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How To Make a Braided Belt

Recycle old belt buckles with this stylish, homemade braided belt.


  • Step 1: Find an old belt buckle to make the belt with, and gather cord, yarn, or leather strips.
  • TIP: Be green and thrifty by visiting a secondhand store to gather your belt buckle and belt materials.
  • Step 2: Double one strip and place the loop under the bar on the back of the belt buckle. Thread both ends of the strip through the loop and pull them tight to make a knot.
  • Step 3: Repeat with more strips along the bar until you have reached your desired belt width.
  • TIP: Use different colored and textured strips.
  • Step 4: Take the middle two strips and place the right middle strip over the left.
  • Step 5: Repeat with the two strips to the left of the middle strips.
  • Step 6: Repeat with the two strips to the right of the middle strips.
  • Step 7: Take the first strip from the left and place over the second, under the third, and over the fourth until you have reached the middle strips.
  • Step 8: Take the first strip from the right and place it over the first strip to the left, under, over, under toward the middle.
  • TIP: Pull on the strips as you go to keep them tight.
  • Step 9: Continue braiding and tightening until you have finished the length of the belt. Sew a zigzag stitch across the braid, cut off the ends, and show off your new homemade belt.
  • FACT: Historically, African cultures have use intricate hair braids to express social and cultural identity.

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