As I was sifting through my otherworldly vintage collection attempting to put a good chunk into a charity pile, I came across a bunch of old belts that I would probably never wear again. That’s when the thrifty devil on my shoulder whispered in my ear, “Whitney, you must save those buckles.” Just when I was trying to get rid of clutter! I had no idea what I would use them for, but I knew I couldn’t throw out such killer buckles; The straps however, had to go. When I finally decided to try to make a cuff, my goal was to use only belt parts to do the job. And here’s how to do it:
Step 1: Grab one good belt and cut off some buckles (If you don’t have enough, visit your local thrift store.)
Step 2: Leave one buckle intact. This will be your closure.
Step 3: Wrap the belt midway up your forearm and cut off the excess. You will need enough to overlap the ends a bit.
Step 4: Place the other buckles through the leftover holes.
Step 5: Secure the buckles with a needle and thread (works best with vinyl or cloth belts). If sewing doesn’t work, try using the excess belt strap as an inside layer, securing with Gorilla Glue (it will remain malleable enough to bend around your wrist).
Step 6: Overlap the ends and secure both ends with needle and thread.
Voila! A statement cuff for almost zero dollars! For a more elegant look, try a thin belt with dainty buckles, or mix colorful buckles with a floral belt for a fun summery look.
By Whitney S. Williams
Photos by Whitney