I’m an actress, and I’m forever looking for gifts to give to the people I work with on set. A director, casting director, the co-stars I’ve bonded with on a movie….it’s hard to find a gift that’s “one-size-fits-all.” So, I thought I was on to something when I recently came across these sleek and classy leather coasters. While I originally started with circles, it was the hexagons that soon captured my heart. They are quirky, fun, and the perfect home for my sweaty summer iced tea. What’s your favorite summer beverage? Tell me below.
SUPPLIES: Leather, pattern, felt, awl, glue, rotary cutter, straight edge
1. Trace your pattern on your leather with your awl and cut it out with your rotary cutter.
2. Next, trace (Note: using a Sharpie marker to trace on the felt helps me) your pattern onto your felt, and then cut it out with your rotary cutter.
3. Before I apply the glue, I like to match up my felt pieces with my leather (just in case my measuring and cutting were slightly off (LOL). Then when you know which matches best with what, generously apply your glue all over the backside of your leather, including the middle and perimeter. Be sure to do this with a window cracked….and let them dry before handling.
Brandhyze Stanley is the chief leather goods designer and creator of Brandhyze + Co. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on Dr. Oz, The View, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze has provided DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and has been a contributor for the Huffington Post, Yahoo Finance, Super Money, Good Housekeeping, and Newsday Westchester, to name a few. Brandhyze is a lover of leather and a mixer of textiles, follow her on Instagram @BrandhyzeandCo.