Belts: the part of an outfit that is not only an accessory, but can practically become essential to your favorite shirt, tunic or dress. I personally feel like belts don’t get enough credit for their potential role in an awesome outfit! Below are three different “mini” DIY projects, on how to use different items as belts. Each tutorial is super simple, so why not share three instead of one? The possibilities are endless with these, and can help you add that extra touch to your favorite outfit.
1. Basic Belt
Materials: Sewing elastic, belt closures from an old or thrifted belt
Thick sewing elastic can make an extremely versatile belt. I used the metal closures from a thrifted belt and wide sewing elastic to make this black belt (that I use ALL the time!) I simply sewed the elastic onto each of the metal pieces to create an instant belt. The solid color is a great canvas for embellishments…maybe some studs, buttons, or appliques? Keeping it plain is great too – perfect for adding a finishing touch to outfits that already have a lot of prints and textures.
2. Necklace Belt
Materials: Necklace, silk ribbon
When I first joined the wht team, I got this amazing necklace by PONO. I’ve received tons of compliments on it already. But I thought, I can wear it even more if I use it as a belt! You can extend almost any necklace with some nice silk ribbon, creating an instant and fun. This can be easily done with a bracelet, too. It will give some of your jewelry that chance to shine in a completely different way.
3. Scarf Belt
Materials: Vintage headscarf, keychain hooks
Sure, you can just tie a headscarf around your waist and call it a day – but I feel like adding some metal hooks into the mix gives an entirely different look, without the extra fabric flowing behind you. Just tie the scarf onto the hooks, trimming down where applicable/if needed. You can find some really interesting scarves at thrift shops and flea markets.
Readers, what have you repurposed lately? Share in the comments!
Kirsten of Studs-and-Pearls.com is currently in graduate school, working towards her Masters of Science in Nutrition. She loves vintage shoes, photography, and baking at obscure hours of the night. Her art and DIY supplies are currently taking over her apartment, and she wouldn’t want it any other way.