Recycled Belt – Swirls Set Jewelry

Recycled Belt – Swirls Set Jewelry

This free jewelry making craft project shows you how to recycle leather belts into interesting and custom jewelry pieces.

What you need

Recycled Leather Belt
Earring Findings
Scissors or Sharp Blade
Hole Punch
Needle Nose Pliers
20 Gauge wire
Leather Strapping


This project uses a recycled textured belt check thrift stores for interesting designs and belt styles.

Cut 1 inch length of a belt which already has stitching along the edge. The belt was 3/4 inch wide. Therefore for the earrings, simple cut two pieces about 1/3 inch wide, and the original width of the belt now become the length of the earrings.

Using a small finish nail, and a hammer, punch holes in the tops of the two pieces for the earrings, and in the top of the piece for a pendant.

Nip the two top corners off of the pendant piece with scissors or a razor knife.

Using needle-nose pliers, cut a piece of 20 gauge wire 1′ long.

Form a loop in one end, and then form a loop at the other end, going in the other direction to make a figure 8.

Pass one loop of each wire into the pendant, and the earrings.

Use the other loop to hang the earrings from ear wires, and for the cord of the pendant.

All done!


Looking for more ways to make recycled jewellery?

Everyone knows that a spring clean once in a while is absolutely necessary in order to remove the months and months of accumulated clutter that has manifested itself around your house. But did you know that you can make funky, cute and elegant jewelry from some of the things that you would normally throw away?

Plastic bottle bracelet

Step 1: Cut a wide horizontal strip from the plastic bottle, the width you choose should depend on how wide you want the finished cuff to be. You may need to cut the plastic to a different length, depending on how wide/narrow your wrist is.

Step 2: Lay your fabric flat out on the table and lay the plastic on top of it, make sure it is as flat as it can get, mark the top and bottom corners, move the plastic so that the bottom corners are aligned with the top corner markings on the fabric, this will make sure the fabric covers the inside of the plastic. You will need to add at least an inch of fabric to the ends to make sure it covers the ends. Return the plastic to its original position so it does not lose its shape.

Step 3: Pierce a hole in each end of the plastic using the scissors, thread one piece of ribbon through each end and tie a knot behind the plastic to prevent it slipping through.

Step 4: Cut the fabric out, cover the inside of the plastic with glue and fold it over the plastic so that it covers it completely, don’t worry if you cover some of the ribbon, allow to dry. Place on the wrist and tie up using the ribbon, Voila! You have a cute fabric cuff, you can even add gems or sequins or even another thinner layer of fabric!

Coloured pencil necklace

You can make unique jewellery from so many different things, but a coloured pencil necklace or bracelet is guaranteed to liven up any outfit.

You will need:

Coloured pencils (the number of pencils will depend on the size necklace or bracelet you want)
Small drill
Elastic or string
Fastenings (for necklace)
Serrated knife or a small handsaw.
Jump rings


Step 1: Measure the pencil and cut into equal lengths.

Step 2: Carefully drill a hole in the centre of each section. Step 3: Thread your leather strapping string or elastic through.

Step 4: Tie a knot to fasten the string or elastic. You may want to cover the knot with a small amount of glue or nail polish to stop it from slipping.

Repeat steps 1, 2 and 3.

Thread the elastic or thread through the fastening, tie a knot in the end and pull it down so that the knot is less visible.

Tie the other end of the thread or elastic to the jump ring and attach the ring to the clasp with the pliers.

Cardboard Earrings:

Step 1. Find some clean, thin cardboard, smooth cardboard works best, but you can use any type, draw the shapes you want on it.

Step 2. Cut the shapes out.

Step 3. Using a needle, pierce a hole where the ear wire will be.

Step 4. Paint the shapes using poster, acrylic or nail polish. Finish with a clear sealant to protect the colour. If you want to create a unique bubbled effect, simply out the earrings onto a baking tray covered with tin foil and put them into a preheated oven at around 200 degrees for about 5 minutes.

Step 5. Add the jump rings (if necessary) and ear wires.


  1. made earrings 6 years ago from my moms belt. they were very pretty and unique:) love recycling!

  2. Great idea!

  3. I’m a recycling nut. This was such a cool idea. I’m looking forward to seeing more ideas recycling belts.

  4. This is one of the best uses of an old belt I have seen in the recycled craft world.

  5. What a fab idea

  6. pink_monkey says

    I love this idea… wanna Adopt these ideas into my designs!

  7. This would also be excellent with beads hanging from borrom of pieces!

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