Leather and homewares is such a great combo that I couldn't resist doing up a plant hanger DIY to show you. If you'e anything like me, you love having plants in the house but finding a spot to put them without cluttering up your space can be tricky. That's why I love the idea of a hanging planter that can be suspended from the ceiling or the wall. This tutorial is also an ideal introduction to leathercraft for beginners, as you start to get a feel for working with this amazingly strong and versatile material. I've also done a video of this tutorial which you can check out here. So let's get started!
What you'll need:
Leather pieces (see below for details)
2 metal rivets (5 or 10mm depending on leather thickness)
Metal hook for hanging
Leather or Upholstery Shears
Plastic or Rawhide Mallet
Leather Hole punch
A NOTE ON WORKING WITH LEATHER
For this project I used offcuts from leather upholstery manufacturers. This is chrome tanned leather, which is most commonly used for fashion and leather accessories. Leather offcuts are now available in some craft stores. I bought mine from Reverse Garbage Queensland. For an explanation on leather, techniques, tools and suppliers, see my previous blog post on the basics of leathercraft.
You'll have two different sides to your leather. The grain is the smooth or shiny side where the hair has been removed and the flesh side is usually a bit like suede. The grain side will be your front and the flesh side will be the back.
Start by measuring out your leather. You'll need 4 strips approx. 65cm in length and 1.5cm wide, and one tiny strip approx. 12cm in length and 1.5cm wide. The tiny strip will be a loop to connect your hanger to the metal ring. Draw on the back of the leather so you won't see your pen marks when you're done.
Next, cut out your leather strips using your shears.
Make a mark at each end of your strips where your holes will be punched.
Punch your holes in each end of the leather. If you're using a rotating leather hole punch, make sure you select the right size hole for your rivet. You can do this by testing how your rivet fits in the hole making punches. It should be a snug fit. You can punch one hole first and then line up all the rest underneath to make sure the spacing is even.
Take your rivet. It will have two parts to it, the shaft (long bit) and the cap. Gather your strips together at one end and place the shaft through each of the four holes you've punched. Arrange your strips so they form a cross splaying out from the rivet shaft. Place the cap on top of your shaft. You may feel a slight click as it connects.
Place your project on the marble slab with the bottom of the shaft sitting flush. Hammer down on the top of your cap to secure the rivet in place. You should see it bite down in the leather slightly.
Next, take the opposite ends of your strips and arrange them in a cross with the second rivet shaft pushed through to hold them in place. Take your little strip of leather and place it so that the rivet goes through each hole and forms a loop that sits above your leather strips.
Place your cap on and hammer down just as before.
Open up your metal ring and thread it through your leather loop.
Use a hook to hang and place your favourite little pot plant in the cradle made by your leather strips. And voila! There you have your leather plant hanger!