This vase was an idea I’ve been playing around with for quite a while but never quite new how to execute it. I’ve seen laser cut leather bags and bracelets like the one below which had a geometric finish to them and really loved the way they moved and showed different texture and shadows from every direction – kind of mesmerizing!
I’m loving how affordable and gorgeous faux leather can be too – no need to fork out for expensive materials, especially for homewares. I really love how it turned out! You know you’re onto a winner when your boyfriend comes home and (genuinely) says he really loves it too. (Hah.. ohh the life of a craft bloggers’ boyfriend, he should start his own blog diary to share the things he normally has to put up with!)
I used my Brother ScanNCut machine to cut out these triangles nice and perfectly, but you could just as easily do this by hand too if you’re more patient than me!
- 1 square metre of faux leather / vinyl fabric
- Hot glue gun or e6000 glue
- Double sided tape
- ScanNCut machine or scissors & pencil
- Tall vase or container to fit inside
Cut your vinyl backing to size
I picked up this cream vinyl from the Remnant Warehouse in Sydney, but have seen plenty in Spotlight and Lincraft too. Wrap it around your vase loosely so you can see what width you’ll need. Give yourself an extra inch for adhering together.
Measure the height of the vase too and give yourself at least 10cm at the bottom and top for making the base and folding down the top.
Cut your triangles
I used my ScanNCut machine to cut all these triangles super quickly (if you’re an avid paper crafter you should check out this machine! A bit of an investment at around $600-700 but so incredibly worth it) but you could definitely get this job done with just scissors too. Trace a bunch of triangles onto the back of your vinyl and cut them out with sharp embroidery scissors.
Use the ScanNCut online canvas program to create a new design and just select a triangle from their basic shapes. Make it 5.5cm in size and duplicate it so you have 32 on a page. Then save the file to a USB and pop into your machine.
Go to Pattern – Saved From File – the USB icon – then select your design.
I used a high tac fabric mat designed for sticking down fabric, which came with my machine, and it worked a charm. You place the mat glossy side down onto the standard mat, and then peel off the sticky layer. Place your vinyl down (leather look side up) and smooth out any wrinkles. It’s pretty damn satisfying how well it sticks down perfectly!
I used the standard blade set to 11. I recommend doing a test run on a scrap piece of vinyl first so you can check it cuts through ok (and not too deeply either!)
Then start the cut. I cut three batches of 32 triangles to have enough for my vase.
Glue your triangles down
Start sticking down your triangles with your hot glue gun or e60o0 glue. Apply glue right to the edge of each corner so it sticks down nicely, then push down onto your backing piece firmly. You want the long edges to form a square like this with about 2mm gap per piece…
For your 2nd square, start by aligning a long edge against one side of your previous square, then it should continue to be nice and straight. Then just continue this process until you have 3 rows of squares – enough to cover your vase.
Glue the sides of your vase
You want to form a tube, the right width for your vase, but giving the vase a good few cm room around it so it has a cool slouchy look when finished. I fastened mine together with double sided tape then secured with some glue too. If you want to take it up a notch, I would sew these two edges together.
Fold your base
For the bottom, I used the same technique that I did for my basket tutorial here.
Sit your fabric flat, and so that your new seam down the middle is in the centre facing up you. Push in your two sides to form a diamond shape, then grab each point and bring it down to meet in the centre.
I fastened with double sided tape and glue. But again, if you want it extra secure and profesh, pop a few hand stitches in here.
Pop your vase in
Roll down the top
Now just roll down your top piece gently. When you’re doing it, keep one hand over your seam to keep it secure. I rolled mine down just twice. I think it looks nice if the top just touches your first tow of triangles too to give the illusion it carries on.
and you’re done! Fill with some water and pretty blooms and your leather vase is ready to be shown off.
These triangles would also look great on a flat piece of clashing colour vinyl and framed as wall art don’t you think?? Feeling inspired for a dozen more faux leather projects now.