Show Mom Some Love with a Stylish Plant Hanger Using Cricut Leather
I love how this simple plant hanger turned out for Mother's Day. It only requires one sheet of Cricut leather and few other supplies.
12x12 inch Cricut leather sheet
8 flat washers, .75 inch diameter
2-3 inch ring
Contact cement (like E6000)
Add 2 ovals to the canvas. Set the width of each oval about equal to the bottom diameter of your pot. Set the length of the oval equal to the bottom diameter of the pot plus at least twice the distance you’d like the sides of the hanger to come up on the pot. In addition to personal preference, that distance might depend on the thickness of your leather as well as the size and weight of your pot.
For example, my pot is about 3.5 inches across the bottom. I’m using Cricut’s genuine camel leather, which is a softer and more conforming leather than the Cricut metallic leather sheets. As a result, and because my pot is ceramic, I opted to bring the sides of my hanger about 4 inches up the side of the pot. That made the width of my oval about 3.5 inches and set the length of my oval at 4+4+3.5 or 11.5 inches.
Orient the ovals at right angles and center the ovals. Weld the shapes.
Make the project. Be sure to move the star wheels as prompted by the software and cut using the deep point blade.
I like to place the leather smooth-side-down on the cutting mat. The leather sheet sticks better to the mat that way and it keeps my mat cleaner. Plus, if you are using the entire sheet of leather the way I am, you’re going to end up with some star wheel marks at the ends and this way the marks are on the wrong side of the leather.
The rest of the project is super simple. Of course, you always have the option to fancy things up a bit by adding beads, charms or other design elements. But I kept my hanger clean and simple. Using a regular paper hole punch, punch a hole about .5 inch from the edge at the end of each flap.
Glue a washer around each hole on both sides of the leather. Allow to dry
Cut 2 lengths of cord about 4’ long. This will make a hanger with a total length of about 24 inches. Adjust the length of your cords to make a longer or shorter hanger.
Fold the cords in half and put the folded end through the ring.
Pull all four ends over the ring and through the loop, creating a lark’s head knot on the ring.
Insert a one cord through the hole in each of the 4 flaps. You can put a little bit of tape on the end of each cord to help you thread the it through the hole.
Tie an overhand knot at the end of each cord. The knot should fall on the outside of the hanger.
Place your pot in the hanger and check its balance. Reposition and retie the overhand knots as needed to balance the pot in the hanger. When you are satisfied the pot hangs well in the hanger, pull the knots as tight as you can.
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