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V and Co: how to: make a leather cuff from a belt


so about 2 and half years ago, i bought a leather cuff. i LOVE it. and i wear it to dress up with my jeans, or (when spring and summer rolls around) shorts.

not frilly like most bracelets, wearing these cuffs will make you feel like a rock star.

and you’ll be recycling any old leather belts you can get your hands on!

what you’ll need:

-some recycled worn belts. i went through my closet, asked my neighbors to go through their closets and then i went to goodwill.

all in all there are some pretty cool belts out there that can potentially become cool cuffs.

look for cool designs or painted belts

-leather snaps brass plates

-maxi punch set

 (these are the ones i used, and they seem to be priced the best. i physically bought my snaps at micheals, and my maxi punch set at hobby lobby. but these from amazon are the same that i got at the stores.)

-piece of wood big enough to protect your surface from any damage (mine is an old piece of scrap wood)

leather scissors

(i didn’t use them, i just used an older pair of scissors i didn’t mind dulling with the use of cutting through leather)

 lets get started:

-measure around your wrist with a belt while paying attention to the design of what will show on top of your cuff.

-cut your belt making sure there is some overlap (at least 11/2″) in the back of your cuff.

-mark with a pen or just eyeball where you want the outer snap to be placed. i placed mine 1/2″ from the outer edge and in the middle of my cuff.

– separate your 4 pieces of the snaps. there are two for the outer snap and two pieces for the inside snap. look at the diagram that comes with your snaps if you get confused.

-next i chose the smallest hole punch for this project. punch a hole using a hammer while your belt is on the piece of scrap wood.

-if you need to re measure where to place the inside snap, re-measure it by placing it around your wrist one more time and place a marking as to where to create the second hole.

-now that both holes have been made, grab your snaps and place the outer snap facing out. and place the second part of the snap on the inside.

-using a hammer and the little tool that comes with the snaps, hammer your snap in place.

-next to do your inside snap, place the flat side on the wrong side of your cuff (the inside of your cuff)

-and the snap part will be facing up towards you on the outer part of the cuff like the picture above.

-using the tool included with your snaps, hammer your snap into place.

you are done.

repeat on as many belts you can get your hands on.

oh and ahem…notice the new jeans?

yeah they make me feel like a million bucks. cost me a pretty penny, but when they make your butt look like it can bounce a quarter off of it (when in reality it SO wouldn’t) i’m willing to pay the almost $90 on sale for them.

i found them at buckle. and yes i felt old walking in there but who cares.

now go hogwild and get as many belts you can. there are some really cool ones out there. you just have to find them. 😉

we’ll talk soon.

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