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Have you heard about DIY belt handcuffs and want to try them out for yourself? You've come to the right place! There are 2 ways to make handcuffs with a leather belt and we'll walk you through both processes in this article. The single cuff handcuffs are a little easier to do, but the double cuff handcuffs are sturdier and look more like traditional handcuffs. Give both methods a try and pick your favorite!

Things You Should Know

  • There are two handcuff options when you're using a belt. You can create single cuff handcuffs or double cuff handcuffs.
  • Any belt width will work for this—the wider the belt, the stronger the cuffs will be.
  • Always handcuff a consenting partner with their wrists in front of their body (rather than behind their body). It's safer and more comfortable.

Method 1
Method 1 of 2:
Single Cuff Handcuffs

  1. 1
    Get a leather belt with a buckle. The buckle is necessary since it acts as the locking mechanism. Any belt width is fine but the thicker the belt, the stronger the handcuffs will be.[1]
    • If you want to test the handcuffs out, you also need a consenting partner.
    • It’s possible to put these handcuffs on yourself, but it might take a bit of maneuvering on your part to get out of them![2]
  2. 2
    Fold the non-buckle end halfway to the buckle and flatten it. Grab the loose tail end and fold it back on top of itself to create a flat loop. The non-buckle end should hit about midway on the belt, and the side that faces out (when you’re wearing the belt normally) is pressed against itself.[3]
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  3. 3
    Thread the top of the flat loop partially through the belt buckle. Don’t push the loop all the way through the buckle! The non-buckle end needs to remain on the outside of the buckle (you’ll be using it to tighten the cuffs).
  4. 4
    Create one large cuff or circle with the loop. Manipulate the belt to form a big circle, tugging and tightening in a few different spots so the belt doesn't lose shape. You're essentially forming a loop within a loop, with the non-buckle tail end sticking out.[4]
  5. 5
    Adjust the size of the cuff to fit who or whatever you’re cuffing. If you’re working with a partner, ask them to make a fist with each hand and hold both fists in front of them, pressed together. Slip the large cuff over both hands and use the tail end to adjust the cuffs to fit their wrists.
    • If you’re cuffing yourself, sit down and slip both wrists through the cuff loop. Then, use your foot to tighten the cuffs to the size you want. Don't cuff yourself too tight, though, or you won't be able to wriggle out. You'll have to ask someone for help (and good luck explaining this one!)[5]
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Method 2
Method 2 of 2:
Double Cuff Handcuffs

  1. 1
    Grab a leather belt that has a buckle. Any belt width will work fine for this, but the wider the belt, the stronger the cuffs will be. You’ll also need a consenting partner if you want to test out your belt cuffs on a person.[6]
  2. 2
    Push the tail end of the belt through the buckle and tighten it. Tighten the loop so it’s sized to your partner’s wrist (or whatever it is you're cuffing—we don't judge). This creates the first cuff.[7]
  3. 3
    Loop the tail end of the belt back through the buckle to create a figure 8. The figure 8 shape creates 2 loops or cuffs (one loop per wrist). You can pull the tail to tighten the second cuff so it creates the same fit as the first cuff.[8]
  4. 4
    Loop the tail around so that it encircles the first cuff. Once you do, poke the tail through the buckle. Then, pull the tail up over the second cuff and push it through the buckle. This encircles the second cuff just like you did with the first cuff.[9]
    • Be careful not to shrink the size of the first cuff as you do this.
  5. 5
    Pull on the tail to tighten the cuffs to the size you want. Your partner can slide their wrists through the loops now (one loop for each wrist). Be careful not to alter the size of the cuffs or tighten them too much.[10] Cuffing their hands in front of their body (not behind their body) is safer and more comfortable.
    • If the tail is super long and it bothers you, repeat step 4 to use up the slack.
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