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DIY Leather Drawer Pulls with Labels

Learn how to make DIY Leather Drawer Pulls with labels for a child’s bedroom. A small dresser with curved drawers is updated with DIY leather drawer pulls.

I’m a firm believer in not rushing the decorating process. I don’t force decision-making. I’ll shop for the right piece of furniture for months. I’m okay with imperfection and unfinished projects in the meantime.

Learn how to make DIY Leather Drawer Pulls with labels on the pull for a child's bedroom. Click through for the full tutorial.

There is a small yellow dresser that I painted years ago. When we moved it back into the house, the top drawer pull broke. Yes. Literally, right after I refinished it.

No big deal, right? Buy new pulls. Not so easy.

Learn how to make DIY Leather Drawer Pulls with labels on the pull for a child's bedroom. Click through for the full tutorial.

The drawers are curved, and the pulls are also curved, a perfect fit for this particular piece. But a “perfect fit” makes it difficult to find a replacement.

In this house, the dresser never really found a home until it landed in my son’s bedroom when we put our house on the market. Now that it has a home, it was time to tackle the missing drawer pulls, with a DIY Leather Drawer Pull project.


DIY Leather Drawer Pulls : Supplies

Craft Leather
Rotary Cutter & Mat
Wood Burning Tool
Alphabet Hot Stamps
Leather Hole Punch
Screw, Washer & Bolt


DIY Leather Drawer Pulls : Instructions

Step #1: Cut the craft leather to length with a rotary cutter.

Note: When choosing leather, a rough suede-like leather or a matte leather will burn better than a gloss-finish leather.

Learn how to make DIY Leather Drawer Pulls with labels on the pull for a child's bedroom. Click through for the full tutorial.

Step #2: Place hot stamps on leather for alignment. Using the wood burning tool, imprint one letter at a time. I prefer to start with the middle letters and work out.

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Learn how to make DIY Leather Drawer Pulls with labels on the pull for a child's bedroom. Click through for the full tutorial.

Learn how to make DIY Leather Drawer Pulls with labels on the pull for a child's bedroom. Click through for the full tutorial.

Step #3: Measure your drawer, and punch holes in the leather where the drawer pull will attach.

Learn how to make DIY Leather Drawer Pulls with labels on the pull for a child's bedroom. Click through for the full tutorial.

Step #4: Use a screw, washer, and bolt to attach each side of the leather pull.

Learn how to make DIY Leather Drawer Pulls with labels on the pull for a child's bedroom. Click through for the full tutorial.

As a note, I used a gold marker to add a touch of shimmer to the burned letters.

This small dresser has undergone a dramatic transformation. It matched my style when we got it nearly 10 years ago, and now it’s a perfect fit in my little boy’s bedroom as a night stand.

A small dresser for a boys bedroom in ASCP Arles with DIY Leather Drawer Pulls. Click through for the full tutorial.

The leather adds a masculine detail to a dresser with feminine lines, and the yellow color feels modern and playful. Decorating slowly is okay… if I had forced the process, I may not have ever thought to use leather.

Instead, I would probably have just filled holes and added knobs. Of course, that’s not a bad choice, but it wouldn’t have felt as custom and whimsical as leather drawer pulls.

Learn how to make DIY Leather Drawer Pulls with labels on the pull for a child's bedroom. Click through for the full tutorial.

How do you decorate? Do you like to take it slowly, or finish a project quickly? There are definitely benefits to both methods. Sometimes, we have to finish projects {due to deadlines, functionality, etc.}; but if I’m unsure and it can wait — I’ll choose that option.

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Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins

Thursday 16th of March 2017

You are brilliant Lora! This is a great idea and it totally looks high-end. I have a hard time leaving certain projects unfinished, but there are others that stay unfinished for a long time (like our laundry room make-over *sigh*).

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Tuesday 21st of March 2017

Aw thanks Shani!! We spent forever on our Laundry Room too :)

Sarah

Tuesday 14th of March 2017

You always make the neatest stuff from leather!! I loved those leather coasters from before Christmas and now these pulls!! So unique. And they fit perfectly on the piece.

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Tuesday 21st of March 2017

Thanks, Sarah! I'm having fun with using leather -- I love that it adds a more masculine touch to things.

Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

Sunday 12th of March 2017

That's such a cute makeover and I love the pulls! Cute idea! :) XO, Vanessa

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Tuesday 21st of March 2017

Thanks, Vanessa!

zan

Friday 10th of March 2017

It takes me a while to find the correct decorating pieces too. I agree that it should match your style and be functional in the space. The leather pull is a creative idea and probably something I would not have thought of doing. It's great that you waited and custom made something for the dresser.

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Tuesday 21st of March 2017

It's hard to be patient sometimes ;)

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