DIY Upcycled Rainbow Leather Pen Pot
There is something about tin cans, I can’t help trying to find new ways to upcycle and reuse them. This leather pen pot has to be one of my classiest tin can upcycles.
In the past, I’ve made gold crushed can DIY planters, a recycled jeans planter , Marimekko decorative tin can planters and have even upcycled tins with a faux marble effect. You can see many more of my upcycled tin cans here.
I was about to throw out a rather outdated white leather handbag when I got the idea of using it for my latest tin can upcycle. Having painted leather before for I thought it would be fun to add a rainbow of colour to the white leather and use this to make a fun leather pen pot.
I say leather but the handbag actually turned out to be faux leather (so vegan-friendly!). Don’t worry if you don’t have an old handbag to hand you can easily pick a faux leather one up really cheaply at a thrift/charity store. Or even buy faux leather online.
Also, I say leather pen pots, but they can just as easily be used as plant holders. I think though because the leather pen pot is so colourful it looks great with all my colour pens in it.
This is a really simple affordable craft that uses mainly upcycled materials and took about 30 minutes to complete.
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What you need to make an Upcycled leather pen pot
- Tin cans – I used tin cans in a variety of sizes.
- White faux leather – from an old handbag or bought on line. I think the pots look better if you can get faux leather that has a bevelled texture.
- Watercolour paints – the paint in the tubes works best.
- Paint bursh
- Brightly coloured embroidery thread and needle.
How to make a colourful Upcycled leather pen pot
- The first thing to do is to cut the faux leather to size. As I was using an old handbag, this involved cutting it open with a pair of scissors first and removing all the lining.
The piece of leather to go around the pot needs to be the same height as the tin can and about 2cm longer than the diameter of the tin can you are going to cover.
- Next paint the cut piece of leather with watercolour paints. As you first brush the watercolour paint on the leather you will notice that the faux leather appears to repel the paint at first but if you leave it a few seconds the paint will stick to the leather.
It is hard to paint detail with watercolour paint but I liked the washed out effect it gives on the leather. I just used lots of bright colours from my paint pallet to create a random rainbow pattern on the leather.
If you have never painted with watercolours there are lots of fabulous tutorials available. You may also want to practice on paper first before painting the faux leather.
- It shouldn’t take long for the paint to dry. I left my paint as it was, but if you want you can seal it with an acrylic spray sealer. This will probably give the leather pen pot a shinier finish. Once dry the sleeve is ready to sew. Stitch the two ends together with a brightly coloured embroidery thread using a blanket stitch.
- Finally, slip the leather cover over the tin can to create your lovely leather pen pot.
Or if you prefer you can use your upcycled leather pot as a unique plant pot for some succulents. Either
Either way leather desk tidy or trendy planter I know they will both look great on my desk!
If you are looking for more tin cans upcycle ideas you can check them out here.
This isn’t the first time I’ve painted leather in the past I have made an upcycled leather bag with paint and iron on transfers.
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