Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Make Your Own Leather Crock Tops and Spots


This is a quick but impressive way to top crocks with smaller openings. . .So many have noticed my leather crock toppers over the years and wanted to know where I bought them. . .The only thing we buy is leather at the thrift stores. . .skirts. . .jackets. . .anything with leather will do. . .It's much cheaper than buying leather pieces from a craft store or you local hide trader. . .(grin). . .Then we make our own tops to fit each crock individually. . .
It is such a simple technique. . .but the results are fantastic. . .We used this method many times at Colonial Williamsburg. . .

 

1. Materials: Leather or Suede, Scissors, Pliers, Heavy Rubber Band
2. Use a plate, bowl or other round object to draw a circle, adding at least 1 1/2" for the skirt.
3. Cut out the circle.
4-5. Soak circle thoroughly. Squeeze out excess water.
6. Place on top of crock. Hold with a rubber band.
7. Band must be tight. Double it if possible.
8. With pliers, pull skirt down evenly to tighten top. 
Leather should be pulled tight like a drum.


8. Let dry. Depending on the leather, this could take 24 hours.
9. When dry, remove bands.


That's all there is to it. . .SIMPLE. . . 


If at some point the top becomes limp from too much dampness, wet it and follow the steps again. . .They will last 'forever'. . .


'SPOTS' are another item from Colonial Williamsburg that we still utilize in our home. . .Spots are just what they seem. . .Circles of leather, placed under crocks to  spare our countertops from scratches. . .or under candlesticks to catch drops of wax. . .


Cut leather circles whatever size you'll need. . .I often cut spots the exact size as the crock bottom but it isn't necessary. . .Letting a little edge peek out adds to the charm. . .


Two simple projects that will add so much to your FARMHOUSE KITCHEN. . .
Time to visit the Thrift Store. . .




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4 comments:

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Love this tutorial! Looks so simple--I'll give it a go. ♥

Cindy Rasley said...

Would love that with gingham !

Rebecca Fuelling said...

What a great idea. I love that you used materials from the thrift store too.

co coya said...

HAPPY SPRING, EVERYONE! I forgot to post that! We have spring rain today but I'll take it over the snow up North. Maybe soon the sun will shine for all of us! Hugs. . .
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