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2X4: Four Ways to Upcycle Leather Belts

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Jessica
05.09.13

Do you have an old leather belt that has seen better days? Give that shabby or frayed accessory a new life! Belts can do more than prevent plumber’s crack – they’re great at holding back curtains, protecting countertops and more. Here are four of our favorite ideas:

Photo 2:  Poppytalk

Throw Pillow Accessory. Living room looking a little dull these days? Instead of spending money on new pillows or splurging on a couch upgrade, grab a belt! Tie the belt around a throw pillow (the same way you’d wrap it around your waist) and buckle it up. The leather and metal will give your couch a fresh, modern look. Note: Be careful when you sit back! We suggest flipping the pillow “buckle-side down” before starting an afternoon nap.

Hang Planters. If you’re willing to get a little crafty, you can upgrade the look of a planter (this works for a glass jar or a pot) by adding a strap made from two old leather belts. For this project, you’ll need a pot or jar, two belts and an awl or ice pick. For detailed instructions, check out this step-by-step by Poppytalk. When done, hang your creation in a bath, the kitchen or your yard! Note: We only recommend adding this strap to a small- or medium-sized planter. Too much weight will put a lot of stress on the strap and possibly break it! 

Photos: Krrb / House of Earnest

Door Mat. A unique welcome mat is an easy way to make a great first impression on guests. If yours is a little lackluster (or nonexistent) make one out of old belts! First, gather up around 10 belts (if you don’t have that many, check your local thrift store). Then cut off the buckles and lay them side-by-side. Using a large needle, sew the strips together until they form a rectangular mat. You don’t have to pull a Betsy Ross here – you just need enough stitches to hold the belt pieces together.

Curtain Tie. Drawn curtains are great if you’re trying to watch a movie or catch some Zs, but otherwise curtains look best pulled back! Reap the benefits of sunshine and add some style to your windows by making these leather belt curtain ties from House of Earnest. All you need (in addition to a belt) are screws, glue, scissors and paint. Tip: The more your belt was worn, the less it will bleed onto your curtains. We don’t suggest a brand-new belt for this project!

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