For this post, you get three crafts in one. Firstly, there is the upcycled leather Boho DIY vase. Secondly, I made a Boho tassel to decorate the vase with. Thirdly, the vase is filled with lovely handmade giant crepe paper flowers.
A few months ago, I came across a beat-up leather sofa waiting to be dumped (it was beyond repair). I took the opportunity to salvage as much of the leather as I could for my upcycling stash. Some of the leather was used to make recycled hanging planters. And again with this craft. There is still plenty more leather left and many more leather craft ideas.
Boho Giant Paper Flowers And An Upcycled Leather Vase
Making crepe paper flowers is one of my favourite crafts. Last year I made a giant paper flower wall decoration in the shape of a pineapple for my dining room.
With these giant paper flowers, I made, I wanted to display them in a vase. These flowers weren’t based on one particular type of flower. I went a bit freestyle and made my own up.
However, please let me know if you think they look like a particular flower already exists.
I think my made-up giant paper flowers do have a tropical Boho look. So I needed to make a Boho-style DIY vase to display them.
The leather DIY vase and the Boho tassel were quick to make. The crepe paper flowers took a bit of time but were very relaxing. This DIY vase suits real flowers if you aren’t into making your own.
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The Giant Paper Flowers
What You Need To Make Boho Giant Paper Flowers
- Italian crepe paper 180g in cream and purple
- Short, thin floral wire stems 26 gauge (about 10 per flower)
- Long thick floral stem wire approx 16 gauge or thicker (1 or 2 for each flower)
- Green floristry tape
- Purple drawing ink and brush
- Scissors and a hot glue gun
How To Make The Boho Giant Paper Flowers
Each of these giant paper flowers comprises approximately 10-12 smaller flowers.
Step 1: Download and print out the petal template (click here), or draw your petals. Cut out of the cream crepe paper at least 30 petals using the templates. You will need approximately 12 small, 12 medium and 12 large petals.
Make sure that when you cut the crepe paper, the stretch runs the length of the petal. This will enable you to curl and twist each petal.
Step 2: Use inks to colour each petal to get a variegated look. Then leave them on one side to dry.
Step 3: For each component flower that makes up the giant paper flower in the Boho vase, you will need three petals the same size, a thin wire stem, and a purple crepe paper stamen.
Step 4: Cover one of the small floral wire stems with floral tape to make the stamen. Then cut a piece of purple crepe paper approximately 7 cm by 5cm.
Fold the purple crepe paper in half. Make sure the stretch in the paper goes across the length. Then, cut a fringe across the folded edge. Wrap this purple fringe around the small stem and stick it in place using a hot glue gun.
Step 5: Take one of the petals, stretch and shape it into a slight curl and then glue it to the base of the stamen. Then, repeat with the other two petals.
Step 6: Finish off this small flower by wrapping floral tape around the base of the petals where they join the stem. Repeat the process until you have at least 10 small flowers.
Step 7: Finally, all left to do is collect these ten small flowers together and twist the stems around the large floral stem. Then wrap the base of the flowers and the stem with more floral tape. Now all that is left is to make the leather Boho DIY vase.
Here you’ll find more home decor paper crafts.
The Leather Boho DIY Vase
What you need for the leather vase
- An old piece of leather or faux leather from a sofa, bag or jacket.
- Empty 2-litre soda bottle
- Leather hole puncher or Crop-A-Dile
- Ruler and pen
- Scissors or x-acto (Stanley) knife
How To Make A Boho DIY Vase
Step 1: Cut the top off the soda bottle. Then measure the height and circumference of the bottle. Add 1 cm to the height measurement and 2 cm to the circumference. Use these measurements as a guide to cutting the piece of leather. The leather I used was easy to cut with scissors, but you may want to use a knife.
Step 2: Next, on the wrong side of the leather with a pen, mark points 1 cm apart. Down each side—from top to bottom.
Step 3: Punch holes down each side of the leather using these marks as a guide.
Step 4: Sew the leather vase together. Do this by folding the leather in half to meet the two lines of punched holes. Then use the twine to stitch them together. Finish off by placing the cut soda bottle into the leather vase sleeve you have just stitched.
How To Make The Boho Tassel For The DIY Vase
All you need to make this tassel is a cotton string and coloured embroidery thread.
Step 1: Cut four equal lengths of string. They should be about 35 cm in length. Then bound the string in the centre with different coloured threads. This should be about 5 cm in total.
Step 2: Fold the string in half, creating a loop in the middle where the coloured thread is. Secure this loop with more coloured thread.
Step 3: Finish off the Boho tassel by unravelling the unbound string ends.
To attach the tassel to the leather vase, I used more string. I also threaded some wooden beads to add to that whole Boho vibe.
Finally, insert flowers!
For more Boho upcycles, check out the unique wood ornaments I made from curtain fixings. And this upcycled Kaffe Fassett Vase.
If you liked this post, you should check out some of my other floral and DIY vase crafts, such as my beautiful upcycled wallpaper vase sleeves and upcycled mini bud vases.
- DIY tropical leaf plant
- Fun Oriental Vase DIY Flower Pots
- Denim Hanging Mason Jar Vase
- How To Make Fabric flowers
- Repurposed Felt Succulent Garden
- How To Make Tassels From Repurposed Denim
This leather upcycle is featured in the A to Z of clever upcycling ideas.
For more paper flower ideas, visit allfreepapercrafts.com
Kristi @ Chatfield Court
Tuesday 11th of June 2019
Love this, Claire! From the flowers to the vase and tassle, Love it all! Such a clever way to repurpose old leather.
Tuesday 11th of June 2019
Thank you, so much. The flowers do brighten up my room.
Sunday 26th of May 2019
I love this combination, Claire. The flowers are fabulous! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!
Sunday 26th of May 2019
Thank you so much. I do like my handmade flowers.
Thursday 23rd of May 2019
3 crafts in one, Claire, you are really spoiling us! I love that you used a pop bottle inside the vase, very clever. I guess you could cover any receptacle to make vases of all shapes and sizes. I rescued some bits of out old leather sofa a few years back and my family thought I was nuts. So far I've made coaster and I also use the scraps in my card making. Maybe I'll surprise them with a lovely leather vase too!
Thursday 23rd of May 2019
Thank you, Julie. It's great fun thinking of things I can make with the leather.
Tuesday 21st of May 2019
Great upcycle, Claire! Blessed to have you at Homestyle Gathering! Hope to see you at Tuesday Turn About at 5pm CST! (What time is that for you?)
Wednesday 22nd of May 2019
Thank you, Julie. I think that’s about 1am Wednesday for me.
Linda at Mixed Kreations
Sunday 19th of May 2019
Wow this is sooo pretty! Love the vase and the beautiful flowers! They look real! I'm going to have to give these a try, flowers are so expensive. Pinning!
Monday 20th of May 2019
Thank you, I do like making crepe paper flowers and they last forever.