Don’t you just love that feeling when you get together with your friends to share an activity that you all enjoy? Today is our reduce, reuse, REFASHION time where I share with you my latest upcycling fun. For my project, I’ve chosen to show you how to take upcycled belts and turn them into home decor.
Maybe that piques your attention and maybe you also think, “no way.” haha. Either way, let’s have some crafty fun! I’ve written all the steps out for you here, but also provide a video tutorial below for your viewing pleasure too.
I don’t know about you, but when I head to the thrift store, I don’t just shop for myself. Being a mama to 6 and needing items for my family of 8, we also look in each section as the needs arise. It is no surprise that when I head to the ladies section there is always a bounty of shoes, purses, scarves, and belts. Accessories for the win!
So I began to ponder that an assumption could be made that often times maybe an overabundance of belts deems them trash-worthy. That would be sad, wouldn’t it? It was then I said to my crafty ol’ self that it was time to whip up something to make use of this plentiful stash. And I know I’m not the only one who has kids that outgrow their belts, or even have damaged belts myself, right?
TIME TO FIND A MATCH
Right after that I took a spin around the rest of the thrift store. My eyes feasted on this virtual goldmine.
GLASS. Oodles of it! I’ve mentioned before how many will overlook this section (probably because it looks like under a typical kitchen sink…pffft). However, there is fun potential. In older project posts, I’ve shown how I’ve made use of it HERE – take a peek to see.
I took a quick scan of the assortment as I approached. My eyes fell adoringly onto a box of canning jars on the floor. The adorable half pint jars are what caught my fancy first. Then, I loved the square shape of the larger ones. This sealed the deal that this would be my subject for my upcycled belts project.
LETS GET THE FUN STARTED
To get my upcycled belts projects started, I picked out a few that were either made of leather or rope (both are my preferred style for the first project). Or have a fun color combo (for my second project). For my first demonstration, I chose to use the leather and rope versions. This one in particular had damage and would be perfect for what I had in mind.
As I demonstrate in the video, I wrap the belt around the threaded top of the jar to size it to fit tight. Then, I cut off the excess belt. Because I want the belt to be snug, I mark where the buckle pin would need to go through. Mark the spot, and then either use an awl or a tool like this Crop-A-Dile to make new holes. I just love this handy thing! It is one of the gifts JC actually picked out on his own and did good! I’m not your typical bouquet of roses kinda gal.
Now that my mini belt is ready to go, I buckle it around my jar. I use the remnant piece of belt to create a handle and cut it to length.
To mark where to attach it to the mini belt, then remove it from the jar and hand-stitch the handle on. I used upholstery thread, but you could also use embroidery floss, yarn, jute, etc. note: you could also use the belt excess to go around the bottom of the jar to create a holder if you want a more stable hanging sort of jar.
Next, I use my hot glue gun and glue stick to put a heavy bead around the threaded top of the canning jar and put my leather holder on it it. Again, the video shows this best.
FIRST PROJECT REVEAL
Now my first upcycled belts project is finished. woot! I’m happy to say that it came out as I’d planned and even cuter than I hoped.
Aren’t they fun? I can’t decide if I like the solid leather, the rope leather, or the rope belts best. I say they look awesome paired together.
TIME FOR PROJECT #2
For this next DIY upcycled jar project I am using 3 of the pint sized jars. I placed a large bead of E6000 adhesive glue between them, then held in place with rubber bands overnight.
Then, once the glue has cured, I clean them up with a bit of rubbing alcohol. This will remove any residue or grime and promote adhesion of the paint I’m about to use.
TIME FOR PAINT
Next, I used my paint brush to apply 2 coats of a white paint, letting cure in between. You could use any color you like, of course, but my goal was to stick to a color that would showcase my belts.
Last, I simply wrap my selection of belts that I shortened around the jars in a fun design. Notice the patterned one I used my Crop-O-Dile to add grommets just like the original belt had. I repeat… I love that tool!
SO MUCH FUN
This was such fun with this, can you tell? That old garage box I pulled out of the trash, the paper towel holder make for great twine storage. Plus, the feed sacks I purchase for a dollar at a local flea market, and the license plate belonged to my husband’s namesake, his great-grandfather. No need to break the budget on decorating, right?
I hope you are inspired to grab your in-house supplies and create your home decor. It is so enjoyable for me to share and also hear feedback from you. So…I have to ask…which project is your favorite?
For me, I love them both for different reasons. And, I think I’m slightly smitten with all things belts. hee hee. You might have to fight me for the leather ones at the thrift store.
I invite you to pin and share my upcycled belt creations to inspire others to reduce the waste footprint on our society and create beautiful decor for their home. It’s fun!
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