Picture of braided leather bracelet DIY
I will show you how to make a simple,yet beautiful braided bracelet from an old belt without using any special tools,just some you can find at home or almost any local store.Here is what it should look like when we are done.
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So to get started here`s what you`ll need:
An old leather belt,a sharp knife and a short piece of rope.

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First cut the belt as shown in the picture above.About 9 inches (23cm) in length and about 8/10 of an inch (2cm) in width.The bottom picture is showing what you should get.

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Next cut the strip lengthwise twice  about 1/2 an inch (1,2cm) from the top going all the way through,dividing the strip into 3 equal bands .

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Now you are ready to start braiding.First separate the bands.Then Take the LEFT one and put it OVER the MIDDLE one.So the left one is now the middle one and middle one is the left one.Then take the RIGHT one and put it OVER the MIDDLE one.The bottom picture is showing what you should get.

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Now just keep going: LEFT OVER MIDDLE, RIGHT OVER MIDDLE.......until you reach the end.
When you reach the end tie a strong knot with a piece of rope.

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Then tie a second knot about an inch (2,5cm)  away from the first one.This is the first part of your closing mechanism.

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At the other end cut a small triangular hole so that the second knot will fit through tightly.This is the second part of your closing mechanism.Almost there:)

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Now just put the string and the second knot through the hole you`we  just made and you are done!
libbyw191 year ago
This is mine
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schpeglar (author)  libbyw191 year ago

wow cool !! Looks great, better than mine :)

clubber1 year ago
cool! i have an old leather belt and now i know what to do with it:)
I once had a bracelet like this one, but the strip was intact on both ends. I tried for the longest time to figure out how it was done. Finally, i figured it out! one end is twisted and inserted through the strands to make the braid without fully cutting one end into the strips.
schpeglar (author)  clewisperry1 year ago
You're right. It can be done with both ends intact, but if you do it in that manner the braid isn't so tight.
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
beautiful :p
schpeglar (author)  sabu.dawdy2 years ago
thank you :)
Ingenious and simple :-)
eMaspleiS2 years ago
Very nice! Now I can reuse some of my old belts! Thanks again :)
schpeglar (author)  eMaspleiS2 years ago
You`re very welcome,I`m glad you like it
Beautiful! nice instructions :)
schpeglar (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz2 years ago
CementTruck2 years ago
Awesome photos.

You can do this without cutting the ends though - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7_fwVpsxBs
schpeglar (author)  CementTruck2 years ago
That`s true but you can`t braid it so thight that way
I didn't think about that. I was just musing to myself that this braid looked so neat and tight.