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Belts, like shoes, can make or break an outfit. In the right context, worn leather belts can look rugged and cool. And in the wrong context? Downright shabby. But did you know you can turn shabby old belts into something shabby chic for your home? Take a peek at these leather belt crafts, then get ready to buckle down and make a few for yourself.

Make a shelf with old belts. Find out how on HGTV's Design Happens blog...


I love the look of this belt shelf from Design*Sponge. The way the belts loop around the wood reminds me of old-fashioned book straps. Charming, no?

Give a throw pillow a makeover with a belt! Learn more on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

This next idea is so easy, you could finish it in the time it takes you to read this sentence! Make like Laura of Finding Home and give a throw pillow a makeover by putting a belt on it. Done and done.

Embellish a frame with an old leather belt! See how on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

Give old snapshots or postcards a rustic touch by embellishing the frame with bits of belt, as seen on Design*Sponge. (Perfect for pics of your dad or grandpappy.)

Make drawer pulls from old belts! See how on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

If you don’t like the hardware on your latest Craigslist score, that’s a simple fix. Swap past-their-prime drawer pulls for chic swatches of leather belt. Get the DIY deets from Bunches of Joy.

Dress up a vase with old belts! See how on HGTV's Design Happens blog...

This belt-wrapped vase for blooms that I spotted on Garden & Gun is a compelling mix of masculine and feminine elements. I’m getting a bit of an equestrian vibe from this, you?

Which leather belt craft made you want to raid your closet? And is there a household item you’d like to see featured in this column? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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8 Responses

  1. Maggie says:

    Love the belt-wrapped vase.

  2. Marilyn says:

    Just put two belts on our little library/guest room pillows. Look great! Thanks!

  3. Marsha says:

    Looking at trying my hand at the shelf. Very interesting

  4. Janet says:

    I've been wanting to cover the tops of our bar stools & now I have the perfect addition around the edges. Thank you for the inspiration!

  5. Jan says:

    Janet, I've been looking to do something besides fabric to the top of my bar stools. Was going to add metal studs. But you've turned the lightbulb on to simple measure the length I need and either raid my husband's closet or take a trip to the thrift store. Thanks for the idea!

  6. Mike K says:

    The beltsuspenders to hold the shelf is witty

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    about what you’ve got to say. In my opinion, it would make your posts a little livelier.

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...

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