Do you tote your stenciling tools from home to studio? Do you work on projects at a client’s home? This classy leather stencil brush holder is a lovely way to store and carry your prized collection.
The flexible design and easy steps made me want to make versions for colored pencils, fun markers and everything in my studio. Once you have fashioned the basic template, assembling multiples is simple and quick. (Consider keeping a paper template for later.)
If you have a college artist heading off to school soon, this DIY brush holder is the perfect send-off project to work on together.
- Royal Design Studio Casbah Trellis Moroccan Furniture Stencil
- Royal Design Studio stencil brushes
- Royal stencil crèmes in Copper Kettle, Metallic Teal & Patina Green,
- Motsenbackers Lift-Off 5 stencil cleaner
- Scraps of leather
- Thread in a coordinating color, large needle
- Cutting surface, sharp knife, metal ruler, fine-point marker, tape, scissors, hammer, large nail, paper towels like Bounty
Lay out the leather and place your pens, brushes or markers on top to decide on a final size. Mine is 9” tall by 16 ½” wide. Measure and cut your piece. Cut a long piece about 7/8” wide and about 22” long and set it aside. You will add it later.
Width-wise, find the center of the large leather piece. Draw two parallel lines along the width of the leather, approx. 7/8” apart from each other. Then, place vertical marks at one-inch distance on these lines Use a knife to cut along the vertical marks to enable weaving the thin strip later.
Place a small object with a round edge on each square corner, mark and cut with scissors.
On the shiny side of the leather, use a stencil brush and swirl a thin coat of Copper Kettle stencil crème over the entire surface and let dry. Do the same on the thin leather strip.
Using your center mark, lay the stencil down and tape it. Stencil the pattern as shown across the entire surface using Metallic Teal and Patina Green as shown and let dry.
Turn the large piece over and weave the thin strip as shown, with the shiny side facing in. Hammer three small holes through both pieces of leather. Sew the pieces together. Hammer two holes at the end of the leather strip. Sew on a bauble with a bit of weight to help secure the loop.
Add brushes to your masterpiece and your artsy, beautiful piece is all ready to be used! Be sure to clean your stencil with Motsenbackers Lift-Off 5 stencil cleaner.
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