You can dress up—or punk out—any leather belt with the addition of studs. Using an old belt from the thrift store will make it this an inexpensive project—you can even opt for fake leather if desired. Studs come in different kinds of metal, colors and shapes, and each kind will give your belt a different look. You can usually find studs at a leather store or craft store. Remember when planning your studded belt that covering the belt with studs will give it a glam or punk rock look, while placing studs more sparsely will correspondingly tone down the exuberance of the studded belt while still making a statement.

Things You'll Need

Plan your stud locations using the measuring tape. You can use a complex geometric pattern or simple, even spacing to determine where your studs will go. Mark each location with the chalk; any excess chalk can be wiped off the belt at the end. Even a wild, punk rock belt will benefit from careful planning at this stage.

Press the prongs of the stud into the leather at the first marked location. Leave two indentations in the leather.

Poke through the leather where the indentations were left by the prongs, using the pointed metal object. An awl or a pointed razor blade will both work well.

Insert the prongs of the stud into the leather.

Use the pliers to bend each prong down so that it points to the center of the stud.

Continue this process on each of the marked stud locations.


  • If you are having trouble getting the prongs into the holes, widen the hole by working the pointed metal object in a circular motion in the hole.

  • Use nickel, brass or stainless steel studs. These tend to be higher-quality studs that will not break or get crushed.

  • For very thick leather, use a mallet to punch the sharp metal object through the leather.