In a couple weeks, we’ll be starting a new year. In my house, that means a renewed motivation to get organized. As the kids get older, it becomes such a chore keeping not just my mail and whatnots together but keeping theirs in line too.
Using Walnut Hollow Basswood Rectangular Plaques and a couple larger pieces of leather, we made two new organizers for my oldest son’s room. The leather pockets are more his style, and I love that they stretch out just enough to hold a month’s worth of magazines and mail.
Here’s how we made these modern Leather Pocket Wall Organizers.
- Basswood Rectangular Plaques 6″x10″ and 11″x14″
- Decorative Upholstery Nails
- Stain and Sealant
- Brush and Rag
- Sheet of Paper
Before you begin, you’ll want to decide which side of the plaque you want to use. The front has a ledge cut into it while the back is flat, for these organizers I used the back.
The first step in this project is prepping the plaques with a coat of your choice of stain and sealant.
From there you’ll need to measure and cut your leather. Lay it, right side down, either straight or at an angle across the plaque. With the help of a ruler mark where you’ll be cutting.
Make sure to leave a portion of the top of the plaque showing, so it is easy to get materials in and out of the organizer.
The type of leather you use will determine what tools you need to cut it. I thought I was going to need the rotary cutter, but my scissors were able to handle it.
Next, begin hammering the nails around the edge of the leather.
Using a sheet of paper as a guide helped me to leave enough room for most magazines and materials I’ll be storing in the organizer.
The last step, drill a hole, halfway through the back of the plaque for easy hanging that’ll keep the plaque flush to the wall.
Here’s a short video that will walk you through each step! Happy crafting!
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Erin is a writer, crafter, and homeschooling mother of four based in rural Missouri. On her blog, My Very Educated Mother, she shares projects, crafts, recipes, family activities, and household tips, aimed at encouraging readers to foster creativity in their lives and homes.