Dress Up Any Vase With This Easy Leather Handled DIY

Vintage portrait painting
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These days modern, minimalist decor seems to be focused around the idea of natural textures and colors. Happily, those are some of the easiest materials to come across in everyday life — and they're often well within budget, or even free if you just step outside and use what's in your own backyard. Today, we're demonstrating this idea with a tutorial for a DIY leather handled vase that uses organic scrap materials to give new personality to a vintage vessel.

DIY leather handled vase reveal
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Things You'll Need

  • Tall, thin vase

  • Leather scrap (pre-cut it to be a few inches larger than the diameter of your vase)

  • Straightedge

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

  • Metal snap kit (one that includes the metal snap hardware and snap fastener)

  • Hammer

  • Greenery or branches

Note: You can get scrap leather from just about any fabric or reupholstery store—just ask an associate to cut you a small 12-inch strip. There might be a small fee for the sample depending on store policy.

Brown leather and other craft supplies
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Mark the Leather

Lay the leather scrap facedown on a flat work surface with the vase lying on its side on top. Line a straightedge up underneath the vase on the leather where you'd like to cut it, and mark both the top and bottom edges of your leather with a pencil.

DIY leather handled vase: Step 1
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Cut the Leather

Use scissors to carefully cut the leather using the lines you marked in the previous step as your guide.

DIY leather handled vase: Step 2
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Add the Metal Snaps

Add the metal snaps to either end of the leather using the instructions that come with your particular snap kit.

DIY leather handled vase: Step 3
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Wrap the Vase

Wrap the leather around the vase, and snap it into place. Gently tug the leather until it hits your vase in just the right spot for your desired look.

DIY leather handled vase: Step 4
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Add Greenery

Consider filling the vase with greenery for a sculptural look (such as ornamental grasses), and style the surrounding area with other color-coordinated accessories.

DIY leather handled vase reveal
credit: Carrie Waller