We have previously put up a Daenerys Targaryen cosplay tutorial that Justine put together, but she focused on only the dress – she is our seamstress, after all. I’m more of a cosplay crafter, so I made the belt myself, and even added some detailing to the front flaps on the dress by hand! I’m here today to let you know how to pull together the final piece of this outfit. Read on for how I made my Daenerys Targaryen belt.
In the time since that previous post went up, I’ve got a new Dany outfit, which we’ll be sharing with you one day soon. Before that, though, I wanted to let you know how the belt for this one came together. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Well, here’s a photo of the outfit we’ve recreated:
And here’s the end product that Justine and I created between her sewing skills and my crafting:
As you can see, Dany has this crazy belt that is clearly made of metal and probably hand-forged specifically for her. I obviously did not have the time (or skills or money) to create it out of that kind of material, so I came up with another solution…. hot glue!
Right now I feel like I should provide a little sidenote on how amazing hot glue is for cosplay purposes. I seriously believe you can use it for ANYTHING and I have yet to be proven wrong. You can glue things together, create things from scratch, or make touch-ups as needed. If you’re a cosplayer who has not yet discovered hot glue for quick fixes, I highly recommend trying it out.
But back to the belt…
This was my first attempt at making the belt, and I was absolutely shocked and a little impressed that it worked. Here are the steps I followed:
- I printed a pattern from the internet. Kris actually did it for me, in a couple different sizes so I could measure against myself and figure out what would work best. I’m not sure exactly which one she printed but this one by Kukuzilla on Deviantart looks great. Resize it to whatever you think will work – it doesn’t matter how clear the photo is since it’s just a guide. Make sure it will reach mostly around your waist and that the ends won’t overlap at the back.
- I taped the pattern sheets together so everything was properly lined up, then laid it under a piece of parchment paper.
- I used my hot glue gun to trace the entire pattern. It was large, so my hand was definitely sore by the end! I made sure to put lots of glue along the attachment area at the back since I planned to just lace it up and wanted to make sure it was extra sturdy.
- I let the belt sit and dry for a bit, just to make sure the glue was nice and hard.
- After a few minutes, I peeled the belt off of the paper and proceeded to clean it up a little bit (you know, get rid of the little hot glue wisps that accompany everything you do with the glue gun).
- I let the belt harden and set overnight, just in case there was any lingering hot glue there.
- I used gold spray paint on the side of the belt that had been on the parchment paper. This flat side seemed to provide a bit of a better texture for the look I wanted. I did a few coats and let it dry well.
- I cut some gold ribbon to lace up the belt in the back, just looping through gaps corset-style. This gets laced and unlaced every time I put it on and take it off.
And that’s it! This belt is actually very sturdy and I’ve never been worried about it pulling or breaking.
Honestly, this project ended up being MUCH easier than I had anticipated. I was surprised and delighted when the first attempt went so well. The only issue I have had is that the paint tends to flake with wear, since the belt is curved around my waist. There is probably a better type paint I could have used (I’m still learning about the best materials for different cosplay uses), but respraying it before each wearing seems to be working just fine. I have had success on another hot glue paint project by using a primer underneath too, so that might be a possible solution.
Hopefully this all makes sense! Please let me know if you have any other questions about making this Daenerys Targaryen belt – it honestly is just as simple as it sounds. If I can do it, you can do it too.