It's a good reminder that starting with materials, rather than a fully formed end goal, will encourage some of the best creations. Our latest raw material infatuation for crafting is strips of leather a few inches wide, which you can purchase in 50-inch lengths for about $10 a piece.
Here are 7 home DIY's we love that don't require much more than a few of these. (If you need them longer, just punch a few holes using a leather punch and knot the ends together with hand-sewing thread.)
A Hanging Rack
By suspending a piece of driftwood (or a thick wooden dowel, or a copper rod) between two loops of leather and arranging a few S-hooks across it, you've created a very pretty, very technically-simple dish or clothing rack. (Via Heitenbaum.)
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Just a flip of leather strip, a dab of glue, and a screw come together to make these handy drawer pulls that are comfy loops for your finger to grab onto. (Via One Kings Lane.)
Captain's mirrors—circular, and slung from a knob with a length of rope or leather—can be very pricey. But by making one yourself with the help of long leather strips, you won't have to worry about that. (Via House & Home.)
By folding a length of leather in half over a brass ring and securing the end with a snap, you've made a bookmark-style magazine holder that you can reuse over and over to display them on the wall. (Via A Pair & A Spare.)
Not a dissimilar construction from the dish rack, this DIY shelf is just two strips of leather, a long board, and some C-hooks to secure it to the wall. (Via Burkatron.)
A few smart snips, folds, and one well-placed rivet turn a bit of leather into something you'll hold onto for a long while. (Via Homey Oh My.)
For the truly intrepid DIY-er, a long body pillow can be secured to the wall with leather loops, creating a suspended headboard that you wouldn't actually mind bumping your head into. (Via Julies Kreahule.)
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