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Recycled Belt Leather Bracelets

By: Barbara Matthiessen for Earth Safe Finishes

Recycle thrift store or old belts into fun and funky bracelets. You can make 3, 4 or even 5 bracelets from a single belt and give them all different personalities with earth friendly paints, chains and beads. Why not make a batch of these for gifts or to coordinate with every outfit you own?

Bracelets Made from Recycled Belts


  • Leather or leather like belt
  • Opaque Shimmers from Earth Safe Finishes in your choice of colors
  • Toggle or hook clasp
  • 1” chain or 22 GA wire to match clasp
  • Strong scissors or leather shears
  • Leather/belt hole punch
  • Paintbrushes, liner for details
  • Jewelry making tools, pliers and wire cutters

Optional extras:

  • Additional chain
  • Beads
  • Metal tags
  • Kevlar thread or wire to attach the above


1. Cut your belt section 1”-1 ½” shorter than your normal bracelet size depending on how loose or tight you like to wear them. (Don’t worry about the existing belt holes you can either ignore them or bead through them later.) Trim corners round, on a diagonal or leave straight.

Recycled Belt Bracelets Step 1


2. Punch holes on both ends about 1/8” in.


Recycled Belt Bracelets Step 2   Hole Punch Close Up
3. Paint your belt using Shimmers and your choice of colors. Some are a random splash of colors, some use the existing embossed pattern and some are freeform patterns. You may also choose to use a stencil or rubber stamp to create your image. Allow the paint to dry.

4. Attach your closure with jump rings or a combination of chain, jump rings or wire. The following photos show how easy it is to use what findings you have on hand. If you are using a toggle make sure to add in some small chain on the bar end to make it easier to attach the bracelet.

Recycled Belt Bracelet Closure  Recycled Belt Closure 2

5. Embellish more if you like!
Stitch on beads, charms, buttons or trinkets using Kevlar thread. Knot on the back then dot each knot with a dab of glue when you are done.

Recycled Belt Bracelet Embellishment  Embellished Recycled Belt Bracelet

Wire on tags by using a flat bead with a head pin run through it on the underside. Wrap the ends of the head pins around holes in the tag, secure with more wraps then trim the ends.

Live out Loud Recycled Belt Bracelet

Add sections of chain by attaching chain ends to jump rings on each end.

There are a million and one ways to make this bracelet so try it out today!


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The designs here are great I will have a go at making them I just hope some of them are not to difficult to do Keep up the great jewellery ideas please

great idea i hope i can manage to do these

I have done this, it works great and in addition you can get at least two or three bracelets for like a buck or two!

If you will use real Leatherbelts, you could also use a Solderingiron and your favorit and custom Design in it! I like the Idea!

this is something I would do with my granddaughters, love the idea.

Hi, I would like to know where I can buy this Opaque paint for leather. I tried Michael's Crafts store & they don't have it. Patricia

Well this is August 14th and you put the belt braclets back on your site. Still no pictures. I've got all the equipment for th braclets but no pictures to go with the instructions. Whats the problem? Tollie Smith

I would love to do this craft and i'm sure I could do it, but I would also love to have the pictures that go along with the directions. thanks Tollie Smith

The best directions I've seen. The pictures really make a difference.

I absolutely love this idea!!! One of my favorite hobbies is turning what some may think as trash into a treasure. This one is definitely a TREASURE!! Thanks Again, Donna


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