How To Make Your Own Championship Belt
How competitive is your family? When bragging rights are not enough, you need your own DIY Championship Belt.
Does family game night bring out your competitive spirit? That is why we made our own Authentic Looking Championship Belt. It is our game night trophy.
Our grandchildren love playing board games when we host big dinners at our house so I decided to surprise them with our new Authentic Looking Championship Belt.
The design inspiration for our Championship belt is one of the WWE World Heavyweight belts with world flags. WWE Championship belts are widely known. Many children have made a wrestling belt out of cardboard. They too, are my inspiration.
How To Make A Championship Belt
This DIY Championship belt requires a little skill to make. There is a minor amount of sewing involved. It is mostly a cut out and glue process.
The flags chosen for our belt represent the United States of America, Japan, Great Britain, and Canada.
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You know how sometimes when you are in search of the perfect crafting supply it doesn’t seem to be anywhere? I found the flags on the Oriental Trading site here.
Supplies for making a Champion Ship Belt like the WWE Belt
- 1 piece white foam board (Oriental Trading)
- Graph paper
- 2 sheets of gold sparkle craft paper
- 1 sheet of silver sparkle craft paper
- 2 sheets of red sparkle craft paper
- 1 sheet black craft paper(Oriental Trading)
- Small Flags of All Nations(Oriental Trading)
- Self adhesive jewels(Oriental Trading)
- 1 1/2 yards faux leather fabric
- Sharpie® Gold Marker
- E6000 glue
- Elmer’s® Glue
Step 1 Making the pattern for the championship belt buckle
Our Championship belt began by creating a template. We are working from scratch with our own design.
First we used graph paper to create the template for the main part of the belt which we are calling the buckle. Any good wrestling belt or boxing belt has an over-sized ornate buckle to show off.
Because one sheet of graph paper isn’t large enough, we taped multiple pieces together. Our buckle is about 7 1/2″ tall and 12 1/4″ long.
Step 2 Making the Flag holders for the championship belt
Also using the graph paper, we created rectangles with rounded edges for our flags. Each Flag rectangle is 4 1/4″ tall and 3 1/2″ wide.
Step 3 Trace the designs onto foam board
Next we traced the designs of both the buckle and the rectangles onto our foam board and using a sharp crafting knife made the cuts.
Now we use the cut foam board as our template to trace around the edges onto the gold craft paper which is going to become the front of the belt. Cut out the gold craft paper and set aside for now.
Step 4 Color the edges of the foam board
Nothing complicated here. It’s a simple touch to give your DIY Championship belt a nice finished look. Use a Gold Sharpie® marker to color the edges of all the foam board for a nice finished look.
Step 5 Making the C-H-A-M-P Letters
We ordered the wrong size letters and wound up making our own so a word from the wise, be sure about your letter sizes prior to placing your order!
That graph paper is a handy tool to have around for die hard crafters who do not own a Cricut! Someone please tell Santa to send me a Cricut this year! If you have a Cricut or any cutting machine, use it for this step! If not, you know the drill. My hubby drew the letters free hand then used them to make the cuts on the red sparkled craft paper.
Update: I got a Cricut!!! See these 21 Crazy Easy Beginner Cricut Projects
Step 6 Adding the Gold and Silver
Cut and glue the gold craft paper onto the cut foam board pieces. We used E6000 to attach the gold craft paper but I’m sure Elmer’s would have worked just fine.
We used a cup from the kitchen to create the circle on the silver sparkle craft paper then glued it at the top of the belt buckle. The black shapes on either side of the circle were cut from black craft paper.
Step 7 Glue it all together
Begin glueing all of the pieces into place on the belt buckle as seen above. The flags come attached to a stick for display purposes. We cut the flags from the stick and then trimmed them down to fit our rectangle pieces.
One of everyone’s favorite things about our DIY Championship belt is the bling from the stick on jewels. We selected larger jewels so they would stand out.
Step 8 Leather belt
Now for the faux leather fabric and a little bit of sewing. Fold the fabric in half. Our finished belt is about 48″ long.
My hubby centered the buckle of the belt onto the fabric and using a sewing pencil marked the lines for the hem on the rounded part at top then used a straightedge to mark down the sides.
There are some curves in our belt design but those are fairly easy to maneuver while sewing. Cutting notches on the curves as shown will help the fabric to lay flat. Be careful not to cut your notches too deep.
Pin, pin, and pin down your fabric to hold it in place before beginning to sew the hem. Lots of pinning will help your fabric not to pucker.
Even though the bottom of the belt is where the fabric was folded in half, I did run a hem along that bottom edge for looks. You can see that in the close up photo below.
This faux leather is really thin and did not require a different needle in my machine. I was pleasantly surprised! After sewing the hem around the edges, trim off the excess.
Step 9 Put it all together
Now we glued down all of our Championship Belt designs to the front of the faux leather using the E6000. Once we had them all glued down, we placed heavy books on top during the drying time.
We left our Championship belt open without a closure because our crew likes to show it off over their shoulders plus winners come in all sizes! You can easily either sew or glue velcro to the ends for closure.
The first person to win our new game night Championship Belt was our handsome grandson Connor after a lively game of Clue. What board games do your family enjoy playing? Clue is our current favorite but Monopoly has been known to take center stage also.
Make your own Championship belt and start making memories. The possibility of winning the belt inspires all family members to show up for game night. Make some snacks and let the fun begin.
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What a fabulous Idea and your details on the belt are fabulous
I love this idea, it’s great for a WWE smack down or Western themed party. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best. I love your posts.
Haha…so cute!! Love this!
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Love the belt and what a fun way to end a family game night with a championship belt 🙂 Could also be used for Halloween too.
This is a really good idea, very clever!
I have not being to Oriental Trading but it’s great to find both party and craft stuff all in the same store (one stop). Game nights are the best with all the competitions although we really have not had a game night for a while. Our kids are too still too small to understand some of the games. The belt looks so real and that little cutie is proudly wearing it, too:)
My grandsons would love this championship belt! What a fun idea for game night. I love how the belt is constantly changing hands and I know your grandkids love the bragging rights when they win and get to hold on to the belt. I haven’t played Yahtzee in years! It was one of my mom’s favorite games and we played it often when I was growing up.