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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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January 4, 2008

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


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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



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


  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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By 2 found this helpful
June 5, 2012

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

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December 16, 2009

If you want to create an eye-catching fashion accessory for the holiday, why not have a go at making a fun, festive timepiece. All you need is an old watch; some felt or ribbon to cover the strap and a few additional items for decoration. In no time at all you'll have something to wear for that special party, where you're bound to stand out from the crowd and everyone is sure to want to ask you the time!

Approximate Time: 30 minutes plus drying time



  1. Make sure the strap on your watch is clean. Cut strips of felt or strong ribbon and glue them onto the strap. Let dry.

  2. Add sequins, feathers, flowers, etc. at intervals along the watchstrap for decoration.

  3. To finish, tie bows to either side of your watch face.

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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