How to Make a Hole in Your Leather Belt

Leather belts never seem to have enough holes, nor is a leather hole punch readily available. It isn’t something people usually keep in their toolbox. Sure, that would work, but what if you don’t have a leather hole punch? What are your alternatives? It just so happens many of the options available to you can be found in your home.

Make a Hole With Leather Hole Punch

The most simplest of solutions is to use a leather hole punch (View on Amazon). These tools have a variety of different “bits” that create different sized holes. It’s just a matter of using the right bit.

What You Will Need…

  • Leather hole punch
  • Ruler

1. Take a ruler and measure the distance between each hole, then use a fine-tipped pen to mark where the next hole will go.

2. Next, measure the hole by using the hole punch. Flip through each hole punch until you find one that fits nice and snug through one of the holes already made.

3. Position the leather hole punch into place and squeeze hard. It takes a considerable amount of hand strength to punch through the leather belt.

4. Furthermore, if the hole made wasn’t clean, use a toothpick to push it the rest of the way through.

Make a Hole with a Hammer and Nail

What do you do if you don’t want to buy a leather hole punch? Well, you could use tools you most likely already have: a hammer and nail. You’ll need a wooden block though to keep from smashing through your furniture.

What You Will Need…

  • Hammer
  • Nail (the size of the other holes)
  • Wooden block
  • Ruler

1. Take a ruler and measure the distance between each hole, then use a fine-tipped pen to mark where the next hole will go.

2. Next, grab a few different sized nails. Slide a nail through an already punched hole until you find a nail that fits snug.

3. Position the leather belt on top of the wooden block. Make sure the wooden block is thick enough to compensate for the entire nail, just in case you hammer the nail too hard.

Tip: It helps if you have two people pull the leather belt from both ends. If you don’t have any friends, you can rest two heavy objects over each end.

4. Now smash!

Tip: Wear heavy duty gloves if you aren’t confident in your hammering skills.

Make a Hole with Power Tools

For those of you who have access to power tools, specifically an electric drill (View on Amazon), you can use a brad-point drill bit to make holes in leather belts. You will need a wooden block to ensure you aren’t drilling into furniture.

What You Will Need…

  • Electric drill
  • Brad-point drill bit the size of the other holds
  • Ruler
  • Wooden block

1. Take a ruler and measure the distance between each hole, then use a fine-tipped pen to mark where the next hole will go.

2. Pick a brad-point drill bit that fits the size of the other holes snug. Don’t use ones that are too small or too big.

3. Place the leather belt on your wooden block, securing both ends so it doesn’t spin, and drill a hole through it.

Tip: Having a friend or two hold the ends works too.

Make a Hole with a Phillips-head Screwdriver

A Phillips-head screwdriver is yet another great alternative for making holes in leather belts. All you need is the screwdriver itself and a wooden block.

What You Will Need…

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Wooden block
  • Ruler

1. Take a ruler and measure the distance between each hole, then use a fine-tipped pen to mark where the next hole will go.

2. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver that fits snug in the other holes.

3. Place the leather belt on the wooden block and secure the ends of the belt.

4. Now push and twist, and keep twisting until you break through the leather belt.

5. Alternatively, you can use a hammer and Phillips-head screwdriver.

Bottom Line

As you can see, there’s no shortage of options. Almost everyone and their mother has a Phillips-head screwdriver lying around, though the size of the bit may not be to scale. In that case, buying one might be necessary. A neighbor might let you borrow a power tool. And who doesn’t have a hammer and nails?