The 10 Prettiest Leather DIY Projects

There’s no doubt that leather is “on trend.” Know why? Because it’s AWESOME.  It also doesn’t hurt that its warm colors, texture, and organic quality fits in so perfectly with mid-century modern design.

I must admit working with leather is still quite daunting to me–I’m probably never going to make a full-on tote or clutch or anything that involves a lot of stitching, stamping, etc.  There are some truly incredibly leather DIY projects out there that are just beyond my attention span.  Sorry bloggers!


There are also lots of lovely DIYs that use leather in ways that are both easy and fast, and sometimes even cheap.  I’ve scoured the blogosphere for the prettiest modern leather DIY projects and I hope they inspire you to try a project of your own!

Leather DIY Project Ideas from Annabode

Like this post? Check out my Pinterest board for more fun leather DIYs.

*Please remember to pin from the original source.

Leather File Folders from Homey Oh My!

via Homey Oh My!

1. Leather file folders. Doing taxes would feel so luxe.

Leather Glasses Pouch by See Kate Sew

via See Kate Sew

2. No-Sew Leather Glasses Pouch. The polka-dots and brass make this little glasses pouch so adorable! I need to make one of these for my own glasses, which I can’t seem to save from sticky fingers and puppy kisses.

Leather Wall Hanging by design POST interiors

via design POST interiors

3. Leather Wall Hanging.  I seriously cannot get over this project.  What a genius take on a wall hanging!

Hanging Planter by Vintage Revivals

via Vintage Revivals

4. Leather + Brass Hanging Planter. I actually made this! I used copper tubing instead, but it was so fun to make and looked just lovely hanging by a window.

Leather Organizer by Mandy Pellegrin

via Design*Sponge

5. Leather Organizer. This is just too easy.  And too gorgeous! Don’t you love the different shades?

Leather Wine Rack by The Merrythought

via The Merrythought

6. Wood + Leather Wine Rack.  If I drank, I would totally make one of these!  Maybe I can make one for…sparkling grape juice.  Or cooking oils.  Or…

Color-Blocked Leather Keychain by The Crafted Life

via The Crafted Life

7. Color-Blocked Leather Keychain.  Your keys never looked so pretty.

Leather and Marble Jewelry Box by Annabode

This one’s mine!

8. Marbled Leather Jewelry Box.  Can you believe this started out as an old cigar box?

Leather and Gold Necklace by NORTHSTORY


9. Leather + Gold Hoop Necklace.  Lovely and minimal.

Leather Baby Booties by Delia Creates

via Delia Creates

10. Leather Baby Booties.  I die!

There you have it! 9 truly incredible DIY projects using leather and 1 I just snuck in there :).  Have you worked with leather before? What have you made?  I’d love to hear about it!

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Comments (20 )
  • Shannon [Our Home Notebook]
    | 26 February 2015

    Such beautiful, projects! I love those leather file folders.

    • annabode
      | 26 February 2015

      Me too! I’d love to have two or three for my desk.

  • Erin
    | 26 February 2015

    So many fun ideas! The organizer, those booties and that wine rack are great! Thanks for sharing!

    • annabode
      | 26 February 2015

      You’re welcome Erin! So glad you enjoyed it. There are some super talented bloggers out there!

  • Jessica @ The Dining Traveler
    | 26 February 2015

    I need those leather baby booties in my size! Adorable!

    • annabode
      | 26 February 2015

      Haha Jessica! I’m not kidding, there are DIY adult leather slippers on my Pinterest board.

  • Rachel | The Crafted Life
    | 27 February 2015

    thank you so much for sharing my keychain DIY! I’m so smitten with your cigar box diy too (pinning now!). If you’re looking for a super easy leather purse diy, I found and tried this one recently:

    It was seriously so easy, hope you give it a try 🙂

    • annabode
      | 3 March 2015

      You’re so welcome, Rachel! Everything you make is incredible :). Thanks for sharing that purse DIY, it’s so cute! I’ll definitely have to try it.

  • Julia@Cuckoo4Design
    | 27 February 2015

    They are all so great and stylish but those baby booties totally stole my heart!

    • annabode
      | 3 March 2015

      Mine too, Julia!

  • Beth of designPOST interiors
    | 1 March 2015

    Thank you so much for including me in this awesome round up of bloggers!! I hadn’t seen some of these projects and will definitely be pulling my leather supplies back out!!

    • annabode
      | 3 March 2015

      You’re welcome Beth! Your wall hanging is kick-a**.

  • Sarah J
    | 4 March 2015

    Popping over from Totally Terrific Tuesday =) I love the file folders. On big leather kick with my travelers notebooks. Need a tote too =) Be sure to share your recipes, crafts, upcycles & DIYs at Two Uses Tuesday (Mon 11pm EST to Fri 11pm EST) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don’t already!

    • annabode
      | 4 March 2015

      I love those too! It’s so hard to pick a favorite. Thanks for stopping by Sarah!

  • Amy @ Homey Oh My!
    | 5 March 2015

    Anna! So honored to be included in this beautiful roundup. I’ve gotta say- I’m a huge fan of your marbled jewelry box- one of my fav projects of yours!

    • annabode
      | 5 March 2015

      Thanks so much Amy! Your folders are amazing, I’m definitely going to make a few for myself 🙂

  • Christie
    | 10 March 2015

    What a great collection of projects! Thanks for sharing at Totally Terrific Tuesday! #tttparty

    • annabode
      | 24 March 2015

      Thanks Christie!

  • Tamara
    | 3 January 2016

    Fab post. Love the booties!
    Here’s mine:
    Happy crafting!

    • annabode
      | 6 January 2016

      Thanks Tamara — cute bracelet!

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