By: Liz Elliott
Have you ever cringed at the thought of getting rid of those old belts you once loved? Before you think of tossing them, check out our different ways to put them to good use.
Tip: Don’t have any old belts? Take a trip to your local thrift store and grab a few.
1. Leather Belt Bracelet
Fashion a brand new bracelet out of a belt you don’t wear anymore.
Skinny leather belt
Yarn or string for measuring
- Decide if you’d like the bracelet to wrap around your wrist more than once. Wrap the yarn loosely around your wrist, add two inches of length then cut
- Cut the belt to match the length of yarn, making sure to include the end with the buckle
- On the end of the belt, punch 3-5 holes about a 1 1/2 centimetres (1/2-inch) apart
- Wrap around your wrist and buckle in place
- Cut belt down to about 10-12 1/2 (4-5 inches) in length, making sure to include the end with the buckle
- Punch at least one hole so you can buckle the belt into a small loop
- Roll your napkin and insert into your new napkin ring
3. Repurposed Drawer Handles
Give furniture a rustic touch with new, decorative handles.
Nails (4), screws (4) or knobs (2)
Drill / Hammer
- Cut the belt down to several segments, each about 10-12 1/2 (4-5 inches) in length
- Centre the leather strap on drawer
- If you are using screws or nails, place one in each of the four corners of your belt strap to secure the straps to the drawer
- Hammer or nail into place
- If you are using knobs, place one knob at each end of your strap. Using a pencil, mark the place where you should drill hole for knob
- Drill hole as a placeholder. Screw knob into place
4. Leather Flowerpot Holders
Cover existing flowerpots with leather belts for a decorative embellishment.
Empty coffee can / large soup can
Any type of belt
- Using the width of your can as a reference, tie and buckle your belt to fit snugly around the can (just as you would around your waist)
- If you find you need to punch an additional hole in your belt, do so, making sure the belt will not slide down the can
- Add soil, flowers or a plant and enjoy
Tip: Repeat this process 2-3 around the can or flowerpot with a few different belts to add some dimension.
5. Leather Door Chimes
Welcome guests to your home with this fashionable chime.
Twist ties or string
- Using the sewing scissors, cut strap down to about 30 1/2 (12 inches) in length. The length can vary depending on your taste
- Using the leather punch, punch holes approximately 4 centimetres (1 1/2 inches) apart
- Secure jingle bells to belt by threading string or twist ties through bells, into hole punched on belt and then tying securely
- Tying a longer string around the top bell, create a loop to be used for hanging on either a door or mantel
6. Leather Belt Placemats
Adorn your dinner table with new placemats made from old leather belts.
String or ribbon
- Using the sewing scissors, cut each belt strap down to about 35 1/2 centimetres (14 inches) in length
- About 1 1/2 centimetres (1/2-inch) from the ends of each strap, punch one hole, making sure it is centred
- Laying belts on a flat surface, lie one down on top of the next so that their sides are touching
- Once you have determined the length of the placemat, weave the string or ribbon through the holes, securing each belt to the next
7. Leather Clock Hanger
Attach a clock to the wall with a rustic, decorative hanger.
Heavy-duty string or twine
- Using the sewing scissors, cut belt strap down to about 15 centimetres (6 inches) in length, leaving end of belt with the buckle in tact
- Punch a hole in the end you cut, about 1 1/2 centimetres (1/2-inch) in from end
- Using heavy-duty string or twine, secure belt to backside of clock
- Using the end of belt with your clasp, attach to nail on wall for hanging
Tip: Cut the strap to a longer length if you want to belt to show above the clock.
Tip: As an alternative, wrap the belt around the edges of the clock and fasten the clasp. Glue the clock in place and hang the belt from a hook.
I’m co-founder of Craftbaby.com with my pal Candie. Whether it's painting office walls pink (home decor), chasing after a messy toddler (parenting), creating knock-offs because we're too cheap (DIY), or cooking without wheat so we don't get puffy (recipes) - we'll share it with you on our blog. Come connect with us!