How to Make Beaded Leather Belt

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You are on a tight budget, yet you covet the beaded belt your girlfriend was wearing the other day. You do not have fifty dollars or more to spend on the belt. Don’t despair. It's easy to make a beaded leather belt and you won't have to spend a fortune. And, best of all, the belt will be unique. Here is how to make a beaded leather belt.

Find a Belt

Go through your close. Somewhere in there is a plain old brown or black leather belt that you haven’t worn in ages. If you cannot find one in your closet, pick one up at your local Wal-Mart or go to a garage or flea market sell. There are always belts that can be purchased for a few bucks.

Go to the craft store and buy some Swarovski beads, wood beads or gold beads, something that has a flat side to them. These are available form your local craft store, and you can purchase a variety of colors of your own choice. Assorted colors, shapes and sizes make for an interesting design. Geometric designs really show well on a belt and give it a country western feel.

Lay the belt on the table with the side that you want to decorate. Have your beads set out so that you can choose which ones you want to adorn your belt. Plan out the design that you want to include on your belt, take your beads and one at a time place them on the belt to make your design. Once you are satisfied with the design(s) temporarily tape them in place on the belt so that you have a geometric design.

Use a glue gun or epoxy glue to assemble and decorate your belt. Pick up one of your beads, add the glue to the flat side of the bead and replace it in the space that you wish for it to reside. Hold in place until the glue dries. Repeat the steps throughout the entire belt. I have found that epoxy glue works better and lasts longer.

Leave the belt to set for the entire night before trying to wear it. Assure that all the beads are securely in place, if there are any that are loose just put clear glue on the top of the bead and let it sit again for another hour or two to set.

Tips & Warnings

  • Making your own design will give you a good feeling. Your belt will be unique.
  • If beads become loose, just add some additional glue to the back of the bead and reattach to the belt.

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