How to Make a Leather Box

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Things You'll Need

  • Wooden box
  • Leather
  • Utility knife
  • Small paint roller or natural bristle paintbrush
  • T-square or meter stick
  • Contact cement or other leather to wood adhesive

Covering any wooden box with leather turns a plain box into an accent piece. Because leather is available in many colors and textures, the creator of such a piece can design it to complement existing furniture and add ambiance to any room. Create a large box to store favorite books or family heirlooms; smaller boxes are convenient to hold photos and desk supplies.

Measure each side of the box that you wish to cover in leather. Mark the measurements onto the flesh side of the leather, then, using the T-square as a straight edge, cut the leather using the utility knife.

Apply a thin layer of the contact cement to one side of the wood box and a thin layer to the corresponding leather piece. Adhere the leather to the wood side.

Rub outward from the middle of the leather-coated wood. This eliminates air bubbles and ensures proper contact for the adhesive to work. Wipe excess from edges with a slightly damp cloth. Repeat for each side of the box.

Allow the box to sit for one hour before using.


  • Use adhesives in a well ventilated area. Read and comply with all safety details on adhesives. Keep the box away from moisture.