Give your workspace a professional look with this distinctive leather desk blotter.

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Read step by step instructions after the video.

Whether you create this DIY project for your dorm room, workplace, or home office, it's easy to make and looks great. Leave the leather plain for a modern, minimalist look, or stamp shapes and words to make it uniquely your own. This craft comes from Gillian Stevens of Dewdrop Designs.

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What you need

Materials
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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Cut 110-point chipboard 1/8 inch larger all around than the intended size of the blotter paper. Cut a piece of book cloth 3/4 inches larger all around than the chipboard.

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Step 2

Spread glue on one side of the chipboard and press it in place in the center of the wrong side of the book cloth. Then cut the corners from the book cloth, leaving about 3/16 of an inch of cloth at each corner.

Step 3

Place the board on a piece of kraft paper or newspaper, with the book cloth side down. Next, spread glue on the edges of the book cloth with a small paint roller. Fold the edges over the board and press it in place, smoothing out any air bubbles as you go. Then put the board on a flat surface under heavy weights for a few hours to prevent warping while it dries.

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Step 4

Cut two strips of chipboard for the side panels, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches wide and 1/4 inch shorter in length than the short sides of the blotter. Cut two leather strips, 1 inch wider all around than the chipboard strips.

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Step 5

Apply glue to a chipboard panel and lay it in the center of a leather strip, pressing to adhere. Apply glue to one long edge of the leather; fold over and press to adhere. Repeat for the other panel.

Step 6

Place a colored base sheet of blotter paper on top of a piece of plywood or board cut to the size of the paper. On each short edge, place the leather blotter panels chipboard-side up underneath the board. Wrap three sides of leather around the short edge of the board and base sheet. Use double-sided tape and glue to adhere the leather to the colored base sheet, creating pockets for paper to slip into. Place heavy objects over panels and let dry.

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Step 7

Spread glue on the back of the colored base sheet and raw leather edges of the panels, and place the wrong side of the book cloth-covered chipboard on top, pressing to adhere. Then turn it over, remove the placeholder board, and smooth the base paper to remove air bubbles. Place the paper stack inside of the blotter, and weigh it down with heavy books until dry.

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Step 8

Embellish the paper with stamps or silk-screening, if desired.

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