June 27, 2012

DIY Neon Rope Belt

Hey guys! You may have caught sight of this already if you follow me on Twitter, but this week's DIY is over at the M&J Trimming blog. I'll show you how to make this fun rope belt (with a nice pop of neon, of course!). Click on through!

I love accessories and clothes that are trend multi-taskers, and this belt definitely ticks off a few summer trends. Neon? Check. Nautical? Check. Fun? Check! Here's how to make your own rope belt with a nice little pop of neon.

Tools and Materials:
Leather punch
2 yards of cord in similar color
2 yards of cotton rope/cord

Decide where you want to wear your belt. Measure the rope so that it is long enough to wrap around your waist twice, and trim so it is about an inch shorter than that length.

Find the middle of the rope, and bring both ends to the center, like above. Line up both ends, and tape together to the center of the rope, wrapping the tape to secure. This forms a loop on either end.

Spread glue along the tape, and press one end of the thin cord into the glue.

 Hold the end in place, and begin wrapping the cord tightly around the tape.

Once you've wrapped enough to cover the tape, trim down the cord to about 1 inch, add a drop of glue, and use a toothpick to tuck the loose end underneath the cords.

To attach the buckles, fold the belt closure around one looped end of the cord. Note where the edge wraps around and meets the longer end of the closure.

Using the leather hole punch, punch out four holes, two at the edge of the closure, and two where the the edge meets the longer end (what you measured above).

Lace the thin cord through the holes and over the rope like the picture above.

Pull the ends of the cord tight, and tie the cord into a tight knot. Add a dab of glue to secure.

Repeat with the other side of the faux-leather closure onto the other loop of the rope. Slide the buckles on the cord and into place. Let glue dry.

This project was originally posted on the M&J Trimming blog.


  1. Hi Erin! I love this belt!!! great job!! :)

    love K

  2. This is really cool, I might give this one a go, because belts are seriously neglected in my wardrobe!

    1. me too! I always reach for the same boring leather ones-- hopefully this will shake things up!

  3. OOOO I love this!! What a perfect use of rope material and a pop of color!



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