Belts are something that trend in and out of style like crazy. One year a belt is the perfect accessory, the next year your belt is worn high up instead of around your hips, and then next they’re out of style all together! The weird part, however, is that they’re also a classic staple at the same time. Everyone we know, ourselves included, owns at least one good belt they can wear with the right pants for just the perfect look and fit. So, if you’ve got a set of trendy belts that you don’t wear anymore and don’t think you’ll wear again, or perhaps a classic belt that you’ve worn for so many years that it just can’t be worn a single day longer, what should you do with them? Donation is always a great plan, but if you ask us, crafting is one of the best options around as well!
Check out these 15 DIY belt projects that will help you upcycle or find awesome alternative uses for all of your old and unworn belts.
1. Stacked book purse with a leather strap
Did you ever watch Little House on The Prairie when you were a child? We sure did, and we remember stacking our reading books on top of each other and cinching them together with a belt so we could pretend we were going to school in a one room schoolhouse with Laura Ingalls and Nellie Olsen. This DIY belt project from Steam Fashion harnesses that old fashioned school tradition as a contemporary accessory by hollowing out the books and turning the whole thing into a purse! Your old leather belt will make the perfect strap so you can pay homage to your childhood book hero while you run your errands.
2. Adjustable leather belt bookshelf
A purse isn’t the only thing you can make using belts and books! We’re absolutely infatuated with the idea of making an adjustable bookshelf using just a few leather belts and your books themselves. Talk about an affordable storage solution that literally creates you a shelf where you don’t have one to use! Find the full tutorial for making your own on Poppytalk.
3. Leather belt drawer handles
Do you have a rustic looking old desk that you’ve been meaning to make over but something about the handles just throws the whole aesthetic of the piece off? Then grab an old leather belt and replace the handles with leather stripes instead! This project from Improvised Life will help you repurpose two things at once and, as DIY enthusiasts who love to upcycle, we can’t think of many things that are cooler than that.
4. Drawer and leather belt box shelf
Are you still thinking about how cool the idea of hanging things from your walls using leather is but you’re not quite settled on any of the ideas we’ve shown you so far? Then here’s another one for your consideration! Clones n’ Clowns used an old wooden crate, gave it a new paint job, and attached a leather belt to make an awesome shelf! It’s perfect for the front hallway to put sunglasses, keys, and a change jar on.