Hanging Leather Planter




Introduction: Hanging Leather Planter

About: I'm a programmer from Siberia and the leatherworking is my hobby. I think the everyone deserves really high-quality goods and I'm trying to make them)

In the spring, all nature comes to life. And despite the remaining snowdrifts outside the window, it's time to put the houseplants in order.

My wife recently transplanted an overgrown shoot of her favorite orchid into a new larger pot. The problem is that our flower rack holds a limited number of flowers, strictly according to the number of areas it has. And there were a little more flowers.

But I figured out how to save the situation and made a hanging leather orchid planter. Moreover, the location of the various areas just makes it easy to link.

The manufacturing process is quite simple and very exciting, as you assemble the constructor :) Try it!

Step 1: Materials & Tools

For and manufacturing we need:

  1. A flower pot with a saucer - will not be damaged during the work :)
  2. Metal ring with an inner diameter of about 40mm
  3. Metal ring with an inner diameter of about 15mm
  4. Metal triangle with side about 15mm
  5. Ruler
  6. Awl
  7. Grinding knife
  8. Just a sharp knife (or rotary)
  9. Round punches 2mm and 8mm diameter
  10. Beveller 1mm
  11. Rivets - I have a 7mm head
  12. Leather. I took vegetable tanned 2mm thickness
  13. Protective agent for skin and brush for application. I took Elixir from Kenda. It practically does not change the color and texture of the skin and quite well helps from water
  14. 6mm diameter rope (optional)

Step 2: Marking Up the Straps

We need to mark three strips 25mm wide.

The length of the strips depends on the selected pot. I have a pot about 110mm high and 150mm in diameter at its widest point.

With such dimensions, the length of each strip should be 500-550mm. We'll cut off the excess later :)

Step 3: Cut Strips

We cut the strips carefully and without haste.
The sharper the knife, the neater strips will come out. Rotary knives are generally very good for straight cutting.

Step 4: Marking the Ring

Using a flower pot as a reference, mark how long we need a strip.

The strip should wrap around the top (wider) part of the pot. It is also worth considering that the strip itself should overlap by about 15-20mm.

Step 5: Thining

Carefully cut the strip according to the mark made in the previous step.

So that the overlap is not conspicuous, you need to thin the ends of the strip.

Thin the left and right edges by approximately the width of the overlap. For the process to go neatly and easily, the knife must be very sharp.

Important: on the one hand, we thin the front side of the skin, and on the other - the back side!

Step 6: Hole Marking

We mark the places for the holes.

First, mark the holes along the edges. When you connect them, we get a ring.

Then we divide the distance between them into 4 equal segments.

Step 7: Punching Holes

We punch all the holes marked in the last step. Diameter 2mm.

Step 8: Divide in Half

We carefully divide the remaining two stripes in half.

Thus, we have 4 strips of about 250 mm in length.

Step 9: Rounding the Corners

Round off the corners on one side of each strip. This side will be attached to the metal ring.

Step 10: Thining

Thin the reverse side of the skin where the rounding was made, 15-20 mm is enough.

This is necessary so that there is no large protrusion at the bottom.

Step 11: Bottom Holes

Mark the holes at a distance of 10 mm and 50 mm from the rounded edge. This distance is quite enough when using materials similar to mine.

Alternative: Try one strip on a large metal ring, mark in place. Transfer the markings to the remaining strips.

Punch holes 2 mm in diameter.

Step 12: Temporary Assembly

We assembly the cross from a metal ring and leather strips.

We connect everything with rivets or screws, but do not fasten it tightly, since this is a test assembly, it is only needed for fitting.

Step 13: Marking the Cross

Using the pot as a reference, mark on one strip the place where the leather ring will pass and where to make holes for the suspension.

We disassemble the crosspiece into separate elements.

Step 14: Marking the Cross Strips

We transfer the markup from the previous step to all other strips.

Looking from the edge with the holes already punched, I have the following hole placement:

10 mm -> 50 mm -> 179 mm -> 214 mm

We mark the rounding at a distance of 12-15 mm from the last hole.

Step 15: Round Off

With a sharp knife, round off the stripes according to the markings from the last step.

If it does not work out very smoothly, you can touch up with sandpaper.

Step 16: Chamfering

We remove chamfers from all strips on both sides.

The tool must be sharp to handle the skin well.

Step 17: Punching Holes

We punch holes on all strips.

The outermost hole should be about 8 mm, the hanger will be inserted into it.

The second 2mm hole is needed for attaching the leather ring.

Step 18: Marking the Hanging Strips

At this stage, you need to decide what kind of suspension you want to use.

If the suspension is rope, then we skip this and the next 2 steps.

Those who decided to make a suspension from leather need 2 strips 7-8 mm wide and about 1 m long each.

Step 19: Cutting Out the Stripes

With a sharp knife, cut out our long strips marked in the previous step.

The sharper the knife, the less the skin will pull when cutting, and the smoother the strip will come out.

Step 20: Chamfering

Chamfering the long sides of our straps. We do this both from the front and from the seamy side.

Step 21: Moisture Protection

All leather parts that we have are evenly coated with a moisture protection agent.

You need to cover from all sides. I highly recommend that you read the instructions for your product. And not just get acquainted, but also use the knowledge gained when applying :)

Step 22: Assembly

When everything is well dry, you can put everything together.

First, the cross is assembled, then a leather ring is riveted to it.

Step 23: If Suspension Leather

The pictures clearly show how to collect everything, but I will try to additionally present a text algorithm:

  • take a strip
  • tie a knot from the edge
  • insert the strip into a free loop on the planter (from the outside to the inside)
  • thread the strip into a small metal ring
  • thread the strip into a metal triangle
  • again thread the strip into a small metal ring, but in the opposite direction
  • insert the strip into a free loop on the planter (from the inside to the outside)
  • tie a knot

Repeat for the second strip the same thing again.

Step 24: If Suspension Rope

If you are making a rope suspension, then use the algorithm from the previous step, simply replacing the word "leather strip" with "rope" :)

Step 25: Наслаждаться

Everything worked out, which means now you can add almost 2 times more plants to the rack with flowers than it was originally designed :) Tropical jungle nearby.

May there be more beauty in the house!

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    1 year ago

    Step 25: Наслаждаюсь (I'm enjoying)
    Happy Orchids :)

    Stevens Workshop
    Stevens Workshop

    1 year ago

    Nice simple design that looks like it could be easily modified to fit any size of pot.


    1 year ago

    What a fantastic idea! They look so nice and so much easier to use instead of macrame hangers :)

    Ivan Beldiagin
    Ivan Beldiagin

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks a lot.
    I'm really happy when my instructables get feedback like your.
    I hope this project will be helpful :)


    Question 1 year ago on Step 8

    At step 8, would it be acceptable to just leave the two strips intact and join in the middle with a single rivet? Or is there a specific reason besides appearance for the ring? Very nice project! Спасиьо

    Ivan Beldiagin
    Ivan Beldiagin

    Answer 1 year ago

    Of course you can!
    I had a ring and thought that it could be interesting to use it in this project.
    Thanks a lot for your question and feedback! :)