Do you like to repurpose or upcycle items, that you already have, in your craft projects? Most of the time, when we think about repurposing, we think about throw away items like wine corks, cans or bottles. However, have you ever thought about your old jewelry? Old jewelry crafts can be the most fun because of all that bling available! I’ll show you what to make with old jewelry from accessories to home decor.
So, maybe it’s time to clean out your jewelry box and make something with the pieces that you are no longer wearing. This is a great way to upcycle and you won’t feel guilty for just letting that collection of trinkets lay there unused and forgotten. And, since money was spent on this old jewelry, it always feels good to not be wasting what you already spent.
The hardest part is figuring out what to make with all of these neglected baubles. That is where I can help! I came up with a collection of jewelry crafts that will inspire you to start digging through your jewelry right now.
Jewelry Crafts: What To Make With Old Jewelry
Create A Brooch Bouquet
The first idea is a brooch bouquet that I did for my daughter’s wedding. I made a large one for her and smaller ones for each of her bridesmaids. These bouquets could also be made for home decor. My daughter now has her bouquet in a glass cabinet in her dining room with glassware and it makes such a pretty accent. I didn’t use my own jewelry for this project but did use a collection of my mother in law’s old brooches. I did have to purchase some vintage brooches on Ebay to have enough for all of the bouquets but was glad that a large part of my daughter’s bouquet was filled with her grandma’s brooches.
Materials Needed To Make A Brooch Bouquet:
- about 50-75 brooches – you can also use large clip on earrings
- sturdy florist wire – about 20 gauge
- floral tape
- 2 stems of silk hydrangea – some of the petals will show through the brooches so choose a color that you will coordinate with your decor or dress.
- 18″ x 4″ section of ribbon, tulle, lace, or any fabric of your choice for the neck of the bouquet.
- florist pearl topped pins (the kind that are used to pin on corsages)
- jewelry glue
- lace trim
- fabric glue
- wire cutters
- needle nose pliers
1. Attach 3 strands of 12 inch wire to brooches, by the pin. Simply wrap these strands around to the brooch pin a few times to secure the wires in place. You will now have a brooch flower with a three wire stem hanging down.
2. Wrap these three wires together with floral tape to create one thick stem.
3. Insert these brooch flower stems into the silk hydrangea flowers, which act as the base for the bouquet. The hydrangea petals fill in the gaps between the brooch flowers and help to hold together the entire bouquet. Extra embellishments can also be added to the bouquet. I added two optional feather stems along the bottom before wrapping all of the wires together with more floral tape. For the bridal bouquet, I also added a section of the tulle from my wedding dress at the base of the bouquet which also got wrapped around the base with the floral tape.
4. The handle of the bouquet is created by wrapping all of the stems together with lace using fabric glue to secure the lace. The bottom of the handle was finished with the corsage pins that were simply inserted into the bottom of the handle so that just the pearls showed at the bottom. If any of the brooches fit loosely at the top, I added just a touch of jewelry glue to hold them in place. Most were just fine.
It is a time consuming project but it is a great way to use old brooches and earrings. This idea for what to make with old jewelry can also be very profitable. If you make these to sell, they can go for $300-500 depending on the brooches and detail put into the bouquets.
DIY Brooch Napkin Rings
SOURCE: Intimate Weddings
I love a pretty napkin ring and what better way to dress up your table than with vintage brooches. This might be one of my favorite household jewelry crafts!
Embellish A Lampshade
SOURCE: Mod Vintage Life
You never have to have a plain or boring lampshade again! In fact, there are so many ways to decorate a lampshade. This one makes use of jewelry to give it a little glam.
Dress Up A Pair Of Shoes With Old Jewelry
You can add some glitz and glamour to a pair of shoes real quick and easy by clipping on a pair of fancy earrings. A great way to transition from day wear to elegant evening out.
Turn Jewelry Into Stylish Magnets
SOURCE: My So Called Crafty Life
You can’t get any easier than transforming old jewels into stylish new magnets. Imagine a refrigerator all glammed up with bling.
Embellish A Letter For Your Home Decor
SOURCE: I Love To Create Blog
How about making a decorative accent for your home by embellishing a letter with jewels? Spray paint ties the whole design together. The whole look is kind of a funky industrial.
Make Decorative Book Marks
SOURCE: Country Living
You can always use a decorative bookmark and these are so pretty to look at that you will want to start reading just to use them! Get the tutorial for this bookmark and the one below at Velvet Strawberries.
SOURCE: Velvet Strawberries
Here is another pretty bookmark idea in a clip form.
Dress Up Furniture Knobs With Old Jewelry
SOURCE: Lovely Etc.
I am a big fan of dressing up furniture knobs just a touch. Embellishing knobs with jewelry is a perfect idea for a shabby chic style piece!
Valentine Heart Made With Jewelry
How is this chic framed heart for some perfect shabby chic decor! Display this anytime or especially for some pretty Valentines Day decor.
Make A Jeweled Christmas Tree
SOURCE: Plum Perfect And Me
And, at Christmas you can make a dazzling Christmas tree using a styro-foam cone embellished with jewelry.
Framed DIY Jeweled Christmas Tree
SOURCE: Thrifty Fun
Another option to a standing Christmas Tree is to make one flat to be framed. Depending on the size, it can be beautiful tabletop or wall Christmas decor.
Embellish A Gift Package
SOURCE: Dishfunctional Designs
Vintage jewelry on a gift package is a beautiful way to present a gift. Just attach a piece to the center of a bow to add instant elegance.
So, those are some creative ideas for what to make with old jewelry. Do you have any ideas for jewelry crafts to share?
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