Belted Change Tray


I get inspiration from all sorts of places and sometimes those places are incredibly expensive stores.  And no store is more expensive tham Hermes. 

This little change tray sells for hundreds of dollars at Hermes that I thought could be the inspiration for a fun upcycling project involving just some Goodwill belts, hemp twine, and a leather hole puncher.


Started with the belts.   Picked up a variety of genuine leather belts from Goodwill for $2.50 a belt.   The key thing here is this: rummage through the piles of belts at the thrift store and look for those that are genuine leather.   While I’m all for being kind to cows, pleather belts can be incredibly hard to work with when upcycling them.  


Using sharp scissors, just cut them into strips into the desired size of the tray that you want.   I just cut one belt and placed the cut piece on top of the belt as the template and snipped away.

I can not say this enough: SHARP scissors.


Using a leather hole punch, cut holes along the edge of the strips.  Make sure they line up pretty close and use a double-stitch of hemp twine to bind them all together into a square.


Cut longer pieces of belt for the sides and stitch the overlapping pieces together to make them come together at the corners.


Perfect to hold keys, money, a wallet… sorta of a “catch all” tray now.     Cost to make $5.00.      Hermes version: hundreds.     Feeling of making it yourself?  Priceless.


  1. Ann K. says:

    Very cool, Danny! I like it even better than the Hermes—much more visually interesting.

  2. Jeffrey C says:

    Definitely one of the cooler ideas you’ve posted. Love the finished product.

  3. LB says:

    I like this idea a lot! It’s easy, appealing, and ecofriendly.

  4. Cussot says:

    I don’t know – those look like they still had a lot of life in them as, um, belts.

  5. The cool thing about the belt project, outside of being much cheaper, is that your change tray has a ton of character. i like it a lot!