How to Make DIY Leather-Wrapped Grill Utensils
Offer these as a set or individually to all the grill masters in your life and you'll get an automatic invite to the next BBQ.
If you’re on the hunt for a Father’s Day gift that’s equal parts personal and practical, look no further. Purchased grill utensils get a makeover with sleek leather-wrapped handles. These DIY gifts are easy to make and can be given for any holiday, but we think they make a sweet gift for dad’s special day. If you're struggling to find a Father's Day gift for the dad that has everything, you can update existing grilling utensils with new, personalized grips or replace an old set with new.
How to Make Leather-Wrapped Grill Utensils
What You'll Need
- 2 mm leather cord (6 yards per handle)
- Yardstick or ruler
- Masking tape
- Grill utensils (We bought a 4-piece set from Bed, Bath & Beyond.)
- Scrap cardboard
Working with leather is easy once you learn how. You should be able to complete the tool set in about an hour, and then they'll need to dry for an additional hour. Next, try making a handmade leather keychain!
Step 1: Prep the Tools
The first step to this project is deciding which tools to wrap. Look for tools that have straight wooden handles that will be easy to wrap with the leather. We recommend starting with a brand new set, like this 7-Piece Grill Set ($16, Target) or this 3-Piece Grilling Tool Set ($27, Wayfair).
Once you're ready to wrap the tools, cut two pieces of masking tape before you begin working with the leather. Then, measure 6 yards of leather cord; it comes in many colors, but we chose a traditional brown, like this Leather Lace Cord ($12, Michaels). Wrap the cord around the utensil handle and tape the short end of the leather to the cardboard. Pull the leather tight and tape the opposite side to the cardboard.
Step 2: Wrap Leather
Apply a small bead of Super Glue ($5, Target) to a gap you create between the wrapped leather, using a toothpick to smooth the glue. Push the leather back together and apply another small bead of glue and smooth with a clean toothpick. Allow to dry for 1 hour.
Step 3: Add Knots
Remove tape and cardboard. Begin the first knot by creating a loop with the cord, wrapping around the handle counterclockwise and bringing the tail over the loop. Gently pull the knot together. (Your knots will get tighter as you go.)
Step 4: Glue and Dry
Continue this process, knot after knot, until you've covered the desired amount of the handle. Your line of knots will naturally twist around the handle. Dab a bead of glue on the final knot and allow to dry for 1 hour. Clip the beginning and end of the leather so you have enough to wrap around the handle one time. Apply a bead of glue along the edge of the first and last rows and smooth with a toothpick.