Knowing how to make wrestling belts can help you increase the legitimacy of your professional wrestling career, impress your friends with a sweet piece of memorabilia, and definitely make you look like a baller. Plus, if you don't exactly have the physique or skills to ever win a real professional wrestling championship belt, just make your own and no one will know the difference. There are certainly dozens of ways to construct a custom belt, but for amateurs (or cheapskates) we've put together one of the easiest.
In order to make a wrestling belt, you will need:
- Scrap leather
- Brass plates
- Spray paint
- Small screw and screw caps
- Industrial strength Velcro strips
- Form the belt out of leather. You can find large sheets of scrap leather at craft stores, western apparel shops, or even some motorcycle supply stores. Either way, you want some thick leather that will prove to be durable. No one wants to make a wrestling belt and have it fall apart during their first match. Measure your waist (and probably add a few inches–we know you've been sneaking in a few extra Twinkies) and cut the leather to your desired length and shape. Remember, measure twice, cut once.
- Decorate your face plates. Finding clean brass plates isn't tough at your local craft store, so pick up a few. Now, you could definitely engrave your design and logo on the plates, but that's time-consuming and expensive. For the fans who want to show off their bling right now, we've got an easier way. Cut your design out of posterboard to create a stencil and spray paint it on to the brass plates. It's quick, it's easy, and it looks badass. Don't forget about any smaller side plates you'd like to include as well.
- Attach the face plates. When you're making a wrestling belt from scratch, the easiest and most effective way to keep your brass plates stuck to the leather is with small screws around the edge. The screws will go right through the leather and hold the plates securely in place. If necessary, pick up some screw caps so they aren't poking into your skin when you put the belt on. (While it may not last forever, there's nothing wrong with using duct tape to replace this entire step).
- Use Velcro to fasten the belt. You might think Velcro is just for small jobs, but you probably haven't used industrial strength Velcro yet. Pick up a roll of it at the hardware store and attach it to each side of the belt straps. It will definitely hold the belt in place and will also allow it to be one-size-fits-all.
Congratulations! You just made a wrestling belt from scratch. So, go ahead. Wear the belt around and brag about it to all of your friends. Remember, though, having a championship wrestling belt of your own won't actually make you any stronger and can still lead to you getting beat up in the parking lot.