DIY Friday: Elastic Belt W/ Rhinestones, Black Widow Edition

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I’m sure a lot of the ladies reading our blog enjoy cosplaying, or have friends who do, and today’s DIY is right up their alley! It’s the idea that some parts of your costume can easily be adapted or altered to make great accessories for an everyday or special occasion outfit. The possibilities are endless!

Today’s DIY is a very short and straightforward tutorial. In fact, I’m pretty sure from the pictures alone you can figure it out! But the purpose of today’s tutorial is really just to inspire and spark ideas for those that might not have thought of this kind of thing before.

A friend of mine had a few Black Widow resin cast buckles lying around and, while I had no interest in making a Black Widow costume, I was immediately interested in using the buckles for a belt accessory that I could use to add a bit of fun to my wardrobe. He let me swipe a few and I immediately set to work gathering the rest of my supplies.

Supplies Needed:

  • Buckle
  • Crystals
  • Glue
  • Tweezers
  • Snaps
  • Elastic
  • Needles/Thread/Sewing Machine

Those following our blog might notice that Lindz and I use rhinestones for a lot of our craft projects. For those of you local to the Los Angeles Fashion District, I would highly recommend swinging by the bead stores down there to buy rhinestones in bulk. I was able to buy 100 Swarovski rhinestones for less than what it cost to buy 30 or 40 of them at Michael’s. If you enjoy adding sparkle to your projects as much as I do, it’s really cost effective to buy in bulk! Lindz and I frequent Beads & More.

Aside from stocking up on a variety of colored rhinestones, I already had all the supplies lying around the house for such a simple project, and for those that enjoy cosplaying, or sewing/crafting in general, I’m sure most of you have this stuff as well.

As you can see from the images, what I did is pretty basic. Buckle + glue + rhinestones = sparkly belt buckle! Or if you’d like a little more detail:

  1. Glue stones to buckle
  2. Glue snaps to back of buckle
  3. Cut strip of elastic measured to waist
  4. Hand sew snaps to each end of elastic
  5. Snap elastic belt onto buckle
  6. Wear. Enjoy!

This is a really fun and simple project that was completed in an evening while watching TV. I’m pretty sure waiting for the glue to properly dry on the snaps took longer than actually adding the stones to the buckle! Once you glue your snaps to the back of your buckle, I would recommend letting it dry overnight before wearing it to allow the glue to properly set. And, well, that’s really all there is to it! Simple, fun, and cute.I love those kinds of crafts!

If you’ve slipped a cosplay accessory into your daily wardrobe before, or do it at a later time, we’d love to see it! I, for one, can’t wait to try this on a few Star Wars belt buckles.

12 comments on “DIY Friday: Elastic Belt W/ Rhinestones, Black Widow Edition

  1. Ami says:

    Does she still have any of these buckles left to purchase? I’m interested in buying a couple!

  2. Nicole Evans says:

    Great simple inspiration project !!! I always try to find ways to slip costume pieces into my everyday outfits. It’s always fun to have fellow geeks out there recognize it 🙂 Long live geek chic!!

  3. Leslie says:

    I’m also wondering if your friend has any more of the resin buckles left, also looking to purchase; This is awesome 🙂

  4. […] look, which features the rhinestone encrusted Black Widow belt buckle that was one of our previous DIYs. While I enjoy being stylishly geek from head to toe, sometimes all you need is one geek piece to […]

  5. Amy Pond says:

    Yeah, I’d buy one of those belts, too.

  6. JD says:

    Could you tell me where you purchased that buckle at? I can’t seem to find it.
    Thank you!

    • Lindz says:

      Sorry for the delayed response. The buckle was custom made for a costume and a friend had an extra one. You might be able to make something similar though!

  7. Jessi says:

    Where could I find just the plain belt buckle? I’m not having any luck:/

    • Lindz says:

      Since the buckle was a handmade piece, you would need to create your own. The other option is to find someone who makes them and get one from them. I see that there are some on etsy, so you could request an unpainted buckle. Hope that helps!

  8. Leanne says:

    Hello im wondering if you could make one for someone whos size8-10 uk? thanks

    • Scruffy says:

      Hi Leanne! These are DIYs to show people how to make it, or something similar, themselves. We don’t make and sell these to people. Sorry!

  9. bette smith says:

    awesome job, do have a extra buckle i could buy?

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