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4 DIY Leather Projects That'll Soften Up Your Wedding

From cute coaster favors to luxe centerpieces, you can craft these chic beauties yourself.

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Calligraphed Napkin
Photography by: Johnny Fogg

If you're looking to add something you've made yourself to your wedding day—but don't want anything that screams DIY—let us introduce you to soft, buttery leather. It's the perfect medium for wedding crafts. The reason? Leather looks (and usually is!) expensive. The following projects, however, won't break the bank, but each is sure to add a touch of refined personalization to your wedding day.

 

From a soft favor project that'll please everyone in your wedding party to a centerpiece craft that'll light up your reception tables, these leather-centric DIYs are as luxe as they come. It gets better. Adorned with loopy calligraphy, trendy-hued paint, mod studs, and leather braiding, these artsy items are things you'll turn to again and again, long after the big day is over.

 

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Calligraphed Leather Escort Cards

For these escort-card alternatives, seen above, ask a calligrapher to inscribe guests' names on strips of leather ribbon, then wrap each around a napkin.

 

CB2 "Allegra" Soft-Copper Flatware Set, $129 for a 20-piece set, cb2.com. Leather Ribbon, 11⁄4", $20 per yd., mjtrim.com. CB2 Poplin Napkin, 20", in Copper, $4, cb2.com. Curlicue Designs Calligraphy, curlicuedesigns.com.

DIY Leather Geometric Coasters
Photography by: Johnny Fogg

Geometric Coasters

Paint geometric shapes on leather rounds to create giftable coasters for the wedding party (for crisp edges, tape off the areas you don't want to paint). Moisture marks give them a vintage look with time. 

 

Leather Blank Rounder, $1.50, dharmatrading.com. Martha Stewart Crafts Multisurface Acrylic Craft Paint, $2.50 for 2 oz., michaels.com.

DIY Leather Ring Pouch
Photography by: Johnny Fogg

Leather Ring Pouch

Make a timeless ring pouch that will sit pretty on your dresser. Using a circle cutter, cut out a four-inch round piece of leather or Ultrasuede, then add holes an inch apart around the edge with a screw punch. Thread cord through the holes, then feed the ends through one more hole each to create the loose tie that will cinch the pouch closed.

 

Lamb-Hide Leather, price varies, leatherimpact.com. Leather Flat Braid, 3-ply, $3 per yd., mjtrim.com. Leather Round Cord, 2mm, $2 per yd., mjtrim.com.

DIY Leather Candle Wraps
Photography by: Johnny Fogg

Centerpiece Wraps

For a chic centerpiece, wrap vases and candles in Ultrasuede, punch a hole on each end of a leather strip, and then secure the strip around the vessel using stud bag feet. 

 

Eastland Glass Cylinder Vases, $15 for 3, amazon.com. Ultrasuede, in Soft Topiary, $60 per yd.; Soft Montauk, $60 per yd.; and Ambiance Leaf, $125 per yd., bandjfabrics.com. Tandy Leather Natural-Cowhide Leather Strip, $17 for 50", amazon.com. Stud Bag Feet, $4 for 4, pacifictrimming.com.

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