I donít know about you, but I seem to be so much more sentimental about my belts (and shoes) than I am about other items of clothing. Perhaps itís because they get worn much more frequently, and thus accumulate a lot more associated memories. Whatever the reason, Iím almost always able to remain reasonable when itís time to part ways with a tee shirt or dress. Less so with a good pair of jeans, but I get there. An old favorite belt though? I just have a hard time letting go, even when itís well past wearable.
Which is exactly why I went hunting for inspiration: ideas of how I could keep my old belts, and use them too. And I found some pretty spectacular ones! Thank you, Internet, for aiding and abetting my inner nostalgic hoarder. I love you.
And now, may I present . . .
1. Turn it into a headband! If your favorite belt has broken in two, never fear. It may be salvageable if you just rework it for wearing at a more northern latitude Ė namely, your noggin. Check out this great tutorial if you donít believe me. Itís surprisingly adorable. All you need is some scissors and a short length. A little creativity helps too!
2. If you find yourself stuck in the middle of a plumbing project and you donít have the right tool for the job, a belt may just be able to save you . . . if the item you need just happens to be a strap wrench. Really!
3. Use a wide belt to display a photo, by cutting it into four sections that fit together like a picture frame. Or, gather up your biggest and bestest belt buckles and create a collection of amazing miniature frames. Spray painting the buckles to match as a set Ė think black, gold, or lime green Ė will really enhance the effect.
4. Use a weather worn belt to add flair around the house. The right type will look amazing for hanging a wall clock (cradling it, like a sling), or encircling a decorative basket, or embellishing an ordinary storage box.