This Latticed Leather Plant Hanger is definitely a low effort high reward project. It's super easy to make, the end result is pretty impressive and the process doesn't require a lot of specialty leather tools.
Step 1: Tools and Supplies
- a piece of leather able to accommodate the diameter of your plant pot. In my case I used a piece of 4-5 oz leather about 9 inches by 13 inches. Mine was a leftover double shoulder piece from Tandy.
- leather hole punches + wooden mallet. You can also use a rotary hole punch. I just happened to have the punches + mallet on hand.
- Board for punching/cutting
- any ruler
- leather latigo lace - for the hanging. you can substitute with cording or anything else you like
- compass drawing tool
- box cutter
I left my leather natural, if you want to dye yours this is an excellent instructable on dying leather.
Step 2: Make the Template
This is a really easy and adjustable pattern, so easy that rather than making the pattern then printing it out and tracing it I just drew on the fuzzy size of the leather with my compass. The basic idea is to not completely cut out circles so the one piece of leather stays connected with each ring.
- draw a circle of four and quarter inches in radius with the compass.
- using a ruler, make notches every half an inch.
- draw with compass the cut lines for every ring.
Step 3: Punching & Cutting
Using the smaller hole punch (mine was 1/16"), punch out the ends of your cuts on your template. This does two things:
- makes the leather less likely to rip from the cut lines. This is important as the leather hanger is weight bearing.
- simply makes it easier to cut the leather with the box cutter
After the holes are punched out, cut the leather in accordance with your template.
Step 4: Add Leather Lace
- using a bigger hole punch (mine was 1/4"), make four holes on the last leather ring
- cut two equal lengths pieces of leather lace
- loop the ends of the laces through the four large holes, tie a knot beneath
Step 5: Place Pot and Enjoy!
Some variations to consider:
- changing the width of each ring.
- perfectly wet form the leather on the bottom to the planter
- making the whole thing bigger and using a fibonacci sequence instead of circular rings.
Runner Up in the
Tandy Leather Contest 2016