DIY Leather-wrapped Vases and Votive Holders

Hello lovelies! Today I’m back for another fun DIY that I created in partnership with my friends at Waverly. This time I thought it would be nice to create some table decor that will look just as lovely at a festive party this season, as it will in-use all year ’round.

Let’s make some easy DIY leather-wrapped vases and votive holders!

DIY Leather-Wrapped Votive Holders

Gather your supplies. You will need:

  • Small glass votive holder(s) | The variety used here were purchased at Michael’s
  • Sharp craft scissors
  • Realeather Craft Lace in Metallic Gold and / or Silver | Available at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby (find additional suppliers here). Be sure that your leather cord has two flat sides (like a fettuccini noodle…not round like a spaghetti noodle).
  • Hot glue gun (low heat) and glue stick(s)
  • Battery-operated candles
DIY leather-wrapped vases

Plug in your glue gun and allow it to get hot. Begin by squeezing a small line of glue somewhere within the top 1/3 of your votive holder. Immediately place one end of your leather down into the glue and press to adhere. If the glue dries too quickly, you can easily peel it off the glass and try again.

Once the end is glued in place, wrap your leather cord around the top of your votive holder until it meets back at the starting point.

DIY leather-wrapped vases

Squeeze a drop of glue on top of the end of your cord (where you first started) and lay the loose end of your cord through it. Be sure that you have pulled the cord taught so that it is not drooping. Once this dot of glue has hardened (it should take just a few seconds) continue wrapping your cord around your votive holder.

You can keep your lines parallel or overlap them like I did here. If you want to create the overlapped look, just be sure to add a dab of glue under the cord anytime you will have two pieces laying on top of one another. Keep your cord nice and tight while you work.

DIY leather-wrapped vases

When you get to a good stopping point, add a dot of glue on top of a portion of leather that is already wrapped around the votive holder, and lay the end of your cord through it to adhere. Use a pair of scissors to trim off any excess cord. If there are any bits of dried glue on your votive holder, you can use your fingernail or the tip of your scissors to carefully peel it off. Place a battery-operated candle in your new holder, and you’re done!

Now on to creating a pretty DIY Leather-Wrapped Vases!

Gather your supplies. You will need:

  • Tin can(s), emptied, cleaned, and dried | Make sure to use the variety with the pull-off top so that you are not left with any sharp edges. You can also use a glass cup in place of the can if you prefer.
  • Sharp craft scissors
  • Realeather Craft Lace in Metallic Gold and / or Silver | Available at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby (find additional suppliers here). Be sure that your leather cord has two flat sides (like a fettuccini noodle…not round like a spaghetti noodle).
  • Hot glue gun (low heat) and glue stick(s)
  • Fresh flowers (and water)
DIY leather-wrapped vases

Plug in your glue gun and allow it to get hot. Begin by squeezing a small line of glue beneath the top lip of your can. Immediately place one loose end of your leather cord into the glue and press down to adhere. If the glue dries to quickly you can easily peel it off and try again.

DIY leather-wrapped vases

Now apply another short line of glue just slightly below the top lip of your can, and directly following the portion of cord that is already attached. Don’t place the glue too close to the edge or you will have a messy vase top. Place your leather cord into the hot glue, making sure to pull your cord tight as you are working so that there is no slack in the cord. Continue to work in small sections, adding glue, and placing leather cord, until you have made your way back to your starting point.

Now add a small dot of glue on top of the cord end (where you started) and overlap the loose end of your leather cord over it, angling it down slightly (as seen in the photo).

DIY leather-wrapped vases

Continue to wrap your leather cord around your can, keeping the cord taught as you work, and the top edge of your cord snug against the bottom line of the cord above it. You will not need to glue the cord down along every row. If you’d like to apply a small dab of glue every few rows to make it extra secure, you can. The very top row is the only one that need to be glued down completely.

Continue wrapping cord around your can until it is completely covered. Glue the loose end atop the last wrapped row and snip off excess cord. You’ll see that the leather on the back of the can angles down just a bit (nobody will notice when there are flowers inside it)…

DIY leather-wrapped vases

…but the front is nice and straight.

Use your fingernail or the tip of your scissors to carefully remove any excess glue along the edges. Fill with water (carefully so it doesn’t leak on the leather) and a bouquet of beautiful blooms!

Doesn’t it look lovely?!

And here it is in gold!

Bonus…these vases can also double as snazzy pencil holders! I have the gold one on my desk right now!

And one last gratuitous rose photo…because I just can’t help myself. xo Ez

Prop sources: Pencils – Target | Journals - Delphine Press (from a trade show), Sparrow & Co. | Silver Dictionary – received as a gift | Japanese Masking Tape - etsy | Metallic Flowers – vintage Christmas decor |

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