It’s that season of the year–full of celebration, drawing family close and being thankful for all we have.
It’s also the time to start planning our Christmas decorations. Whether you are a 20-bin kind of holiday decorator or a 2 or 3-bin decorator, I bet you enjoy having new ideas to try out every now and again.
Today’s easy as 1-2-3 project involves repurposing old belts into Christmas wall art. It’s satisfying enough for the veteran DIY-er, but simple enough for the crafting-challenged, LOL.
Materials to Repurposed Belts Into Vintage Christmas Wall Art
Whenever I go thrifting or shopping at garage sales, I find myself drawn to belts. They come in so many colors and textures, and some of them are mini works of art, like the sequined and embroidered one above .
Equally interesting to me are pieces of scrap wood and metal that I come across (and hoard for potential projects).
I’m of course particularly drawn to antique pieces, those that have lived a “hard life,” like those you see here; they especially appeal to me.
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- Vintage or thrifted belts
- Scrap wood or metal
- Weldbond glue (my favorite)
- Large scissors (or Exacto knife)
- Small stars
- Claw-style hangers
How to Repurpose Belts into Christmas Tree Wall Art
Step 1: First spend some time mixing and matching belts with scrap wood to evaluate which pieces worked well together.
Step 2: Once you’ve picked out the belt you want to work with, decide how wide you want the “branches” to be, based on the height and width of your wood. Then start cutting.
For my first tree, I used a thin narrow belt that I could easily cut with a typical pair of sewing shears.
Other belts, like the red leather one below, required large, heavy-duty tailor shears. Alternatively, you could use an exacto knife instead to [carefully] cut the belts.
Note that for the trunk, I used a piece from a black belt that I also had on hand. [I may have far more belts “on hand” than any one person should, LOL.]
Step 3: Next, lay out the pieces of your tree on the scrap wood you decided to use (leave room for a star or tree topper of some kind) and glue them in place with a strong glue, like Weldbond.
Step 4: Weight down the entire tree with something heavy like a telephone book and let it sit overnight. The next day everything should be completely dry and solidly attached.
Step 5: If you have a star shape of some kind on hand, glue it to the top of your tree. I punched a star shape from cardboard and attached it using a tiny foam square to raise it up to the level of the belt.
Step 6: Attach a claw hanger to the back of your wall art so you can hang it up and you’re done!
[Note: I often use the Weldbond glue to attach the claw hangers if the wood is too light to hammer a nail into.]
Some Examples of Completed Upcycled Belt Christmas Trees
For the tree topper on this one I snipped off a piece of a decorative belt in a coordinating color.
Including a lower branch with belt holes added some interest to this tree and a rusty star I had on hand made the perfect topper.
My trio of festive, rustic trees has begun to put me in the Christmas spirit, though I’ll be taking a break to focus on Thanksgiving this week 🙂
I hope your holiday is touched by grace and peace, whether you find yourself spending it alone, with friends, or with family. May God bless you richly!
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