Who doesn’t love quick and simple projects, those that do not require many materials to complete? I sure do! Today’s tutorial is just that and more. In this tutorial, you will create a hanging rack made from leather and wood. If this is your first time working with leather, don’t worry. This project is so easy, it doesn’t require power tools at all. You will, however, need basic crafting tools such as a hole puncher, scissors, and rivets.
This is a great project for those who could use a little organizing in their tiny apartment. You can make several of these racks and hang them in places where there’s a lot of clutter or give them away as gifts. The best part? The leather hanging rack’s clean and simple aesthetics will definitely please minimalist sensibilities. If you’re ready to make your own leather hanging rack for your tiny apartment, gather these materials:
You will need:
2 pcs. Leather strips, 60 inches in length
12-inches wood dowels
Rivets and setter
Key rings or D-rings
A pair of scissors
Step 1: Cutting the Leather
Check if both leather strips are at the same length. Cut the ends of the leather across with scissors. Using a measuring tape, measure about 1/4 inch from the edge and mark with a pen.
Using the hole puncher, punch a hole at each end of the leather strip. Be sure to line up the edges of the pieces of leather as you punch the holes so they line up nicely.
Step 2: Attaching the Hardware
After punching holes into the leather ends, insert the metal rings between the two pieces of leather. Make sure that the holes are still aligned when attaching the metal rings. This way, the rack will be stable once it’s hanged.
Secure the metal rings by hammering the rivets and setters. Just to make sure the rings are aligned, check the alignment before securing the rivets and setter. Once the rivets are set, they are almost impossible to remove.
Step 3: Securing the Dowels
When the metal rings have been attached, fold the opposite end of the leather. Insert the wood dowel into the leather to measure how the dowel will fit. With a pen, mark the leather when you get the right fit for the rivets.
Take the dowel out and hammer the rivets close. If the dowels are thick, give them more room and secure with two rivets.
Tip: Shaping the leather strip can be a little difficult because the material is stiff. The tutorial suggests allowing for 2 inches of space to fit the dowels, especially if the dowels are thicker. This way, hammering the rivets to the right spot won’t be a struggle.
Step 4: Assembling the Rack
Once the first dowel has been inserted into the leather, measure about 9 inches from the rivets at the bottom of the rack then add the next set of rivets and dowel. Repeat the process; leave about 9 inches of space between dowels and adding more rivets to secure them.
Once the dowels are inserted, your leather rack is complete! You can now use it to hang towels, magazines, and other items to tidy up your tiny apartment.
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