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Woven Leather Art

We want to welcome guest poster, Corinna, from For My Love Of! Corinna has some of the most amazing DIY projects and has been our bloggy friend for quite some time. Her blend of Bohemian and Mid Century style makes her home uniquely stylish and we can’t wait to share her fun Woven Leather Art with you. Be sure to visit her website and say hi!

Hello!

My name is Corinna, blogger behind For My Love Of, and I’m happy to share an easy, inexpensive, and interesting DIY wall art piece with you today! Sometimes adding texture to a room can be a little tough, but it’s generally always a good idea to include texture in home decorating. If you’re like me, getting art up on the walls can also be a little tough. This Woven Leather Art aims to make both of those easy to achieve!

braided leather accent wall art

What You’ll Need

Remnant Leather-like fabric, 11×14 picture frame, scissors, marker/pencil, hot glue and gun, craft knife

How Long It Takes

45 minutes-ish

The Process

Of course, you’ll want to start by collecting the supplies. I’ve had a large bundle of a faux leather fabric taking up quite a bit of space in my “use ASAP” pile of crafting supplies. I bought 3 yards more than 6 months ago and have made it my personal mission to use every bit of it. This project would work really well with any thick/shape-holding fabrics. Mix up the colors or keep it subtle with just one, the choice is the makers!

scrap piece of leather

Mark in 1 inch increments along the edge of the fabric on the shortest side. Using the stitching on the back side (if your fabric has it) as a guide, to cut long lengths at these 1 inch marks. Cut those long pieces down in length to fit the backing of the frame. Lay all the longer pieces side by side onto the backing (normally just a piece of cardboard). With one of the shorter pieces, weave it over and under through the center. Weave the next piece over and under the opposite pieces. Repeat and repeat until the whole face of the frame’s backing is covered.

start braiding from the center

The strips of fabric won’t want to stay tight. Get them as tight as possible and hot glue one side down. Re-tighten everything and glue a second side down. Keep scrunching and tightening, then gluing, until everything is forced into place.

hot glue edges in place

Flip the backing over and use a craft knife to cut off any pieces that are hanging over the edge.

cut excess leather with craft knife

Now you can place the backing back into it’s frame. I picked up this 11×14 frame for SO cheap! This frame is from the Dollar Store! It was originally black, but I spray painted all of my frames white recently because I thought it would look pretty against our teal walls.

braided strips of leather accent art

Very pretty, right?!

black and white and sepia family portraits in white frames

I’m working on printing out family pictures in black and white and sepia to put into white frames. I feel like it provides great balance against the blue walls.

the start of a white frame blue wall hallway gallery wall

Check out all that fabulous texture…

texture of braided leather

And a peek from around my painted hexagon accent wall in the living room…

Rounding the corner

And one last angle for good measure ;)

sepia portraits balanced with braided leather accent art

I’ve really enjoyed popping over today to share this DIY with you. Stop by my blog (For My Love Of) any time to read about my first hand experiences with home buying, home decorating, and home improving. I’m always learning and sharing a new craft, fabulous vintage furniture I’ve scored, and the process of blending my inner hippie/bohemian style with the Mid Century soul of our home. If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy these other projects of mine: Leather Pendant Light, Leather Pocket Hanging Organizer, Hand Embroidered Leather Pillows, and Braided Leather Hanging Tutorial.

Thanks so much, Corinna, for sharing your inspirational ideas with us!

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