How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt

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Embellish your favorite dress with a bohemian-inspired chain and charm belt. This accessory makes a bold statement by itself, so your outfit needs little to no additional jewelry.

Metal waist belts make the ultimate festival fashion accessory.
Metal waist belts make the ultimate festival fashion accessory. (Image: How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt)

Things You'll Need

  • Mesh chain (The mesh chain should be long enough to fit around your waist plus 2 inches.)
  • Strong craft glue
  • Safety pin
  • Large lobster clasps (2)
  • Key chain rings (2)
  • 7- or 8-mm jump rings
  • Lightweight charms
  • Cutting mat
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Scissors
Materials needed to make a mesh and charm belt.
Materials needed to make a mesh and charm belt. (Image: How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt)

Step 1

Open the safety pin. Position it on top of the chain, 1 inch from the end and 1/8 inch from the bottom.

Place the chain on a cutting mat to protect your work surface.
Place the chain on a cutting mat to protect your work surface. (Image: How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt)

Step 2

Push the safety pin down until it pierces the chain.

Use caution when piercing the chain.
Use caution when piercing the chain. (Image: How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt)

Step 3

Open a jump ring with the jewelry pliers.

To open a jump ring, bend the ends away from each other.
To open a jump ring, bend the ends away from each other. (Image: How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt)

Step 4

Attach the jump ring to the hole.

Carefully slide the jump ring through the mesh chain.
Carefully slide the jump ring through the mesh chain. (Image: How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt)

Step 5

Add a charm to the jump ring.

Attach a charm.
Attach a charm. (Image: How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt)

Step 6

Close the jump ring. For extra security, slide the ends past each other.

Close a jump ring by bending the ends towards each other.
Close a jump ring by bending the ends towards each other. (Image: How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt)

Step 7

Continue adding charms by repeating Steps 1 through 6. Stop adding charms 1 inch from the opposite end.

The charms can be placed as closely as you like.
The charms can be placed as closely as you like. (Image: How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt)

Step 8

Add one large clasp to one key chain ring.

Open a key ring and add a clasp.
Open a key ring and add a clasp. (Image: How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt)

Step 9

Position the chain "wrong" side facing up. Fold the end of the chain around the key ring to make sure 1/2 inch folds over the key ring.

Half an inch should fold over the key ring.
Half an inch should fold over the key ring. (Image: How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt)

Step 10

Add glue 1/2 inch from the end. Be sure to apply glue in a well-ventilated area.

Glue in place.
Glue in place. (Image: How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt)

Step 11

Fold the end of the chain over the key ring and onto the glue. Leave it to dry completely. Use a binder clip to secure the end of the chain if needed. Repeat Steps 8 through 11 at the opposite end of the chain.

A binder clip is useful for holding mesh chain in place while glue dries.
A binder clip is useful for holding mesh chain in place while glue dries. (Image: How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt)

Tips for Making a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt

Hook the two clasps together when you are ready to wear your belt.

For best results, use lightweight charms in a thin, simple shape. Mix and match charms for a custom look.

Rock your custom-made belt.
Rock your custom-made belt. (Image: How to Make a Mesh Chain and Charm Belt)

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