I have been needing a holster for my anvil pruner that I use a lot in the garden. I decided to make it and a belt to go with it out of cardboard to see how practical the idea was. Proceed to the results!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
The usual tools for working with cardboard, and corrugated cardboard is used as the base material. Various paints are used in finishing. Clamps are needed as well. Any good glue will do.
Step 2: Cut Cardboard in the Shapes Needed
For the belt, I cut some cardboard to 1 and 1/4 in. width. For the clasp that I devised, I needed to measure the length of the belt to within one inch of the overall size needed to fit my waist. I think this length was 35 inches (of course it will vary with each individual).
Step 3: Make Wood Dowel Pieces For the Clasp
A 5/8 inch piece of dowel is used for this "clasp". See pictures for complete details on how to cut 2 pieces for the clasp.
Step 4: Make Cardboard Pieces for Clasp
Here, I have drilled two holes for the wood pices to fit into. The dowel parts are glued into these holes with regular white glue. The strength of these joints is impressive.
Step 5: Glue Up Wood Clasp Pieces
Here, the pieces of wood dowel are glued into the cardboard "belt" pieces cut and drilled as shown.
Step 6: Add Elastic To the Belt
A piece of elastic is sewn onto two pieces of belt as shown. By using this elastic, the belt can "expand" as needed for a snug fit. The elastic also pulls back on the clasp to ensure a positive "lock" so that the belt won't come undone.
Step 7: Tool The Leather
For a real leather look, I used a bone folder to score the diamond pattern shown. With some creative painting techniques, I was able to make the belt appear to be made of snakeskin! If wanted, a name can be added. I outline the name on the belt, and using the bone folder, scored around the letters so that they were "raised" or stood out.