Cool Belts for Free!

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Intro: Cool Belts for Free!

Belts are expensive and I never seem to be able to find a nice one in the stores, but lately I've been "finding" lots of belts for free! :) Depending on your sense of style, this can give you some nice belts...

Step 1: What You Need

- A bag (preferable one that is unusable or that you're gonna throw out)
- pants that need a belt
- imagination :)

Step 2: Make Your Belt!

When one of the straps of a bag I used regularly broke (luckily I had two of the same bags), I figured I might as well use it as a belt. The strap itself was intact but one of the clips broke, leaving just an empty ring to put the other clip on. With simply adjusting the strap to fit around my waist I had a belt. :) For extra coolness, this one even had a nice decorative shoulder pad-thingy!
Some people have asked me if it wasn't a hassle with the clips, but it's much easier than a normal belt, since it has one fixed length and all you have to do is clip it on.

Step 3: Improvise

Not every strap is instantly usable as a belt obviously. The one from step 2 had one broken clip, otherwise I had to saw it off or something to use it as a belt. I have 2 other belts, which I got from some old laptop bags we were throwing out at work (IT helpdesk).
One of them (from a leather bag) was instantly usable by just letting the clips grasp each other. The other one had two clips that didn't fit together. My colleague was nice enough to bring a ring from his curtains for me, so with that I had another belt!

I don't know for what sizes this works, since I have a very small size. Part of the belt is doubled up for me though, so I'm hoping this works for more people (in case there are people with an equally weird sense of style who are willing to walk around in this :P).

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    8 Discussions

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    SandLizard

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Fantastic. I need a new belt, now I have one. Just have to clean it up. Grabbed the strap from an old bag with messed up zipper. Clipping the end clips together puts a twist in it so I added a simple keyring between. Works great. Thanks for the idea

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    gfella

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Wow. Simple, yet stylish. intriguing mixture of handiness and retro-ness

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    Wafflicious

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Pretty cool! I don't think it would be as much of a guys belt but still good idea!

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    Hockeyhero4

    10 years ago on Introduction

    nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)-l-< I never thought of ways u could be so eco friendly. This is a great way u could make some money too.

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    SWV1787

    10 years ago on Introduction

    i would prefer a double d-ring buckle but nice idea and nice instructable

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    gmjhowe

    10 years ago on Introduction

    very nice, make the most! great at the last minute if u cant find a belt, and more comfortable than string