DIY Room Decor: How To Make a Leather Mail Organizer

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We love a good landing strip solution! This Design*Sponge-inspired wood and leather mail organizer takes up minimal space and keeps your clutter contained.

Skill Level: Easy
Time Required: 3.5 days
Project Cost: $50

What You Need


  • Wood plank (this one measures 7.25"x31")
  • Leather
  • Brass nails or escutcheon pins
  • 220 fine grit sandpaper
  • Clear gloss polyurethane (like Minwax fast-drying polyurethane)
  • Cheap 2" brush
  • Paper towels
  • Mounting hardware
  • Adhesive foam squares


  • Heavy duty scissors/utility knife
  • Ruler
  • Hammer
  • Drill


1. Prep the materials: Lightly sand the wood for the finish. Using heavy duty fabric scissors or utility knife, cut out the pockets from the leather. Based on standard mail measurements, the pocket sizes cut here are 6.25"x10", 6.25"x12", and 6.25"x16". Fold each in half so they measure 6.25"x5", 6.25"x6", and 6.25"x8".

2. Coat your board in polyurethane, two to four coats total. In between each coat, make sure the poly is completely dry, then lightly sand and wipe with a damp cloth before applying a new coat. Finish by sanding and wiping one final time.

3. Mark the placement of your pockets and put the leather in place with the folded edges on the bottom.

4. Add the nails: one centered on the back half of the pocket and one in each corner through both layers.

5. Drill holes for hanging wire, or use your preferred hanging hardware. Stick foam squares to the bottom corners to protect your wall.

Thanks, Erin!

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(Image credits: Mistakes & Malarkey)