How to Make Western Belt Buckles

By Sophia Sola

Pull out you cowboy boots and jump on board with Western style. Belt buckles are a symbol of Western fashion and you can enhance that by making a Western-themed belt buckle. Finished in just a couple of hours, a Western belt buckle that can be moved from belt to belt is just thing to give as a gift or to lift your spirits during a hard day. Remember the tough, optimistic spirit of Western culture when you wear your homemade belt buckle.

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A horse's face close-up is a classic Western design.

Step 1

Purchase a plain, smooth belt buckle, called a buckle blank. Go as big as you dare for added Western flare. The belt buckle can be made of any material, as long as it is sturdy, has a smooth surface and can fit on most belts with replaceable buckles.

Step 2

Cut a Western design out of a magazine. "True West" and "Western Cowboy" are good examples. You can cut out horses, landscapes, famous Westerners or anything else that strikes you as Western.

Step 3

Trim the cutout so that it is just smaller than the surface of the belt buckle.

Step 4

Set the belt buckle face up and paint it with the black acrylic paint.

Step 5

Before the paint dries, press your cutout image onto the paint, centering it on the buckle. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 6

Mix the epoxy in the paper cup with the wooden stick according to the directions that come with the epoxy.

Step 7

Spread a layer of the epoxy on the belt buckle and design with the wooden stick. Wait for the epoxy to dry.