DIY Leather Peplum Belt {w/ vintage buckle}

I can’t tell you how long I’ve been wanting to make myself a leather peplum belt. I think it’s been since the beginning of the year… and I finally have the time to get creative with some new DIYs, so I whipped one up the other day in about 30 minutes. I had plans for a different buckle entirely but when I spotting this removable abstract leaf clasp hanging in my closet, I thought it would add the perfect 80’s touch & paired it with an equally 80’s mini dress. Since this buckle is removable, I can alter the look by simply switching it out for something else, giving the peplum a more ornate or more minimal feel {or simply by wearing the buckle in the back}.

psst! Check out my Peplum T-shirt DIY, it’s easy too!

Here’s What You’ll Need…

* Leather {find it at Tandy Leather}
* Scissors or blade
* Measuring tape
* White crayon or pencil
* Belt Buckle or self-adhesive velcro

* Fold your leather in half with the back or suede side up & with your white crayon or pencil, begin drawing your peplum shape. I did it free-hand, but if you have a ruffled blouse, a large feather trim or belt you can use as a pattern, do so. Measure your waist and draw a half circle equalling half of the circumference. TIP: start with it larger so you can trim it down… If you’re using a belt buckle, measure it, and draw out an extra few inches on each end. If you have a large enough hide of leather {or fabric} you can cut this out in one piece.

* Hold your leather firmly in place and carefully cut along the lines. I work better with scissors than a blade & scissors will cut through a surprisingly thick textile.

* It should look something like this. If you’d rather have straight edges than angled, cut them straight. If you’d rather they not overlap, cut them back.

* I used an old looping belt buckle from an a vintage belt. **You can use a regular buckle if you have the findings and settings or simply use a thick strip of industrial strength velcro.

* With this buckle, I simply slid the leather through, looped it over and back through.


Have Fun!

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Laura

    July 27, 2012 |

    You are so creative and talented. That came out great!

  • Jola

    July 27, 2012 |

    This loooks stunning! Great job!

  • Anonymous

    July 27, 2012 |

    Dear M,

    Is it just me or Lauren Conrad got a lil’ inspiration from you regarding the washer bracelet? 🙂

    have a nice weekend!
    Mrs. V.

  • Danny

    July 27, 2012 |

    Looks fab, great creative work 🙂 x

  • Megan, The Frugalista Diaries

    July 27, 2012 |

    very cute!

    Xo Megan

  • Maria @ GLD

    July 27, 2012 |

    Wow! This is great! Love both your DIY and the peplum trend.
    I don’t know if I can rock this belt but I’m def trying your peplum T-shirt 🙂

  • fashionistas stop

    July 27, 2012 |

    wowwww..this is amazing..I am so going to try this!

    following you..hope you’ll do the same 🙂

  • MissKroberts

    July 27, 2012 |

    I. LOVE. THIS.
    You are amazing at what you do! I sooo wish I could make my own clothing.

  • el_martina

    July 27, 2012 |

    another great idea!!!!

  • thankfifi

    July 27, 2012 |

    looks amazing maegan! I have a leather peplum top and love it.x

    ♥ ThankFifi

  • Anh Nguyen

    July 27, 2012 |

    LOVE IT! This is so easy and so awesome. I love peplum!

  • Carsedra McKoy

    July 27, 2012 |
  • carla5555

    July 27, 2012 |

    Genius… pure GENIUS!!!!

  • Charismainbklyn

    July 27, 2012 |

    I absolutely adore your blog!

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    July 27, 2012 |

    Beyond gorgeous!

  • Jennifer

    July 27, 2012 |

    That looks amazing!

    xo Jennifer

  • Kat

    July 28, 2012 |

    This is AWESOME! I absolutely love this idea Maegan! I’ve seen people make detachable peplum skirts but NOT in leather until now!

    What inspired you to create this piece?


  • מניפות משי

    July 28, 2012 |

    love it! this is so cool!
    simple and impressive upgrade!;)

  • Katya

    July 28, 2012 |

    amazing idea

  • Anonymous

    July 30, 2012 |

    It is so very stylish and stylish Belt .
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  • Life's a shoe

    July 30, 2012 |

    what an awesome DIY! it’s so pretty!

  • Karina

    August 19, 2012 |

    Love it! Could you tell me how much leather I should buy for the DIY?

  • Chelsea

    September 23, 2012 |

    This belt, is soooo amazing. I have to make this. I am so in love!! Great post, thank you!!

  • Austin Green

    August 11, 2013 |

    I have the same fabric scissors as you, and I realize you use them for cutting as well. Just a friendly suggestion, if you keep your fabric scissors on paper, they’ll slowly rust. Keep up the good work! To get more info please visit

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