When doing back-to-school shopping, you find many cheap, disposable accessories are available at the big box stores. Why not take some time to craft something you’ll enjoy using year after year? By making your own, you’ll have something that fits your desk and your own personal style.
These colorful blotters might inspire you to craft one of your own. This tutorial by Martha Stewart, a famous name in do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, shows how to create one with blotter paper in the center, so you can jot down your inspirations or keep track of those passwords! This blotter design has leather corners. You could choose to make it large enough to accommodate a mouse or make a separate mouse pad with this tutorial.
When making a mouse pad, remember that you don’t have to make it square. It’s up to you! You could make it round, a triangle or any shape that seems interesting. You can also create one with a wrist-rest, to keep you working comfortably during long hours in front of the screen. Include the wrist pad in your design or make it as its own piece, if that is easier.
Another project using leather is creating pen and pencil cups. These cube boxes are shown in fabric but could just as handily be made with thin leather and leather cement. This cylindrical pencil cup uses a sturdy tin can as the base. If you know (or are) an art student then consider this no-sew pencil roll.
Leather bound journals and sketchpads give you a place to take notes during class, work out assignments or just record your thoughts. This tutorial recycles office paper that would have been thrown away otherwise. Yet another set of instructions can be found here.
The journals don’t have to be blank, either. Pintrest has a wealth of printable calendars and to-do lists to stick inside. This would make a great gift either now or for New Years. Of course, you could find a day planner at the store and just add a leather cover. This video shows how to make a Midori-style travelers notebook. This very easy to follow guide shows you just how to make one that can be refilled. As always, enjoy the many possibilities available in leather!