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Recycled Jewelry Craft Ideas

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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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May 11, 2015

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.

Total Time: 2.5-3.0 hours

Yield: 1 necklace

Link: www.miss-elaine-yus.com

Supplies:

  • 5-7 plastic spacers (or hard paper tubes)
  • 6-7 yd scrap yarn
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun ($.5)
  • size "J" crochet hook
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Steps:

  1. Determine the colors you want. I went for a nice variegated yarn for the center then two of each on the sides that matched (as close as I could get) to the colors. If you make yours with 7 instead of 5, you could go solid, solid, variegated, solid, variegated, solid, solid.
  2. Roll your 6-7 yard ball so it's not too big to pass through the tube. If you have to, roll it like an oval so you can pass it through. You will give up if you have to keep pulling that much yarn through it so make it easiest.
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  4. Put some glue in the middle of the inside of the tube, and use your scissors to press the end of your yarn inside until it's cool. Snap it off and begin wrapping the yarn around the inside and out, keeping it taut. When you finish, glue the end to the inside again and cut off any excess.
  5. When done with all the tubes, crochet a chain the length you need to determine the length you want. Thread the tubes onto the chain and tie the end. Work in or trim the tails.
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I had planned this during my year long scrap yarn fundraiser but didn't get it in.

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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

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