I found an old ribbon cable in a computer I was taking apart, and it was the perfect length for a belt. Show off your nerd cred in a stylish way with this ribbon cable belt!
Step 1: Parts and Tools
- Ribbon cable. The more colorful, the better; it should be at least eight inches bigger than your waistline. It's better if it's longer, as you can always trim it later. Most of the newer computers I've dug around in have boring, gray cables, so try looking in old computers from the 90s.
- Wire loops. I used two pieces of speaker cable. Ideally, they should be around four inches in length.
- Electrical tape. For reinforcement.
- Iron. A quick run through will help stick the wires together, as well as flatten out the cable a bit.
- Glue gun.
- Pliers, scissors.
Step 2: Cleaning and Ironing
Run the length of cable down with a wet paper towel, as old computers can be pretty dusty. Figure out which side of your belt will be facing inwards, and iron it out on that side. The cables will melt a bit (don't leave the iron on for too long) and they might also flake, so be careful.
Step 3: Belt Loops
Loop the wires, and place them on the side of your cable that will hold the belt loops. This will be a cinch belt, so there won't be any holes. I decided to make the loops on the same side of the cable that had a plastic holder on it. Heat up the hot glue gun, and fold over the ribbon cable, gluing it down in the process. You can use a knife the remove the excess glue, if you want.
Step 4: Reinforcement
With electrical tape, loop it over the part you glued. Make sure to stretch it and get it as tight as possible. I did two loops, putting the seam on the side that won't show. Then I added an extra piece for additional reinforcement.
Step 5: Finishing
Using your waist as a guide, clip the wire to the appropriate length. You want about four to six inches of extra cable. Fold over the end in the same alignment as show in the photo below, so when you actually put the belt on you won't see the cut end. The end result is strong, and extremely stylish. Voila! Ribbon cable belt.