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.
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.
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.
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.
DIY GIFT FOR HIM: Leather Catchall Tray SUPPLIES
So you can spend more time making and less time shopping, this post contains affiliate links at no extra cost to you.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.