Introduction: Leather Bracelets From Recycled Belts

There are plenty of old leather belts that have been discarded because of changing tastes, or a part broke, or maybe the original owner just got too fat. This technique is a way to make bracelets from these belts. Cut them carefully and you should be able to get three from each belt.

I'm using a laser cutter here, but the original technique was taught to me by my friend Becca who used leather tools to create cool effects as well. The method of decoration is your own, but making the bracelet itself is very easy as you'll see.

Step 1: Decorate the Belt

I used a laser cutter to etch this Japanese design into the surface of the belt. You can also use a leather stamping technique.

Step 2: Measure and Cut

Wrap the belt around your wrist and let it overlap by 1.5 inches. Cut with your favorite cutting tool.

Step 3: Mark Locations for Holes

Wrap the leather around your wrist so that it is fairly snug, but still comfortable to move with. Now loosen the belt by an 1/8 of an inch or so to give yourself some room for the snaps.

Step 4: Drill or Punch Holes in Ends

With the overlap of the bracelet where you want it, drill or punch out holes that are in the middle of the overlap.

Step 5: Attach the Snaps

With a hammer, bang in some heavy duty snaps so that the bracelet can snap around your wrist.

Step 6: Wear It!

Sweet, you're done! Now snap the bracelet around your wrist or give it to someone else.

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°HAMMAKER° made it! (author)2016-08-04

www.hammaker.etsy.com

Stone Bracelets, Mala, Double Wrist Bracelets

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stylesmagz made it! (author)2016-06-16

I love leather products like leather jackets but made with genuine leather as offered by "LeatherJacketsUSA".

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JacksonB14 made it! (author)2016-04-24

Thanks man i think im gonna fo this 4 a project! Thanks alot 4 the help

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jer0891 made it! (author)2014-06-01

cool

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saosport made it! (author)2013-02-12

Good idea

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captaincoolness55 made it! (author)2009-02-19

cool man! :D where do you get the snaps from? i've looked at walmart, but couldn't find any.

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whitejaxon made it! (author)whitejaxon2012-09-18

it depends on where you are but around me there are some tandy's which are specifcly for leather

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bgulmon made it! (author)bgulmon2011-07-28

go to a hobby center or arts and craft store. Not sure what part of the world you are in, so my examples might be a bit off, but in my area we have Micheal's or Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores. Or, buy them online

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hellmaster993 made it! (author)2012-08-16

nice

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coniosis11 made it! (author)2012-07-08

...I Like that instructable.. !!!! . . ahahaha.... very cool....and amazing.... it's very simple but I dont know why I don't that instructable before,.. ! :))

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TinyPenguin made it! (author)2012-06-05

"or maybe the original owner just got too fat......" lol

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St Jimmy made it! (author)2011-04-08

You could have a stud on the inside end, facing outward, that goes through the hole on the outside like a button

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St Jimmy made it! (author)St Jimmy2011-04-08

Or poke some extra holes, preserve the buckle, and use that to close it

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shadow wave rider made it! (author)shadow wave rider2011-09-05

hey st jinny. just wondering but did you get your nem from the greenday songs. i love greenday. they are an awesome band.

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St Jimmy made it! (author)St Jimmy2011-09-06

Yep! They are pretty awesome

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ilpug made it! (author)2011-08-23

I'm going to make these, but not with belts, as i have a huge peice of black leather from an old biker jacket.

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voltagedude made it! (author)2011-06-20

where did u get the snaps????

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alexcoollol made it! (author)2010-11-24

can it wor k with a dremel

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fungus amungus made it! (author)fungus amungus2010-11-24

Which part?

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TBJ5 made it! (author)2010-11-24

2 snaps work better for me. But mine's about 3 inches wide, so it has to have two, so it doesn't rotate around the one snap. You can probably get away with one here if it's tight enough.

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fungus amungus made it! (author)fungus amungus2010-11-24

True, two snaps are better. That way you avoid pivoting. Personally, I don't mind he pivot and allowed it to move with my wrist.

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Mad_Dog77 made it! (author)2010-09-22

Hi. First time poster, so please be nice hehe. Very nice idea indeed, i got a belt that i could use in such a way. I was wondering, i have snapped on metal skulls on my presently ruined leather bracelet. I'm unable to find em anywhere. I was wondering if there was a way to remove the lock-pin that's pushes in the hold to keep it in place. If some one knows if and how it can be done it would be appreciated. Thanks

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calicos made it! (author)calicos2010-11-21

Hi Mad Dog, I hope someone has sent you a response, otherwise, had you tried a shoe/purse repair shop? They may have some ideas to give you. Good luck and welcome to the site! You'll find most people here are very generous with their information and knowledge.

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Mad_Dog77 made it! (author)Mad_Dog772010-11-22

Not yet unfortunately. Another thing i would like to know is, when you buy a biker-styled leather biker with pressure bolted-on decorations -- you know, when you look under and find out you can't unscrew it -- if, when the leather is really done and litteraly thinning, is there a way to rebolt em on somehow? I think those are put on with a pressure bolting machine. I got this old bracelet and the "designer of it put lil pieces of thin leather linked together with metal hooking rings, but no
hooking hole, so the metal used up all the leather. The decorations are cool though, I'd hate to throw em away.

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Sehnsucht made it! (author)2008-06-07

Nicely done! I made my own wristbands out of an old belt that had seen more of the country than a lot of people. I didn't just want to throw it away, so I did exactly what you did here. Although instead of punching in a design, I used a woodburner to score in some words.

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kshadhavar made it! (author)kshadhavar2010-11-10

Great idea. I was looking at this and wondering if a woodburner would work for decorating it. Now I may just have to try it!

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TheRocket35 made it! (author)2008-07-18

I get a rash from the snaps do you know of a nether way to close the band with out metal.

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dumbluck13 made it! (author)dumbluck132010-10-21

Sometimes nail polish over the part that contacts your skin helps.

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buffard87 made it! (author)buffard872010-09-05

try getting a cufflink that is flat and put the snap part on the outside of the bracelet

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Dumnorix made it! (author)Dumnorix2010-05-11

Try adding lining, you can either glue it or sew it.

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inkstainedheart made it! (author)inkstainedheart2010-02-05

You could always bore two or three holes in each end of the leather and lace it with a cord.

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stuffman366 made it! (author)stuffman3662010-02-02

 put the leather in water. Next wrap it around a form the size of your wrist and hold it there with a plastic tack. Then microwave the whole thing for about 5-10 seconds. The leather will be hard and you can use it as one of those hard inflexible blanket

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stuffman366 made it! (author)stuffman3662010-02-02

 Bracelet sorry

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it! (author)oldanvilyoungsmith2010-01-14

drill several holes and tie it off with leather lace, made several this way, look awesome and work great.

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static made it! (author)static2009-02-21

Velcro?

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chiok made it! (author)chiok2008-07-18

I get this too, my watch is attached to a cuff similar to this and the poppers do react with my skin. An easy way is to either glue a thin section of nylon or polyester on the inside of the cuff where the metal is or sew it in, but you'll have to either use a big needle or pre-punch some holes.

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Very Keri made it! (author)Very Keri2008-08-13

You can coat the metal with clear nail polish, which you may need to reapply once in a while. You could also use something called Jewelers Skin Guard, it's a cousin of clear nail polish and more expensive, but it allows me to wear non-gold earrings without skin irritation.

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prototype2213 made it! (author)2010-06-25

Nice Instructable. I haven't been able to find clasps like yours yet, so I'm going to try magnets, leather lace or even a small belt buckle. Thanks for posting this. 5 stars.

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m.balasivakumar made it! (author)2010-02-02

Cool one

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Strype McClaine made it! (author)2008-08-11

I did this last weekend, and I'm very pleased with my results. To drill my holes with what I had at the time, I used a sharp screw, then widened the whole with a screwdriver light punch. The belt I had was very weathered so I only added a charm in the center of it I found in a craft store. The only thing that puzzles me, The corners on the belt are a bit sharp, even after I burned the edge, to make it match the color and smooth the rough area where I cut... What's a good way to smooth out the edges?

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Very Keri made it! (author)Very Keri2008-08-13

Have you tried sand paper? I haven't, but it's just a thought.

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Strype McClaine made it! (author)Strype McClaine2008-08-13

That was the first thing I tried, it roughed it out alot, maybe for the sharp corners to round it more out... Burning it seemed to smooth it out alot, but I still have the edges

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Strype McClaine made it! (author)Strype McClaine2009-09-28

Edit: The best thing that soothes it out, is time itself. Been wearing mine straight for about a year now. I scored the surface with straight knife cuts (out of boredom) and over time, it actually looks very nice now.

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JorisPalings made it! (author)2009-07-15
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jesse4015 made it! (author)2009-07-03

very awesome indeed.

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julenecakes made it! (author)2009-04-22

I really want to make one of these! Pure awesomeness!! I was thinking of lining mine with some kind of absorbent fabric for crazy sweaters like my boyfriend... Does anyone have any suggestions on how to attach the lining other than glue?

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Mr. Rig It made it! (author)2008-06-06

You used the Instructables laser cutter? That's cheating, I'm telling the boss!(runs down hall screaming in a whiney voice) LOL Nice use of materials and tools, good ible. Now if you would use the laser cutter to etch your own arm that would be really cool! Permanent tattoo scar.

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static made it! (author)static2009-02-21

If you hold still long enough a soldering iron will do the job and is less expensive than a laser cutter. A branding iron gets the job done faster. :)

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tahirhh made it! (author)2009-02-20

谢谢你,我最喜欢你的 "instructable" 这是很好。

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