Thursday, November 3, 2011

DIY wrapped watch

I've seen it now around and in every single board on Pinterest...

The most coveted fun wrapped watches 
by La Mer.
I {HAD} to make my DIY version.

Here the side-by-side pictures:

photo of the original watch: La Mer

...and unleashed
photo of the original watch: La Mer

what you need and the tutorial:

Seemed pretty DIYable to me since it's nothing like a regular watch with longer straps and chains.
Good enough to me, since (are you tired of hear this?) I had everything from previous projects, and the watch too - an old one that needs a new battery, now!


1* Add one split ring to one side of the watch and get one side of the chains on another split ring

2* Cut two strips of thin leather size 1" x 13", glue the center on the wrong side, and fold 1/4" on both sides for the length, leaving about 1" un-glued at one side.

3 & 4 * Pass the un-glued leather under the side of the watch and fold the sides to overlap the folded part of the strap.

5* Repeat on the other side and put a drop of glue to keep it in place.

6* Punch the holes: one on both sides of the quadrant of the watch, and three at the bottom of one of the straps, where you want your buckle.

7* Hammer the rivets with the tool that comes with the rivets.

8* Connect the split ring next to the watch with the one where the chains are, lay the chains flat next to the straps and cut the chains slightly longer. - see picture -

9* Try the watch on and decide where to cut the strap.

10* Punch a hole next to the edge of the strap and place another rivet.

11* Punch 3 or 4 holes on the strap and...

12* You're done!
- Optional -

Un-leash your imagination and add charms, beads, studs & more!

and... WEAR often!!!

xox, d.

will party here

P.S.: Do you believe that bright {crafty} & {knockoffy} minds think alike??

Check what jewelry knockoff celebrity, A.K.A. Bev @ Flamingo Toes made.
We were probably playing with the same tools in the same day on opposite sides of the globe! LOL!!


  1. saw both the tutes and love them both :)

  2. LOVE it Donatella!!! That brown leather is so pretty and I love the chains!!! Fabulous job!!
    (I love that last sentence - how fun is that??? lol!!)

  3. now.... You really make me wanna do this... I mean... I have the watch... and basically nothing else... but I might go for some shopping on sat morning and give it a try......

  4. That looks awesome! The leather you used has a lovely natural look to it. Pinning your tute!

  5. Absolutely love this. I featured it on my blog.

  6. You made it look so easy. Thanks Kathi

  7. Ooohhh clever! I shall be doing something similar very soon :D

  8. Ok, I HAVE to make this for myself!! Thanks for showing me how :)

  9. Uhhhh. This is awesome. I've had my eye on watches like that since I saw one on pinterest forever ago. Great tutorial. I am a new follower. I've stumbled upon your blog several times and have loved everything I've found. After seeing this post I knew I needed to just follow and make sure I don't miss anything. Thanks for the inspiration. I shared on FB and Twitter. :)

  10. This is amazing! Your talent always surprises me.

  11. Oh my gosh! SUPER FABULOUS!!!!!
    I'd love for you to link up to my Fresh Friday Link Party!

  12. Wow! Really amazing and so beautiful. I love it! I make it as soon as possible. Thanks for this tuto and your beautiful blog.

  13. Visit me back

  14. AWESOME!!! New follower from Craft-O-Maniac :)

  15. What a great way to revamp a watch! Love it!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  16. It is amazing! This watch is a "must have" :)
    Thanks for sharing your tutorial.

  17. you'll hear this all the time, but your version is so much better than the brand! Seriously, if I had both of them in front of me and my cash ready, you'd pocket it. Thanks for the great tute!

  18. Holy crap! I love this. I really like yours better. I need to find time to make me one. Thanks for the tutorial!

  19. Okay, I like your watch better! I'd love for you to come link this up to my very first link party, Head to Head Showdown at


  20. Wow! Great job! You are super talented!! I love it! I am now your newest follower via Passionately Artistic and I hope you will follow me, too! Blessings to you!

  21. love it, and your confidence in all your knock off projects! thanks so very much for sharing on Craft schooling Sunday, you bring a whole new dimension to the party!

  22. I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
    OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)

  23. WOW - this is awesome!!! If you need a reviewer, let me know...these are absolutely beautiful...your very talented...

    I want to invite you to come over and link up with Couponing & Reviewing in Texas' 1st Hopping for your Honey Valentine's Day Giveaway Blog Hop

  24. wow you are amazing! and honestly i like your version better! xo

  25. I love this watch! I really want to make my own now.

  26. I am in love with this watch!! You did an amazing job!!

  27. You are one clever girl!

  28. I wanted to let you know that I featured this on my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post today - stop by and check it out!

  29. I love this!! You did a great job! Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my link party going on right now :)

    Have a great week!!

  30. Love love love this! You make it seem so EASY! I might be tempted to try this myself!!

  31. I still adore your watch - that brown leather is too pretty!
    I did a roundup of my Six most popular featured projects from 2012 and this tutorial made the list!
    Thanks so much for linking it up last year!


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