DIY Hanging Leather Rack

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If you’re a long time reader you will already know that my favorite projects are easy and simple. Today’s project is both. I saw a picture of this hanging leather rack on Pinterest and knew right away I had to try and make my own. This was my first time working with real leather so it was definitely an educational experience as well.

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DIY-Hanging-Leather-RackMaterials

Two pieces leather (60 inches in length) | Wood Dowels minimum 12 inches long | Rivets and setter | Key Rings (I only had circular ones but D-shaped would work too) | Scissors | Hole Punch | Pen | Measuring Tape

DIY-Hanging-Leather-RackStart by making sure both pieces of leather are the same length and cut the ends straight across. I bought leather pieces from Etsy that came in 60 inch pieces so I only trimmed the very ends. At the ends of each piece, measure about 1/4 inch from the edge and make a mark.

DIY-Hanging-Leather-RackPunch a hole at one end of the leather. Line up the edges of the pieces of leather and punch your second hole through the first so they line up.

DIY-Hanging-Leather-RackAdd your metal ring between the two pieces of leather making sure the holes are still aligned.

DIY-Hanging-Leather-RackAdd your rivet and hammer it to secure.

DIY-Hanging-Leather-RackNow, let’s go down to the opposite end of the leather piece. Fold the leather as much as possible to make it more pliable and easier to work with. Put a wooden dowel on the inside to measure how the dowel will fit.

DIY-Hanging-Leather-RackThis is where I learned an important lesson working with leather. Real leather is super hard and difficult to shape. I had originally made the hole about 1.5 inches from the bend and the rivets kept popping off from the strength of the leather. That’s why I suggest you allow for 2 inches of space to fit your dowel if it’s thick like mine. Add another rivet and hammer closed.

DIY-Hanging-Leather-RackWorking our way back up, measure about 9 inches from the rivet at the bottom of the rack. The picture only shows 2 inches of space for adding the next two rivets but I would bump it up to 2.5 inches at least to give the leather more room to accommodate the thick dowel. Add two more rivets.

DIY-Hanging-Leather-RackRepeat the process of leaving 9 inches of space between dowels and adding two more rivets. Insert your wooden dowels and hang your rack! And you’re done!

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April 28, 2017

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  • Natasha N

    Cute! I also really like those towels – they’re a fun change from the bright reds and blues I usually see with that type of towel!