This belt was originally inspired by the Anthropologie Boutonniere Belt. I did not really like how they used rope on the belt so I decided to use a natural untreated leather to form the belt itself.
I found the red leather for this belt at a local flea market run by Palo Alto High School’s Music Booster Club. It was rather dry and thus would not be a good candidate for a larger project like a handbag so I chose it to make this small flower. The leather strip is from Tandy Leather Factory. In the past I have stopped by this wonderful shop fairly often and have made friends with the nice Harley-Davidson riding fellow who works there. Usually you have to buy leather scraps (such as the untreated leather strip) by the pound, but he let me have some strips for free since they had quite a few extra. Score! They have such a great variety of unique leathers and often have a great sale.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make this belt:
-Leather for the flower
-Leather Strip for the belt itself
-2 sets of snaps
-Snap setting kit
-Leather Hole Puncher
-Hot Glue Gun
Here’s how you do it:
1) Make your flower using Abigail’s tutorial
2) Measure your waist or the waist of who you are going to gift it to and mark where you want your snaps to be (I marked for three snaps but only ended up setting two).
3) Cut the holes out for where the snaps go and set in your snaps using your snap setting kit.
4) Cut a small strip of leather to use as a loop to connect the flower. Glue it into a loop and glue the flower to it. I did NOT glue the strip itself to the belt so that I could remove the flower if I wanted to use it for something else later (like a headband, brooch, etc.). The loop can glide on and off of the belt and is kept in place between the two snaps when worn.
5) Snap it on your waist and enjoy!