • Then place the stamp into position where it is required. Fit the cylinder into the stamp and hold it firmly with one hand.
  • Hit the top of the cylinder with a wooden mallet a couple of times. You can check whether the impression has taken on the leather. If not continue hitting until the leather is embossed. 
  • Once you have completed the first impression, you can then move onto other areas in order to create a more intricate design.
  • Once you have completed your design, add a leather finishing product to seal the leather. 
  • Once the leather has dried you can then add further flourishes such as paint. Any type of paint is suitable for painting on leather as long as it is alcohol based.