As I’ve mentioned a few times, the Balmain Spring 14 collection was a knockout for me – full to overflowing with DIY ideas and potential. To say I’ve pondered the details of this collection would be the world’s biggest understatement – and so without further delay I give you the Balmain inspired belt I created a while ago. It’s something that takes a bit of time, but is so worth it!
- Gold chain
- Black chain
- A multi hole punch
- 3 button studs
- Leather cord
1. Start by cutting your PVC to size (mine was about 7cm wide). Cut your chain into two pieces (enough to go around your front and stop in the middle of your sides) and then place it over the PVC and start marking on it where you want to make your holes. You want to mark the inside of each link, making sure to match the number of marks (and hence holes) with the links.
2. Using your hole punch, make holes where you marked the PVC.
3. Do that for both sides.
4. Cut your black chain to size so it sits just at the front of your ribs. Then mark where the ends are on the PVC.
5. Start threading your cord through the holes, weaving the chain onto the PVC.
6. Do that all the way along, it should look like this if you turn it over.
7. Once you get to the end you want to tie the final link of the chain onto the PVC using the cord.
8. Once it is secure, push the leather through underneath so it is hidden and then fold the chain up so only the edge of it sits on the PVC.
9. Knot both ends of the black chain on.
10. Put the belt on and measure then mark where you want your studs to close the belt to go. Make holes with the punch.
11. Add the studs and then hole punch the other side so you can secure the belt in place.