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DIY Gift For Him: Man Cave Leather Catchall Tray

All you need for this inexpensive DIY gift for him is a thrifted leather wallet and a wood tray. This leather catchall tray makes a perfect DIY Father's Day gift idea, a quick Christmas craft for the man in your life or a third anniversary leather gift. | MakeAndDoCrew.com

Whether you’re celebrating Father’s Day, Christmas or even your third anniversary, this masculine leather catchall tray makes a perfect DIY gift for him.

All you need for this inexpensive DIY gift for him is a thrifted leather wallet and a wood tray. This leather catchall tray makes a perfect DIY Father's Day gift idea, a quick Christmas craft for the man in your life or a third anniversary leather gift. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
It’s not always easy to incorporate your man’s personal style into your home decor. One of the most heated, legendary “negotiations” of our relationship took place in the aisles of Home Depot (so cliche, I know) over how we would store Mike’s clothes in our tiny San Francisco studio apartment. He wanted to throw up some plastic garage shelves in the corner. My vote was for a dresser.

All you need for this inexpensive DIY gift for him is a thrifted leather wallet and a wood tray. This leather catchall tray makes a perfect DIY Father's Day gift idea, a quick Christmas craft for the man in your life or a third anniversary leather gift. | MakeAndDoCrew.com Spoiler alert: We didn’t buy the plastic shelves. We didn’t buy a dresser either. We moved. 🙂 And although I’m not super into the garage-inside-your-bedroom-inside-your-living-room look, I do try to find ways to incorporate masculine accents into our home decor. For me, that takes the form of a lot of weathered wood, leather and non-frilly wall art.

All you need for this inexpensive DIY gift for him is a thrifted leather wallet and a wood tray. This leather catchall tray makes a perfect DIY Father's Day gift idea, a quick Christmas craft for the man in your life or a third anniversary leather gift. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
So a few years ago, I was excited to learn that the material traditionally associated with three years of marriage is leather.  I was trying to come up with a DIY third anniversary gift idea when I came across a leather wallet with a beautiful, worn-in patina at a thrift store for $1.50. And right there, the idea for creating a sophisticated place for Mike to empty his pockets was born.

All you need for this inexpensive DIY gift for him is a thrifted leather wallet and a wood tray. This leather catchall tray makes a perfect DIY Father's Day gift idea, a quick Christmas craft for the man in your life or a third anniversary leather gift. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
DIY GIFT FOR HIM: Leather Catchall Tray SUPPLIES

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• scraps of leather from an old purse or wallet
• tacky glue
• a wooden tray (I used a lid to a box I found in Mike’s grandfather’s garage. Consumer Crafts has some options that could work too.)
rotary cutter, cutting ruler and mat (or just use scissors)

1. Cut your wallet or purse apart, leaving the biggest sections of leather possible.

All you need for this inexpensive DIY gift for him is a thrifted leather wallet and a wood tray. This leather catchall tray makes a perfect DIY Father's Day gift idea, a quick Christmas craft for the man in your life or a third anniversary leather gift. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
2. Measure the width of your wood tray and cut your leather scraps to exactly that width. I included the wallet’s brass snaps in my finished tray to keep some of the original charm.

All you need for this inexpensive DIY gift for him is a thrifted leather wallet and a wood tray. This leather catchall tray makes a perfect DIY Father's Day gift idea, a quick Christmas craft for the man in your life or a third anniversary leather gift. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
3. Lay your leather pieces in the tray until you find an arrangement that will suit your gentleman.

4. Glue the bottommost piece of leather down first. Glue additional pieces on top.

All you need for this inexpensive DIY gift for him is a thrifted leather wallet and a wood tray. This leather catchall tray makes a perfect DIY Father's Day gift idea, a quick Christmas craft for the man in your life or a third anniversary leather gift. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
5. Place a heavy object or book on top of the leather while the glue dries to make sure it bonds well with the leather.

All you need for this inexpensive DIY gift for him is a thrifted leather wallet and a wood tray. This leather catchall tray makes a perfect DIY Father's Day gift idea, a quick Christmas craft for the man in your life or a third anniversary leather gift. | MakeAndDoCrew.com
That’s it! In my experience, DIY gifts for him are the hardest to come up with. Those darn boyfriends, fathers and husbands are just tricky. This desk tray a pretty simple third anniversary gift and it would make also make a fantastic DIY Christmas gift for the men in your life.

In fact, I’m not sure what holiday wouldn’t be bettered by a snazzy leather tray. Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Columbus Day? Yes, yes, and obviously.

All you need for this inexpensive DIY gift for him is a thrifted leather wallet and a wood tray. This leather catchall tray makes a perfect DIY Father's Day gift idea, a quick Christmas craft for the man in your life or a third anniversary leather gift. | MakeAndDoCrew.com I hope you enjoy making a  little DIY project for the sophisticated man in your life and most of all, that he enjoys arranging all of his extremely fancy belongings on it.

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18 Comments

  • Melissa
    November 20, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Hey! I love this craft! I love leather and just made myself some crafts of my own out of it. Question: Do you have any tips on photographing your crafts and DIY’s? Mine always turn out rather amateur looking, while yours are so so beautiful. Any help would be appreciated!

    Reply
    • Make and Do Girl
      November 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Hey Mel,

      What kind of amazing German craft did you make out of leather? Please tell me you went for the chaps.

      That’s a great question about photography. I might ask my friend McCall to write a post about it. My biggest tips are to make sure you have lots of natural light and turn off your flash. The flash tends to be a bit of a wrecking ball when it comes to DIY photography. Secondly, I think simply putting your project on a cool background makes a ton of difference in how “styled” it looks. Find a cool tabletop (something matte works best), funky wall or simply some nice brick to shoot your craft against.

      Hope that helps! Thanks for reading.

      j

      Reply
  • Paul
    November 26, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Lovely crafts,I like wooden gifts that’s make me loving .Great collection you have!!! Thanks.

    Reply
  • shelly
    November 5, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    perfect size! my favorite part is the button detail!!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 8, 2015 at 6:31 am

      Thanks Shelly! I like that too 🙂 And I’m taking note of your Disney toddler tips. I’m going to try to put that trip off until my daughters are high schoolers. Ha.

      Reply
  • Diana Siuta
    November 11, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Wow this looks really amazing! My husband loved this when I showed it to him. I absolutely bookmarked this so I can try to make this for Christmas!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 12, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      Hey Diana, Hope you enjoy making it! It’s pretty straightforward to make for how snazzy the finished product is. I’d love to see a pic once you make it.
      j

      Reply
  • Kati
    December 8, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Thanks for this brilliant idea! I am going to be making one for my husband for Christmas, maybe it will help keep all his little things from falling onto the floor from his nightstand too!

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 9, 2015 at 12:14 am

      Ha. I hope that it does help with wrangling your husband’s nightstand accessories. If it is successful at that purpose, please lmk because then I’ll make a kitchen-sink-sized tray for myself. 🙂 My nightstand could use a little help…

      I love your interpretation of a Christmas “wreath.” There’s nothing wreath-like about it, which is what makes it AWESOME!

      Jess

      Reply
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  • Marwa | Enthralling Gumption
    May 28, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    This is such a great idea Jess, I always find myself clueless as to what should I gift my dad when an occasion arrives. Now, I know I can make a leather catchall and since he has keys and phone all over the place, this will be a win-win situation.
    Thank you the tutorial:)

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      May 28, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      I feel the same way, Marwa! Dads are so tricky! I’ve felt that way since I was like 4-years-old. I hope this idea gives you some inspiration!

      xo

      Jess

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  • Tracy King
    May 29, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Ha ha the garage inside my bedroom inside my living room is so my style! I’m always dreaming of amazing upcycled furniture but who really has the time! I’m really happy for you Jess that your crochet shoes made such a splash. I know when you work so hard on something it’s awesome to have it loved so much. Congrats and great job.

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