Poor Mans Jedi Belt

Discussion in 'Costuming and Props' started by Marden, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. Marden Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    May 23, 2005
    POOR MANS JEDI BELT
    Okay, so two weeks from the Comic Gaming & Anime Show, a local convention, I decided I need a costume. I have a mandolorian costume, but I didnt have a handler for the day, so I needed something more simple, softer, less... helmeted. So Jedi! But wait, Im gonna need that awesome belt, but short on cash and and even more short on time, what was a Jedi to do? Luckily I am pretty creative! So with items I found around my house I made a Jedi belt, and here's how I did it.

    I started with some craft foam. One large sheet was enough for me and I were a XL-2XL shirt.
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    I cut it in to 3 sections, each one 3 times the width of my regular belt which worked out to 4 inches each.
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    Then I cut faux leather contact paper big enough to cover each sheet of craft foam. I found this stuff at Home Depot.
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    Next I glued the craft foam strips end to end with hot glue, then used the edge of the glue gun to smooth out the bead of glue. I used this technique on ever other part hot glued.
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    Then I added 2 strips of duct tape to the back to strengthen the belt down the whole length.
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    I covered the front of the foam with the contact paper next.
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    Then you've got to make sure it stays on, so you've gotta hot glue the contact paper on. I added a glue to the edge of the foam and then more glue along the edge of the contact paper.
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    After trying it on I realized i needed something to hold my normal belt in place so after looking at some pictures of the Jedi belt, I figured I could use thumb tacks, and it kind of looks like whats on the actual belt. Make sure you bend the tack before you add it to your belt, or it might be pretty uncomfortable.
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    Then to make sure it doesnt become a pain in your side add a little hot glue over the business end of the tacks and cover it with foam for extra saftey.
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    Now clear belt holders just look silly, so I painted them boltgun metal with citadel paints.
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    After sliding my regular belt in between the thumb tacks I ended up with this:
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    So a few hours later, and a grand total of $0 spent on this I have the poor mans Jedi belt. Obviously its not screen accurate, and probably wont hold up for to very long but i think it looks pretty good for free!
  2. Darth Erebus Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Sep 2, 2012
    star 2
  3. Marden Jedi Padawan

    Member Since:
    May 23, 2005
    Thanks, hopefully I helped out someone. Keep an eye out for my finished costume with in the next few days.
  4. Commander-DWH Shiny Costuming & Props Manager

    Manager
    Member Since:
    Nov 3, 2003
    star 4
    I think that's one of the better bootleg belts I've seen. Very resourceful! Hopefully you'll eventually be able to turn your resourcefulness into a proper leather belt- if this is what you can do at the last minute with such materials, I can only imagine what you'd be able to do with a longer time frame and better materials. ;) Well done!
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