How to Make a Leather Vase

Fresh flowers are an instant eye-catcher, but who says vases can't get in on the fun, too? These wow-worthy leather vases will spruce up any arrangement. Make one (or many!) with our free template and a few common crafts supplies.

Embellish glass vases or jars with these fun leather containers.

Give a potted plant an instant pick-me-up. These pretty leather vase holders are guaranteed to glam up any arrangement, plus they're super simple to make. 

All you need is our free vase template, some colorful sheets of leather, and a collection of rivets. Then just follow our five-step process to make a fun vase embellishment. Did we mention that these beauties are budget-friendly, too? A leather sheet will run you about $10 to $15, but the end result looks much more high-end. 

Leftover leather? Use the scraps to make this handsome leather key chain.

What You'll Need

  • Paper template
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Hole punch
  • Leather sheet
  • Pencil
  • Heavy-duty revolving hole punch
  • Rivets 

Step 1: Cut and Trace Template

Print and cut out two copies of the paper template. Tape together in the center to create a flower-like shape. This will make it easier when you transfer the pattern to the leather sheet. Cut along the template's dotted lines. Use a hole punch to cut out marked holes.

Step 2: Trace Shape onto Leather

Trace an outline of the template onto the leather sheet using a pencil. Fold back dotted sections, as needed, to trace dotted lines onto leather. Then use the tip of your pencil to mark the holes. Press firmly but gently until the pencil leaves an imprint at each hole spot. 

Step 3: Cut Out Leather

Once all the holes and lines have been traced, cut out the vase shape using scissors. Make sure to cut along the dotted line marks, too. Since leather is thicker than paper, make sure your scissors are up for the job. They should be sharp, sturdy, and easy to maneuver. 

Never lose your keys again with this DIY leather tassel key chain.

Step 4: Mark Holes

Use a heavy-duty revolving punch to cut through the leather at each hole mark. This step will require a little bit of muscle to ensure a clean hole, so be prepared to put in a touch of force when squeezing the punch. 

Step 5: Assemble Vase

To assemble the vase, bring a right punched side of one section over to the left punched hole of the adjacent section. Secure the overlap of holes with a rivet. Repeat until finished and the vase can stand on its own. Fill with a small container and add flowers, succulents, or other plants as desired. 

Related: Learn how to make a resist-printed vase.

2 Comments

  1. Love this project, but what size (mm) should I use for the leather and/or faux fabric and what size in inches to fit the pattern? Thank you,

  2. I would like to know where to find the leather that is shown in your April issue. I have searched for hours!

    1. You can find good quality leather from Tandy. Faux leather and cork fabric are also suitable for this crafty vase. I get mine from Sew Sweetness, (Google for the website) since Sara only sells high quality material.

    2. You can find good quality leather from Tandy. Faux leather and cork fabric are also suitable for this crafty vase. I get mine from Sew Sweetness, (Google for the website) since Sara only sells high quality material.

    3. Craft stores only carry 8.5 X 11, so go to a fabric store, say Joann's, and buy a 12" length of upholstery leather in a color you like. It will cost, if you use a coupon or get it on sale, around $8.00. If you get white leather, you can paint it with acrylic craft paint in any color you like.


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