Leather Plant Hanger: How to Make a Plant Hanger
Spruce up your indoor green space with a chic leather plant hanger! Whether you’re an experienced leatherworker or are just getting started, this is a fun and easy leather DIY project that everyone will love. Learn some basic leather crafting skills and show your favorite indoor potted plant some love with this easy leather crafting DIY. Let’s get started.
In today’s video tutorial, we’re going to show you how to make your own plant hanger. The beauty of this hanger design is that you can customize it to fit any size of plant pot. Simply measure the diameter of your plant pot and add an inch to that measurement. That will be the width of your plant hanger band.
Natural veg tan leather gives our plant hanger a trendy and chic vibe. We chose to leave our leather natural-looking with no dye or paint. You can absolutely dye your leather if you want a bright and colorful plant hanger, or dye it dark brown for a rustic, traditional look. It's a good idea to waterproof your leather with Otter Wax Leather Protectant to protect the leather from water stains and damage when watering the plant, and we'll show you how to do that.
Materials & Tools List:
- Veg Tan Leather Side 2 to 3 oz. (#123696)
- Gingher® Leather Scissors Right Handed (#123749)
- Sailrite® Flat Head Utility Knife (#122559)
- Sailrite® Leather Strap Cutter (#123268)
- Sailrite® Professional Rotary Hole Punch (#123274)
- Double-Cap Rivets Nickel (#122575)
- D-Ring Without Bar 1" (#122757)
- Sailrite® Canvas Patterning Ruler (#107040)
- Clear Acrylic Ruler 6" x 24" (#102400)
- Measuring Tape (#102986)
- Template Marking Pencil (#123139)
- Wonder Clips Assorted Colors (#121876)
- Sailrite® Scratch Awl (#123270)
- Sailrite® Bakelite Mallet 13 oz. (#123309)
- Sailrite® Battery Operated Thread Burner (#122432)
- Otter Wax Boot Wax Leather Protectant (#123761)
- Tempered Cutting Glass (#121915)
- Sailrite® Double-Sided Cutting Mat (#123113)
- Sailrite® Cutting Block & Die Holder (#121597)
- #18 Leather Sewing Machine Needle (#100796)
- Smooth Leather Foot Set for Sailrite® Fabricator® (#400212)
- Sailrite® Standard Fabricator® Sewing Machine Package (110V) (#400500)
Watch the video to learn how to DIY a leather plant hanger. Below the video, you’ll find written instructions for those who prefer step-by-step instructions instead of video tutorials.
DIY Leather Plant Holder Instructions:1. Find the longest section of your leather side. Cut two 1-inch by 68-inch strips. These are the straps for the hanger.
2. Take your pot and measure the circumference. Add 1 inch to the circumference for overlap. Cut out a 2-inch-wide band by your desired length.
3. Next, cut two 4-inch-diameter circles to support the base of the plant pot. If your plant pot has a drainage hole, cut a drainage hole in each circle to allow for water drainage. Line these holes up so the water drains efficiently.
4. After all the leather pieces are cut, apply Otter Wax Boot Wax to waterproof the leather and protect it. Apply boot wax to both sides of each piece. Let the boot wax dry for 24 hours before resuming your project.
5. Layer the straps together with the smooth side of each strap facing up and keeping the ends flush. Slide the D ring onto the straps to the middle point, and then fold the straps again so the strap ends are all flush on one end and the D ring is at the other end.
6. Use fabric clips to hold the strap layers in place.
7. Using a scratch awl and ruler, measure down from the D ring 5 inches and mark a 1/2-inch line centered and parallel with the top of the strap. Make two more 1/2-inch lines below the first, each 1/2 inch down the strap from the next line.
8. Sew three stitch lines over the marked lines you made in the previous step. To backstitch into the same holes as your forward stitches, lift the presser foot and rotate the balance wheel by hand until your needle is positioned right over the hole you’re backstitching into. Repeat this process to lock your stitches in place.
9. Measure and mark an "X" from side to side of the circle until you have four equal quadrants. Draw on the flesh side of one of the leather circles. Using fabric clips, clip all four straps to the circle, lining up the straps with the X lines so they are evenly spaced around the circle. Make sure the flesh side of the straps is facing the inside and not the outside of the plant hanger.
10. Clip the second circle on top of the first circle, sandwiching the strap ends. Make sure the grain side is facing out.
11. Sew a 1/4-inch seam allowance around the edge of the circle assembly, sewing through the strap ends. Reverse-sew to lock your stitches in place.
12. Take your leather band and skive 1/2 inch from the flesh side of each end so the band lies flat at the overlap when it’s sewn together. Once you’ve skived enough leather thickness away, overlap the ends 1/2 inch and sew the layers together. Use the backstitching method explained above to create a clean seam.
13. Put the band around the plant pot and place it in the hanger. Adjust the height of the band to your liking and make sure everything looks straight. Take a scratch awl and mark the locations on each of the four straps for your rivets. Use the scratch awl to mark the strap locations along the band as well.
14. Punch holes through each rivet location on the straps and band using a hole punch.
15. Once all holes are punched, line up the band with your hanger straps and set the eight rivets.
16. Your plant is ready for hanging! Hang it from a ceiling or window frame using the hardware of your choice. Enjoy your DIY leather plant hanger!