DIY Hanging Leather and Brass Planters

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Materials

The leather hanging planters

We love the look of the leather hanging planter design featured on the DesignSponge blog a couple years ago. The printable template they include was a good starting point for our planters. We made several at the same size they did, and a few others by enlarging their template to be 12″ in diameter instead of 8″.

First, we wet down the leather using a water soaked sponge. Its easier to transfer the design from the paper template onto softened leather and the wet material keeps the impression of the design long enough for you to cut it out. The leather may absorb quite a bit of water so keep going until no more water is soaking in.

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Place the printed design template onto the wet leather. Its a good idea to tape it in place to keep the design registered while you trace it. We used a dull woodworking pencil and made sure to apply lots of pressure to get the lines pressed deeply into the leather.

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With the design transferred to the leather you can now cut it out using an x-acto or carpet knife, scissors or a combo of both. We found that suede was much more challenging to cut using a knife.

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If the leather is still wet, unfold the piece to let it dry further in its expanded form. Once dry its time to add the lines for hanging. We used leather lacing to nicely match the leather but macramé twine could also be a good option. We happened to have a grommet setting tool and found that to work great for preparing holes in the leather. We marked and placed 4 holes around the outer edge of the planter, taking care to make them even so that it hangs level.

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The brass tubing planter

We also really dig the hanging brass teardrop planter design from the Vintage Revivals blog. Will and Laura created their own version of it using brass tubing and galvanized steel wire.

First, they cut the tubing into a set of lengths: 20 x 1 1/2″ pieces and 5 x 9 1/2″ pieces. We were short on 1/8″ tubing so they improvised using tubes of larger diameter for some of the short pieces.

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They then threaded the tubing pieces onto a long piece of wire (about 10ft.). The basic idea with threading the pieces is to start with a loop of 5 pieces forming a single pentagon. Then add the next pentagon by threading 4 more pieces and threading the wire through the first side of that pentagon again so the next one starts at the same corner. This is very hard to explain so hopefully these photos help! Its fairly intuitive once you make the first pentagon.

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After competing the bowl shape, they attached the long pieces to the bowl with separate pieces of wire and joined them all at the top.

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