How to Upcycle a Basket with Old Leather Belts

Upscale a Basket with Leather Belts

 How to Upcycle a Basket with Old Leather Belts

How to Add Leather Handles to an Old Basket  Cupcakes and Crinoline

If you know me you know that I have a bit of an addiction.  Okay....a bunch of addictions.  

 A few of my addictions listed in no particular order........

Baskets ~ almost any size, any type, any style...I love them and always have.  

Books and magazines ~ I could start my own Book Mobile and be a Heroine to an entire generation of readers with all of the books and magazines I have in my home.

 Leather ~ as in coats, purses, shoes, belts and earrings {yes, I have made and worn leather earrings}.

Cadbury Eggs {this has nothing to do with this post at all but Easter is coming and I feel that those who love me should know that they will forever be in my good graces if they supply me with a basket filled with Cadbury Eggs}.

How to Add Leather Handles to a Basket from Cupcakes and CrinolineSo now to today's post....How to Upcycle a Basket with Old Leather Belts.  Why, you may ask, does she need to add leather belts to an old basket??? 

How to Add Leather Handles to a broken basketI bought a seagrass basket to use for extra towels in my stayed there for a few years and then I moved it into the living room to hold books and magazines...too many books and magazines and the handle {first one, then the other} broke off.  The weight of the books and magazines were just too much for those delicate little handles to deal with.  I saved the basket just knowing that someday I would figure out how to save it.

Use Old Leather Belts as Basket HandlesI have 3 boys......they grow and they are ROUGH on their clothes.  They wear belts.  The belts wear out.  They grow out of the belts.  I have belts that can't be reused but I keep them.  

I have Gorilla Glue.  

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In my mind the basket, belts and Gorilla Glue were the perfect match for this project.

First, I removed what was left of the original handles.  They were only attached with string so this was easy to do.

How to Add Leather Handles to a Basket using Gorilla Glue

I used 4 leather belts for this project adjusting them and matching up according to size.  

How to Add Leather Handles to an old basket - old leather belt

How to Add Leather Handles using Old Leather BeltsI cut off the ends if they were too worn.

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How to Add Leather Handles12Using the Gorilla Glue and following the directions on the bottle, after measuring my belts and making sure the length of the belts would be even so that my basket was not off-balance I glued the ends together and held them in place with clothespins.

How to Add Leather Handles13Once the belt pairs were glued together I attached them to the basket again following the directions on the Gorilla Glue bottle.

Upcycle a Basket with Old Leather Belts from Cupcakes and Crinoline

Now my basket is once again usable and I found a great way to recycle some old belts.

How to Add Leather Handles to a Basket at Cupcakes and Crinoline


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  1. Linda @ Mixed Kreations says:

    Great idea! Good use for old belts. Your basket turned out nice with it new handles. Gorilla glue great stuff 😀

  2. Cindy Eikenberg says:

    Hi Mary Beth! What a fantastic idea and I love how it looks. Ok, now I need to raid the closets in search of old belts! Thanks so much for the great inspiration - pinning! Hope you have a happy and wonderful day! xo

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Cindy! I hope you have a fabulous weekend (I think everyday should be a weekend...I'm not sure how that would work but I much prefer weekends to weekdays!). hugs

  3. Lisa at Texas Decor says:

    I love baskets too (and cadbury creme eggs!) I also have all boys and know for sure that I have at least 5 or 6 of their worn out belts just lying around. This is a wonderful way to re purpose things! Thanks for the idea!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You're welcome ~ glad you liked the idea 🙂

  4. Ok, seriously, you were using your creative noggin on this one!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Miss Bliss!

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  6. Thanks for the tutorial and tips Mary Beth! I have a basket that needs new handles - I'll definitely try this!

  7. Great... Brilliant Idea!

  8. This is fantastic! I can see an etsy store with these!!!

  9. Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} says:

    Oh crumbs! I just threw out a bunch of broken leather belts! I LOVE leather too! This is such a neat idea. I am going to be on the lookout for something to do this to! I adore your profile pic, gorgeous!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Heather ~ love the 'oh crumbs' ~ so cute! I hope you find some leather to play with soon. 🙂

  10. What a great idea, love how this turned out.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Sarah!

  11. Katie Goldsworthy says:

    What a great idea! I'm going to have to start saving my old belts!

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