Upcycled Leather Boho Vase and Giant Paper Flowers

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30 Minutes
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A couple of months ago whilst walking the dog, I came across a rather beat up leather sofa waiting to be taken to the dump. (It was beyond repair). The poor dog had a shorter walk that day as I quickly hurried home to deposit him and to collect a Stanley (Xacto) knife. I managed to get back to the sofa in time and with the knife I removed the best bits of leather from the cushions. This rescued leather has been sitting in my craft room since, I do have plans for it. However, in the mean time I thought I'd start with a simple small project and make a Boho leather vase with some of the stash.

upcycled leather boho vase and giant paper flowers

As you can see there was no rescuing this sofa but the old leather had a nice patina.

upcycled leather boho vase and giant paper flowers

For this upcycle as well as piece of the rescued leather. I used some soft natural twine, an large empty soda bottle and a hole punch.

upcycled leather boho vase and giant paper flowers

First thing I did was cut the top off the soda bottle and then cut the leather. The leather was cut 4cm wider than the circumference of the bottle and a couple of cm taller.

upcycled leather boho vase and giant paper flowers

Next on both the outside edges of the leather I marked a spot every cm all the way to the top.

upcycled leather boho vase and giant paper flowers

Then using the hole puncher, I punched a hole for every marked spot.

upcycled leather boho vase and giant paper flowers

Using the twine I then stitched both ends of the leather together to form a tube.

upcycled leather boho vase and giant paper flowers

The plastic bottle then was placed in the leather tube.

upcycled leather boho vase and giant paper flowers

To give the leather vase more of a Boho look I made a tassel for it using twine, wooden beads and embroidery threads. Details of how to do this are on the blog link at the end.


Or if you would like to keep with the upcycled theme and make a fabulous tassel out of a scrap piece of denim I have a tutorial here.

upcycled leather boho vase and giant paper flowers

No vase is complete without flowers. As there is a plastic bottle inner to this vase its very easy to add real flowers in water. However, I wanted something more dramatic for my vase so I made some giant crepe paper flowers (free pattern on the blog post).

upcycled leather boho vase and giant paper flowers

I loved working with the leather it was so easy to craft with. Since making the vase I've also used the leather to make some wonderful hanging planters (no-sewing), which you can see here.


I've still got plently left, and I'm thinking about making a lampshade with it next.

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!

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2 questions
  • Liz
    on Jun 25, 2019

    Have you thought of making tote bags and purses? You can buy a leather sewing needle for your sewing machine. I've appliqued leather on denim totes. I know you love denim.

    • Claire at Pillarboxblue
      on Jun 25, 2019

      No I haven't but I might give them ago. I was thinking of combining denim and leather some how. Thank you.

  • Maggie
    on Jun 26, 2019

    I can't see the finished product

    • Carlos
      on Jul 1, 2019

      Looks like that vase all there is. Much more can be done with that great leather.

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