Beaded belts can be very cool accessories that can go with any outfit. Making one takes a little time, however you custom fit it to your style and size. First here are the supplies you will need to get started:

  • medium sized glass, wood, fimo, or plastic beads in the colors of your choice. You use a combination as well of these beads. You will need hundreds of these, so buy in bulk when you can.
  • larg glass, wood, fimo or plastic beads in a matching colors to the medium beads.
  • some seed beads in cordinating colors.
  • monofilamore beading string. Also called fishing line.
  • large eye beading needle
  • belt buckle
  • measuring tape
  • beading wax
  • sissors
  • pencil or pen and paper for measurement note.
  • superglue
  • Measure your waist or hips to know what size to make the belt. Place the tape measure around the desired area and wrap around until the end of the measuring tape matches up with the other end. Mark this measurement down.
  • Unroll your beading string. You will add more string as you go along. If you try to unroll all of it now it will become tangled. Unroll twice the amount you need to fit around your waist. Remember to subtract the buckle ends from those numbers, since that is part of the length.
  • Thread through your needle and pull through about 2" to fold over onto itself. Tie a large knot at the other end of the string.
  • Choose a large bead and thread the needle through, then with the needle pick up about 10 seed bead as well. Loop these beads around the end of the buckle and go through the large bead you first put on. The string with the knot will be showing for now. You will cut that off later.
  • Began stringing the medium sized beads you have the entire length of the string, until it will fit around your waist/hips.
  • Once at the end pick up a large bead again, 10 seed beads, and loop around the other end of the belt buckle and back through the large bead.
  • Now thread your needle and string all the back through the strand you just created to re-enforce the strand and make it stronger. When you get to the end where your knot is at, tie the two ends together.
  • Repeat this pattern for the length of the belt buckle. There will be approximately 10 to 15 strands. However, a smaller buckle will require fewer strands and a larger buckle more strands.
  • After you have tied each knot, add a drop of superglue to secure the ends and then cut the remaining string as close as you can to the knot and tuck inside and between the beads.
  • Make sure that the strands on each end of the belt buckle are tight together, so that they do not slide back and forth. You can add a drop of super glue to each strand end on the belt buckle ends to ensure they do not move. Do this once all the strands have been added.

That is it! Your done and you have created your customized beaded belt. Depending on how fast you can bead, the entire project will take approximately 4 to 5 hours. Again, depending on size of the belt, the number of strands and how fast you are. Once you get going, the beading does go faster and you do get into a rhythm.