August 12, 2013

DIY: gold plated metal studded belt

Hello!  I feel like I've been behind on this blog game due to traveling, full time job, part time job, working on projects, working on my fitness and basically LIFE.  My apologies, but don't fret, I'm back and trying my best to balance all of this and slowly but surely will be revealing the projects and collaborations we've been working on!    

I don't know about you, but I am a belt lover!  I have a clear storage box in my closet full of over 50 different kinds of belts (fabric belts, metals belts, leather belts, OH MY!) for every outfit and occasion.  As I've mentioned before in our previous DIY peplum ostrich feather belt post, belts are figure flattering, fun and flirty! It just creates dimension and has waist-whittling effect at the same time.  However, as opposed to the ostrich feather one I made, this ONE is a bit less feminine with the metal plates, spiky studs and all.  Doesn't make it any less fun!  You can style it with a more floral feminine dress or the way I did here with a casual short/tshirt combo.  Read below how to get your CHAMPION status on and make your own heavy weight  belt! 

  • brass plate- I bought a k&s engineering bendable brass plate from my local art store. 
  • 1 in satin ribbon- I bought 2 yards from local fabric store. 
  • E6000 glue- I always have this glue in my craft box. 
  • flat back gold studs - I bought a bag of a 100 of these a long time ago for other projects.
  • scissors  


1.   First you want to wrap the ribbon around your waist and tie a bow in the back.  It should feel snug but comfortable.  Then, trim the excess ribbon with scissors.  Then, lay the brass plate in the middle of the ribbon (as pictured in step 1).  After you measured it to what you think is the middle, mark it off.  I just placed two studs at either side to mark my place.

2.   Apply a thin but sufficient layer of E6000 glue to the back of the brass plate and then press the plate onto the ribbon where you marked it off.  Press firmly until the glue starts to dry.

3.   Lay the studs on the plate to see where you want to glue them.  After playing around with the placement and you come to your final decision, mark the placement with a small dot with a pen.  Then apply glue to the back of the studs and lay them where you marked them off and press firmly and allow to dry before picking up the belt.

4.  Finally, for a finished touch, I added studs to the end of the belt so when you tie it in the back, the bow will have also have a studded look.  And voila! Wait about 30 minutes for the glue to dry before you start styling with an outfit.

Tip:  you may not get through airport security in this so maybe not the best travel belt :(  Other than that, happy metal plating!  

Skort: Choies // Shirt: Brandy Melville // Belt:  DIY // Bag:  Saint Laurent // Watch:  Michael Kors // Bracelets: Vietnamese gold, H&M cuff, Hermes and DIY black beaded M intial bracelet // Shoes:  Chanel Espradilles (sold out) // Sunglasses:  Carerra Racing // Photographed by:  Doah Kim 

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