DIY: Leather Cutting Board Handles

Written by Jessica Comingore

It’s been a little over a month of settling into a new home, which means I’m still in the midst of organizing, purging, and generally clearing my surroundings of anything unused and unnecessary. My latest project is the kitchen, which luckily has the counter space to display a few of my most frequently used items and objects. As much as I enjoy tucking things away and out of sight, there are always a handful of things I use on the daily that I’d like within arms reach, like my cutting boards.

Staring at them every morning got me thinking — how can I upgrade these up a bit so they’re as useful chopping vegetables every day as they are to host a spread when I’m entertaining? Enter… the leather handle. Aside from sprucing up their look, the handles work great for hanging if you have an empty wall in the kitchen and a few hooks in your toolkit. As far as the leather goes, there are a wide range of options to choose from online (and at your local fabric store), so you can select a style that works well with the rest of your kitchen goods. Try your hand at your own version by checking out a step-by-step guide below.


What You’ll Need:

1 spool of leather (leather cords or strips will do)
Rivets and rivet setter
Leather hole punch
Cutting board



1. If you’re using a leather cord to wrap the handle on your cutting or bread board, begin with a knot and a few wraps around to secure it behind the handle. As you continue wrapping, you can go the simple route of straight lines, or criss-cross each layer over the previous one for a more detailed result. When you reach the part of the handle that begins to flare out, secure your cord by looping it through the hole at the top of the handle, or by tying another knot and tucking the excess cord into the back of your wrap.

2. If you’re using a leather strip, cut a 12″ piece, and fold one side over the other so the two ends meet. Using your leather hole punch, create two holes equidistant from the end and centered on the leather strip. Place the rivet posts through the bottom holes and secure them on the top using the rivet cap. Place the rivet setter over the top of the cap and gently hammer a few times to secure the post into the cap.

Note: This DIY works best with cutting boards that have an existing hole in them, but if have a solid wood board, you can also hammer a nail straight through the leather strip into the board, and hide the top of the nail by covering it with a rivet cap.


For cutting boards similar to the ones shown above, visit Ikea, Cost Plus & Individual Medley.

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