Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend. I missed my “normal” Monday blog post time because we are down one computer in our home, and my sweet daughter needed to borrow mine to do hours of homework on Sunday. So here I am today with my post about how to upcyle thrifted belts into bracelets. While this isn’t a brand new idea for me–you can read past posts here and here–I’m listing some of them in my Vintage Shop for the first time, look under “Hand Crafted.”
I bought this leather belt a week or so ago at a thrift store, knowing that it would be perfect for a belt bracelet. Any belt that has holes or a cut out design, like this one, all along the full extent of the belt makes a great candidate, because then you don’t have make your own holes.
For this belt, I just trimmed it to 12″ and, boom, my bracelet was done! Wasn’t that super easy? Well, they’re not all quite that simple, but I do not find this craft difficult at all. [I’ll use the foot and a half or so that I have left for another project.]
This belt that had grommets all the way along the entire belt, making it a great choice for a bracelet. After trying it on my wrist, I decided to cut this one a little longer (13″), just because of the way it rested on my wrist.
Many textile belts, like the red and blue ones above, have a metal clip on the end that finishes off the belt and prevents it from fraying. Read my first post about belt bracelets for instructions on how to remove and reapply these clips.
Here’s another textile belt with grommets all the way down and with a metal clip on the end. Hot pink is a favorite of mine!
Army-Navy belts, like this one, with aged brass buckles, make great candidates for belt bracelets. They typically have metal clips on their ends and the buckles have toothed clasps inside that hold the belt/bracelet snugly in place.
Here we have a bonded leather belt with grommets running down its length. I decided to cut the end on a curve and touched up the edge with a black permanent marker to match the black surface.
This silver example is made of soft leather, which made it quite easy to create the necessary holes using a hammer and an awl.
I really like the look of this big Geophrey Beene belt bracelet. I used heavy duty scissors to cut the end, blackened the cut edge with a permanent marker, and used an awl to create some holes where there were none. I’m not in love with the look of the holes; they’re a little rough, but then so is the belt. I think of it as a cowboy bracelet and have worn it myself a couple of times.
I get wonderful satisfaction out of turning vintage and thrifted belts into something fun and unique. The most expensive cost $2.00 and a majority of the rest, no more than 50¢! All from thrift stores.
Don’t feel like making your own just yet?
I have some available for purchase in my Vintage Shop.
Just press the “Handmade” button
And the first follow-up post:
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