Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Buckle Up!

You can really dress up a simple pair of jeans with a beautiful belt buckle. And, the best way to have a unique belt buckle is to make it yourself! Here is an easy way to create your own...
Here's what you'll need...

Blank Belt Buckle- If your craft store doesn't carry these, you can find them online.
Dictionary- I found this old one at the Goodwill.
Rubber stamp & ink.
Seed beads.
Charms or other embellishments.
Diamond Glaze- Mod Podge would probably work.
E6000 glue.

Start by picking out a word in the dictionary that goes along with the theme of your buckle. Since my embellishment had a compass on it, I chose the word, "direction." Lay your buckle down, positioning the word where you would like it placed and trace around the buckle.
Cut out the section that you traced around. Keep trimming the paper until it fits inside the buckle.
Using a rubber stamp, add a little design around the edges of the paper.

Cover the blank buckle with Diamond Glaze, add the paper, and then coat the top of the paper with Diamond Glaze.

Once dry, add more Diamond Glaze to the areas where you'd like the seed beads. Add the beads and then add a little of the Diamond Glaze on top of the beads for security.
Use E6000 to glue on the embellishment and your finished!

For this belt buckle, I skipped the step of adding a stamped design to the edges of the paper. I simply added the paper, beads, and a cross charm...
I even added some of the beads to the cross!

For this last buckle, I cut out the paper, stamped it with a bird design, and added color to the design with markers. It doesn't get any easier than that!!!

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  1. Oh, I love these! Thanks so much for sharing this idea. I am your newest follower--loving your creative blog.

  2. These are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

  3. Amazing!! I never would have thought I could make a belt buckle, now I'm gonna give it a whirl! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh my gosh! I can't begin to tell you how much I love this! I can't wait to try something similar and I was unaware of Diamond Glaze Modge Podge! Thanks so much!

  5. that looks adorable! Thanks for the tutorial too! I would love for you to come link up next Tuesday to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. www.ladybug-blessings.com


  6. These are beautiful! Real art!!!

  7. I LOVE the bird one!! They are all so pretty and creative. Thank you for sharing at Link It Up Thursday.

  8. Love these so much! They're so unique! Thanks for sharing at Sassagras Salvation!

  9. Oh my goodness!!! These are LOVELY!!!! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays! SOMEBODY has a FEATURE!!! Check it out here: http://www.trulylovelyblog.com/2012/01/fancy-this-features-60.html

  10. Those buckles are amazing! I think I love the cross one best!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us at WIW, we love partying with you! See you Wednesday!

  11. These look great and you make it look simple. Thanks for linking up with "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We loved having you and hope you'll be back next Saturday to share more terrific ideas! -The Sisters

  12. Very cool! I've never even thought of making my own buckles.

  13. Thanks for sharing at Make it yourself mondays. I love these! I never would've thought about making my own buckles before. I wonder what I could dream up for my hubby with this project???

  14. you always have so creative projects, Virginia! thanks for sharing this fab idea with us!


  15. These are stunning! I have seen some gorgeous belts in catalogs such as Boston Proper, but have never thought to try to make one. Now you have given me the courage to try, thanks!!!


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