Making jewelry from recycled items can result in beautiful, unique, and fun bracelets, earrings, etc. This is a guide about recycled jewelry craft ideas.
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Use your imagination and leftover scraps from other craft projects to create one-of-a-kind pins for yourself or for inexpensive gifts. This pin was created using a domino, canceled postage stamps, a tiny button, and gold embroidery thread.
Approximate Time: About 1 hour
By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC
My daughter wanted some neat earrings she had seen at the mall, but they were pricey. She decided she would make her own. She took two guitar picks and heated a sewing needle to poke a hole in the tops of the picks. She then inserted jump rings and ear wires to make her earrings. They turned out really cute. A necklace to match could also be crafted.
Some people have made jewelry out of hotel room keys. I've never made any, but I think you could cut them into various shapes and make earrings in the same way mentioned above. I've also seen old credit cards cut up and crafted into these items. You can choose to decoupage a photo or design onto the plastic. If earrings are out, then you could craft a necklace or bracelet out of this plastic material. If you need a larger hole poked in the plastic, a heated nail works as well for this purpose. Just hold it with some pliers so as not to get a burn.
Note: Old credit cards are useful for fridge magnets. I use them for the stiff backing for my cross-stitched fridge magnets. Glue the cross-stitched design on the card, allow to dry and attach a magnet with tacky glue. When I get "junk mail credit card offers" I have plenty of these cards.
Source: My daughter
By duckie-do from Cortez, CO
Approximate Time: About 30 minutes
Cut the post or clip from back of earrings and disassemble broken jewelry.
Lay pieces out until you get them in a pleasing design that suits you.
Carefully lift each piece and apply glue to hold in place.
When glue is dry, turn piece over and glue on a pin back. (If necessary, you can use a piece of cardboard as a base for your design.)
By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC
By Dominique from Kalamazoo, MI
Did you know that bobby pins now come in many colors? On one of my visits to the local discount store I found a huge selection of colored bobby pins along with the normal colored ones. I decided to see what a necklace would look like with these dangling. I thought it was great because you could coordinate with your outfit. You could even do earrings.
By Louella from Billings, MT
These bangles are made with recycled cardboard tape rolls. They are all made into bracelets that you can wear on your arm. They are very inexpensive and fun to make!
Approximate Time: 15 minutes
I often buy shelving units that stack together using PVC dowels. When the package is purchased, there are 2 inch black "spacers" that get recycled. Well I used them for this project and it worked perfectly.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
Approximate Time: 2.5-3.0 hours
Yield: 1 necklace
I had planned this during my year long scrap yarn fundraiser but didn't get it in.
I use remnants from the jeans projects that I've done and turned them into junk jewelry like I've seen selling close to $100
By Kate from Singapore
You can glue small round magnets to the backs of pins and earrings. They are bright and cheery, especially floral and starburst types. Just snap off the pin backs and clips or posts with a pair of needle nose pliers, then glue on the magnets with either a glue gun or cement type glue.
By Karen H. from Pawtucket, RI
Approximate Time: 30 minutes plus drying time
For an alternative to felt and ribbon, simply paint the watchstrap with leather shoe dye or watered down fabric paints.
Customize some cheap watches bought from a budget store; they'll make perfect gifts for all your family and friends. You could even create a gift box for each watch or to give guests a real surprise, make your own crackers and place a festive timepiece inside each one.
By Anne from United Kingdom
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What you'll need:
With needle nosed pliers, disassemble all of your scrap jewelry pieces. Spread the pieces on a cloth for easy access. Decide which beads and charms compliment each other, and group them into piles. The sample brooch features a collection of heart shaped charms. On cardboard backing, arrange the pieces so that none of the cardboard shows. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the pieces to the cardboard and to one another. Overlap some pieces and have fun with varying arrangements. They can be glued into shapes, such as half moons, crescents, squares, circles, or lines.
A colorful bead or charm will add zest to your brooch. Add ribbon and lace scraps to the piece for more personality. A few feathers poking upward or fur trim along the edges will make your design scream "original".
On the back of your brooch, hot glue either the permanently closed arm of a large safety pin or a pin back from the craft store. Don't forget to sign the cardboard backing. Your creation is a work of art!
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By Teresa P.