Just like your belt supports your pants, your dad supports you every day. What better way to show him some love this Father’s Day than by making him a DIY leather belt? This DIY is actually less intimidating than it sounds, AND you can get all of the supplies off Amazon Prime. Total win! Follow along below to blow Dad away with your leatherworking skills this Father’s Day.
Materials and Tools:
- leather strip
- leather stain
- belt buckle
- leather punch
- leather scissors
- measuring tape
- foam brush
First thing on your list is to find out your dad’s belt size. I made this belt for my coworker, Alan from Marketing, to wear — he is a belt size 30. Add about eight inches to the belt size. This will give you enough room to secure the belt buckle and ample room for different belt holes. Round out the end of the belt and add four holes, every 1.5 inches.
Grab your X-ACTO and carve away the side of the belt without the holes. The goal is to make the leather thinner so it’s easier to fold over and attach to the belt buckle. This motion is the same as skinning a carrot.
Use your leather punch on the largest setting to create a chain of five holes. You should be able to slide the rod through the hole and wrap around the base of the buckle.
Time to stain this leather. Leather dyes are pretty cool — they dry fairly quickly.
Fold the leather over the belt buckle and mark the area that the leather meets. Make four holes with the leather puncher on the lowest setting.
Slide the rivets into the front and back section of the belt and then hammer together.
DIY belt FTW! If you’re really looking to go above and beyond, try making two — one brown and one black.
He’s sure to belt out how much he loves your thoughtful gift. Dad joke! :)
DIY Production and Styling: Kelly Bryden
Photography: Brittany Griffin
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