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Hone Your Craft

Make Your Own Easy, Shelter-Mag-Worthy Hanging Leather Plant Holder

Hone Your Craft BY katie nave freeman 05/28/2019

 

Analisa Jimenez produces the leather bags for her line Marloe in Long Beach, California, as sustainably as possible—which includes using up the scraps from every collection. Recently, she began hosting community workshops to help others make treasures out of what would otherwise be trash. When the owner of a local plant shop, Rolling Greens, heard that Analisa was sitting on a stock of leather leftovers, they decided a plant hanger tutorial was in order, and you can get in on the virtual version below.

 

 

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Gorilla Glue or other all-purpose craft glue
  • Leather punch
  • 1 small, flat leather stud
  • Leather strips or sheet at least 13 inches long and 3 inches wide—you can use a discarded or thrifted piece of leather clothing or ask for scraps at your local leather supplier or fabric store
  • Roll of leather cord or sturdy cotton string
  • Pen or pencil
  • Small potted house plant, about four to six inches at the base

 

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DIRECTIONS:

1. Using scissors, cut the leather into three long strips, each ¾ inch by 13 inches.

2. With the smooth side facing down, overlap the strips so that they are in an asterisk shape and place the pot in the center.

3. Lift the sides of each leather strap onto your pot to make sure they all hit at the same length. Once you find your center, remove the pot, and mark each leather piece at the intersection with a pen.

4. Using the leather punch, punch one hole in the center of your intersection. Add a dab of glue between the strips to avoid movement and allow to dry.

5. Place the stud through the hole and close it by adding the backside of the stud and pressing together. Hammer the stud in place.

 

6. Punch holes about ⅛ inch from the ends of your leather strips.

7. Cut six 16-inch lengths of string—if you want your pot to hang shorter or longer, you can also adjust the length to your taste and space.

8. Loop a string through each hole and tie small knots at the end of each strip. Place your pot in the middle of the leather asterisk again and pull the strings up just until the leather strips meet your pot.

9. Create a loop big enough to slip in a hook by wrapping the gathered strings around a few fingers.

10. Tie this loop into a knot and TA-DA! You now have a plant hanger. Suspend from your ceiling with a nail or drywall-anchored hook.

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