Wednesday, February 25, 2015

DIY Leather Mason Jar Holder



One of my absolutely favorite people in this entire universe is getting married this summer.  I wasn't even thinking of what sort of gift to get or make for her until this last weekend when I was playing with my metal stamps and leather.  Then it hit me yesterday like a ninja kitty knocking you down when they get the kitty crazies in the house.  I digress.  A stamped leather mason jar mug holder was the most personalized wedding gift for the future bride and groom.
 

It kind of works out perfect because the bride taught herself how to can last fall when she moved to London but had to order jars because she couldn't find any locally.  The jars become part of the story of creating a home together.  


 I bought the leather from The Oregon Leather Company downtown Portland but you can find leather at your craft store or even repurpose an old leather purse or jacket.


From your leather cut a 3" wide strip by 12" for the body of the holder using the rotary blade, a pair of scissors or exacto knife.


For the handle cut a 1" wide by 4" long strip using the rotary blade.


If your sewing machine can handle softer leather feel free to run a decorative stitch along the top and bottom of main body of leather.


This is where the freedom of your creativity can run amok.  I started out by stamping both of their first names on the handles for their mug.  Then on the front of the main body of leather I measured out the center and stamped their married names for the future Mrs. Mullarkey and Mr. Mullarkey.


Once everything was stamped I punched out the holes for the rivets and pounded in the rivets.  Here are some extremely thorough resources for learning how to set the rapid ready rivets that I used.  If not using rapid rivets, you can easily search for a tutorial online based on the type of rivet you have.


Honestly, this is not an inexpensive gift to make unless you have everything you need.  The ability and willingness to make something by hand as an extension of heart and curiosity is huge.  I know they don't always turn out picture perfect but that is not the point.  Some of our most cherished items have been hand made and handed down because we recognize the value and beauty in imperfect gifts.    When someone else loves and cherishes these items we feel seen, accepted and love in those humble gifts.  It's that understanding which bonds this community who works with their hands.  Go on, create wonderful things in this world by just trying!

Love-Jessie


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