DIY Punk Craft

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DIY Punk Craft
Punk Rockers have a distinctive fashion, which includes dark clothing and studded accessories. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Punk rock is an alternative genre of rock music that originated in the 1970s. With influences from garage rock, political rock bands were initially seen as a counterculture movement to protest mainstream music. Punk rock still remains an influential type of rock music that has since adopted its own niche fashion culture, which features black vintage or retro clothing and studded jewellery. Making or crafting your own individual apparel and accessories is a one way to follow the anti-mainstream ideal of the punk movement.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Black belt or plain black fabric
  • Yardstick
  • Metallic square studs
  • Pliers
  • White chalk
  • Scissors
  • Black shirt
  • Spray bottle
  • Rubber gloves
  • Goggles
  • Bleach
  • Water
  • Skull cut-out or stencil
  • Cardboard

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    Studded Belt

  1. 1

    Lay your belt flat on a table. If you are constructing your own belt out of fabric, you should measure it around your waist and then add 11 inches to both so it easy to tie.

  2. 2

    Set the yardstick from one end of the belt and measure 11 inches. Mark with chalk. Mark 11 inches from the other end as well.

  3. 3

    Arrange the first set of studs on the belt, starting at the 11-inch mark. Press the metal prongs into the belt so that they stick out through the other side.

  4. 4

    Flip the belt over and tightly clinch the prongs shut using pliers. Smooth out any sharp edges.

  5. 5

    Measure 2 inches away from this mark with white chalk. Arrange the next set of studs on the belt. Continue marking between each set to ensure an even line of studs.

  6. 6

    Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until you are near the other 11-inch mark. Fold over the belt ends about an inch and sew them closed.

    Skull Shirt

  1. 1

    Lay the T-shirt on a flat surface and insert the cardboard sheet in the shirt. This is to prevent the bleach from soaking through the shirt. Place the skull stencil on the shirt.

  2. 2

    Put on gloves and goggles. Combine water and bleach in a 1:1 ratio in the spray bottle.

  3. 3

    Spray the solution onto the shirt liberally so that it is almost soaked. Continue spraying until the colour begins to change.

  4. 4

    Let the shirt air dry. Put through washing machine and dryer before wearing.

Tips and warnings

  • Bleach can corrode skin, so always wear protective gear when handling for punk craft.

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