Leather Streamers

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Introduction: Leather Streamers

My husband made a joke that I should have streamers on my scooter. I decided to make some.

These leather streamers are easy to make and it takes longer for the glue to dry than to put them together.

These aren't your baby sister's streamers.

Step 1: Materials

Leather strips

E6000 or similar heavy duty glue

rubber bands

InstaMorph moldable plastic

lighter (optional)

Step 2: Pegs

Note: I have used and reused my InstaMorph moldable plastic many times. It makes it easier to re-melt the pieces if you melt them, thin them out, and cut them into small pieces before storing them for later. I have a pickle jar filled with pieces like this, but the InstaMorph actually comes in small pellets that melt easily and quickly.

My coffee maker spits out water at the perfect temperature to melt the InstaMorph, but regardless of how you do it, melt about a tablespoon's worth and mold it into the shape shown.

You can harden it quickly by placing the piece in the fridge or freezer.

Repeat, so you have one for each handlebar.

Step 3: Glue

Apply E6000 to one side of the first peg and stick each strip of leather to the peg so that the attractive side is facing out (if there is an attractive side).

Wrap a rubber band around it and let dry.

Repeat on second peg.

Step 4: Finishing

Remove the rubber band, apply glue, and wrap a piece of contrasting leather around the top.

When dry, you may want to lightly burnish off fuzzy edges with a lighter.

Push the pegs into your handlebars and get ready to roll.

Step 5: Rock the Road

Take her for a spin!

And to really rock the road, check out my instructable for a vintage style bluetooth speaker holster!

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    8 Comments

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    PhilTee
    PhilTee

    6 years ago

    Oh I love this, I'm going to have to make something similar for my wife's bike :)

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    Brooklyntonia
    Brooklyntonia

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome! Don't forget to come back and post an "I made it" with a picture.

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    seamster
    seamster

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Those are some stylish leather streamers! Very nicely done!

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    Brooklyntonia
    Brooklyntonia

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thank You!

    What kind of sewing machine is in your profile image? It looks just like my Pfaff 130 except for the color.

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    seamster
    seamster

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Oh my, you're good! I'm very impressed!

    It is in fact a Pfaff 130. I stripped all the paint off of it, and it's awaiting a new custom wooden case and perhaps a hot new paint job.

    I dabble in sewing projects occasionally, but I'm really a sewing machine nerd. I collect them, fix them . . . and occasionally sew on them.

    So you've got a Pfaff 130? Is it your regular sewer? Because it is one of the best sewing machines ever made.

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    Brooklyntonia
    Brooklyntonia

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I would love to see the finished product when it's done! I use it as much as I can. I only have one bobbin that fits it, so when I know I'm going to switch between colors a lot, I use my modern machine.