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9/11/14DIY: Catch-all Wall Pockets

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When I first saw these cork mats wandering  through my local Lowe’s, I immediately thought they’d work well as a grouping of bulletin boards for over my desk, but then, scrolling through Pinterest I came across a few of those belt/mirror things like these and from there came up with the idea of making versatile wall pockets that can be used in any room of the house…

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From the entrance into the home, to the kitchen or yes, above the desk use a little wall pocket to store frequently used (and frequently lost) items, like your sunglasses, keys and overdue bills…

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Here’s how to make them:
What you need:
Round cork mats in various sizes
Leather scrap pieces big enough to use for pocket(these were found at my local fabric shop)
Small upholstery tacks
1/2″ wide Leather strips
Hot glue and a hot glue gun

What you do:
1. Cut the leather pieces 1/2″ smaller than the cork mat you will use
2. Cut the ‘top’ of the circle to create ‘pocket’ shape.
3. Put hot-glue around the round perimeter of the leather piece and carefully glue it the cork mat on all sides but the top
4. Add upholstery where desired to accent the leather and to reinforce corners
5. Once dry, hold corner tack down with one thumb and carefully stretch the leather to give it some room for the ‘stuff.’
6. Glue the leather strip to the perimeter of the cork, making sure the ends of the leather strips are glues together neatly at the bottom of the cork board.
7. Tie a knot in the top of the leather strip to create a loop to hang the cork mat from.

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8. Hang your wall pockets in a cluster or by itself.
9. Revel in the cuteness!

Creative direction, photography and styling by Justina Blakeney, crafting by Natalie Gluck for The Jungalow.  This post was created in partnership with Lowe’s. Check out or Pinterest board Justina’s Creative Home for more fun DIY ideas!

Justina Blakeney Justina Blakeney

Designer, artist, stylist & mama. Founder and CCO at The Jungalow. Crazy for color, pattern and plants!

32 responses to “DIY: Catch-all Wall Pockets”

  1. I LOVE THESE!! Going to make one for my daughters room asap!! :D

  2. Dinah says:

    These are absolutely adorable!! I love them!

  3. Abbey says:

    Loving the look on these and the functionality. Do you think vinyl/faux leather would work?

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  5. Ana says:

    I’m just in love with this DIY! I have pinned it and I hope I will find time to make it. :)

  6. Heather says:

    This is awesome! I bought a few too many cork trivets from Ikea and I have left over leather from another pinterest project!! I’m totally doing this!!!! This might even be perfect for the bathroom!

    Thanks!!!!

  7. Very wonderful DIY. Thanks for this wonderful idea. now, my cork boards has a place for recycling. My wife was about to throw all the cork boars. I will surprise her.

  8. Carla says:

    This is the best idea I have seen in a while. Thanks! I can’t wait to get the materials.

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  17. Jillian Wetherell says:

    Hi Justina,

    Big fan of your blog! I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while, but I having trouble finding leather remnants to use. I live in LA too so I wanted to know if you could recommend a store? Thanks!

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