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Personalized Pink Leather Valet Tray

It's no secret that Mom loves a handmade gift. So spell it out for her — literally — with this stamped valet tray in a petal-pink hue. You can personalize it with a monogram or a sweet message for the woman who raised you.

Photography: Anusha Rajeswaran

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

This idea comes from our friend Anusha Rajeswaran of Fish & Bull. If this is your first leather project, get our handy tips on working with leather.

 

If you're looking for more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of DIY Mother's Day Gifts.

materials

  • Leather

  • White marker

  • Ruler

  • Leather punch

  • Leather letter stamp set

  • Hammer or mallet

  • Double-cap rivets

  • Rivet setter
  • Rotary cutter
  • Sponge
  • Water

steps

  1. Measure the leather to your desired size, adding 1-inch allowance to each side. (Tip: I measured mine at 6 inches x 6 inches.)
  2. Using a rotary cutter, cut the leather. (Tip: Use the straight edge of a ruler as your guide.)
  3. Prep the leather for stamping with a damp sponge and use your ruler as a guide to center your letters. Stamp the leather with your desired message or monogram; let dry completely.
  4. Fold the leather in half like a triangle, with the soft side on the outside. Measure and mark 1/2 inch down the from the corner of the fold; repeat this for the other two corners.
  5. Use a leather punch to punch a hole through the folded leather.
  6. Insert one side of the rivet through the folded leather, flip and attach the rivet cap. Using a rivet setter and hammer, give it a couple of taps to secure it in place. Repeat this step for the remaining three corners.

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