Thursday, October 31, 2013

DIY Leather Strap Hurricane for Fall Console

Happy Halloween, everybody. In case you missed it, I shared our costumes and Halloween mantel previously.

I jumped right into the Halloween decor, but now I'm easing my way into some general autumnal adornment. (I really wanted to say "autumness" but I'm told that's not a real word.)

It is pretty simple, but I was trying to use what I had, for the most part. The leather strap hurricane was a super easy DIY project that cost me $3, plus tax. Not too shabby considering other ones I've seen at Front Gate and One Kings Lane (which inspired this in the first place) were priced at $60 to $469 bucks!

I had a vase on hand and only had to purchase 2 pleather belts at Daiso. If you aren't familiar, Daiso is similar to a dollar store, only everything is $1.50 and Japanese. (Note: the link is not to the exact style belts I bought because they don't appear to be available online.)

I cut each belt so it would fit snugly (the material gives a little, so make it as tight as possible.) and poked a hole with the tip of a knife. The curved the ends, although they aren't really visible. Then I cut the remainder of the belt straps in half, giving me four pieces to tuck in diagonally. I snipped the ends at an angle once I knew how long they needed to be. That's pretty much it. I didn't use glue or special hardware or anything.

I like that I can remove the belt pieces if I choose to use the vase in other ways throughout the year.

Other pieces I used for this display included these shuttles (part of an antique loom) that belonged to my grandfather, who worked in textiles.

I also made this little flower arrangement with some hydrangeas, feathers, and dried seed pods.

Anyone else out there moving onto post-Halloween decorating already?


  1. Smart idea! Who would have thought that belt can be used as decoration too! Thanks for sharing this :)

  2. What a creative idea! I love how classy and rustic it looks! The feathers in your flower arrangement are such a nice touch too. Thanks so much for stopping by chapter37 and for your kind comment!

  3. I love that hurricane! Genius idea!

  4. Wow! You did a fantastic job! I never would have thought of using a belt like that. Gorgeous!

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