Picture of Design and Make Celtic Knotwork Leather Belt
Overview: In this instructable you will learn how to:

1) Create a Celtic Knotwork pattern from scratch
2) Draw your own variations in knots
3) Tool a leather belt with the knotwork pattern
4) Finish the belt


Ball point pen
Ruler, Triangle (if making grid by hand)

Leather belt blank
Hole punch
Spray bottle
Hard tooling surface (preferably chunk of scrap granite counter-top, get it from a counter-top place for free from their dumpster)
Sturdy work bench (I made mine out of 2x4's)
Utility knife
Tracing mylar (or other plastic)
Swivel knife (special leather knife)
Leather stamps: beveler, backgrounder
High density sponge
Leather antique (stain)
Leather finish
Edge Kote
Optional: Punch for belt end (makes nice arch on end of belt, don't buy unless you are going to make a lot of belts, you can use a utility knife)


Measure proper belt length. The easiest way to do this is to measure a belt that fits the person well already. Measure from the start of the leather at the buckle to the end of the belt. You may want to subtract a little from the length because the belt may stretch a little bit.

Based on the measurement, you know how long your Celtic pattern needs to be.
bricobart1 year ago

Absolutely brilliant, fav'ed!

from_the_toolbox (author)  bricobart1 year ago

Thanks, I wear this belt every day with business casual or jeans. Surprisingly, nobody has ever commented on it.

Well judging by the comments on this and my own opinion this is amazing!

Great Post...job well done and explained!!!

soljoe1 year ago

Where can I get the tools and the blank leather

from_the_toolbox (author)  soljoe1 year ago

Ditto, Tandy Leather

TinCan soljoe1 year ago

I got all my stuff at Tandy Leather

TinCan1 year ago

I have a belt stock, been waiting for a good clean Celtic Knot -- Thanks

that is Lapses at the dinner table

Very nice tutorial, may I add only, I was taught when sizing the belt, make only 3 holes , one that is the person's size, then one hole before and after for lases in judgement at the diner table and the other to make it even looking!

very clean!

EthanJP1 year ago

How much for a custom one?

from_the_toolbox (author)  EthanJP1 year ago

Sorry Ethan, but I only do this as a hobby. I only make things for myself or as gifts to others.

Oh........ ok :(

whoa. seen alot of oakleaf, never a good celt belt (excuse my pun) i will be applying this to a knife sheath soon

If you need ideas for knots you can check out the book: Celtic Knots: Mastering the Traditional Patterns by Aidan Meehan. I don't use his technique, but it has hundreds of knot combination ideas. For my technique I use a combination of this book and Celtic Knotwork by Ian Bain

also it would be even easier if you used a cowboy style belt buckle. no need to cut the slot, no need for contact cement so you can swap out different buckles from your vast collection