Upcycled and Repurposed DIY Jewelry Projects

Upcycled and Repurposed DIY Jewelry Projects

Designing and creating my own one-of-a-kind jewelry from any number of vintage or thrifted items is one of my favorite pastimes. In fact, I can’t even recall the last time I bought costume jewelry at a big box store! I love the feeling of wearing something unusual and unique…and my DIY accessories are such mood lifters from the compliments I receive. So I decided to dig through the Sadie archives and round up 10 of my all-time favorite upcycled jewelry projects to hopefully spark your creative imagination! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.


Cameo Spoon Pendants

Finding these never-used vintage cameos in various colors was a definite highlight while junkin’ in Fernandina Beach, Florida! And once I paired them with flattened vintage spoons, I completely fell in love…so much so that I kept four for myself before selling a few in my Etsy shop.

DIY necklace pendant with a repurposed antique silverplate spoon and vintage cameo by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Pearl and Hemp Bracelet

This project was one of my earliest blog posts…but something about taking a stodgy strand of $2 thrift store pearls, pairing them with funky hemp twine, and reimagining everything as breezy, beachy jewelry still resonates today! While I can’t teach you how to master the perfect beachy hair waves, I can help you create the perfect coastal accessory!

Repurposing pearls from a thrift store pearl necklace into a refashioned bracelet jewelry using hemp cord by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Vintage Spool & Flour Sack Necklace

These colorful characters are simple to make and eye-catching to wear. Old wooden spools get a splashy paint job, and then scraps of old flour sack fabric are mod-podged around the spool- DONE! Slide it on a chain and you are good to go- little to no skill required!

Vintage wooden thread spools to be repurposed with antique flour sack fabric into shabby chic necklace pendants by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Metal Button “Coin” Bracelet

You know what’s a lot of fun to do? Smashing old metal buttons with a hammer and an anvil. Cathartic, stress-relieving, and then when you’re done, you have lovely “coins” ready to become jewelry! I just LOVE how they look when they’re flat- isn’t that amazing?

Vintage metal buttons smashed and flattened into repurposed faux coins for DIY Upcycled coin bracelet jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Curtain Tieback Necklace

Here’s an idea that, while Christmas-y in this combination, is definitely unique- using vintage curtain tieback pins in jewelry! A quick search on Etsy finds all kinds of options…some of which would make darling coat and hat pins, and then others (like the red one I used) make for a wonderful focal piece in an upcycled necklace!

Vintage curtain tie back repurposed and upcycled into a festive Christmas holiday Poinsettia necklace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Boho Handkerchief Bracelets

Creating sweet, simple bracelets in the Anthropologie aesthetic is easier (and cheaper!) than you may think. Vintage handkerchiefs (clean ones, don’t worry!) are snipped, frayed, and braided together to make a mismatched set of shabby perfection…in just a few minutes’ time.

DIY Anthropologie style shabby chic boho vintage handkerchief braided bracelet by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Miniature Pulley Pendants

While I’ve often admired the style of Steampunk from afar, I never acquired any pieces with that theme…until I found the most adorable itty-bitty pulleys that ever existed! And then I couldn’t stop making pendants with them, using bits from broken earrings and chandeliers. I kept one for myself and sold the others on Etsy…and will forever be on the hunt for more pulleys!!

DIY steampunk necklace with a repurposed mini vintage industrial pulley, broken watch, Italian rosary beads, and salvaged chandelier crystals by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Shabby Wrapped Bangles

While wrapping thrifted plastic bangles with fabric is not a new idea, I do love using strips of vintage bed linens as my fabric of choice! They add vintage-y charm to some otherwise ugly bangles and turned them into a trio of baubles that look like they came from trendy boutique. Can’t beat that for a couple of dollars, can you?DIY shabby chic vintage fabric wrapped thrift store bangle bracelets by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Funky Scarf & Bead Necklace

Sometimes you find a fantastic old scarf only to realize it’s tattered, torn, or stained in places. What to do?? Why re-fashion it as a funky, chunky necklace of course! An easy, low-sew project, this piece is definitely a conversation starter…and that old scarf will look fabulous once again.

Vintage scarf to be repurposed with wooden beads into a DIY chunky necklace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Fabric Flower Brooches

With leftover vintage flour sack fabric burning a hole in my pocket…, err, fabric stash, I decided to make some fun brooches. Easy to make, and totally customizable, I just love them!DIY flower brooch craft project with vintage fabric and buttons by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Rhinestone Button Charm Bracelet

Tell me I’m not the only woman on this planet that refers vintage rhinestones to real diamonds?!? And isn’t this a terrific way to use those gorgeous rhinestone shank buttons that you’ve been hanging onto without knowing how to use them? This is the ULTIMATE charm bracelet, let me tell you… DIY vintage rhinestone button charm bracelet by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Wooden Pendant Necklace

Who knew that the cross section of a vintage wooden tennis racket  was SO gorgeous inside?? It was an unexpected surprise during the creation of a very different project, but I had to showcase the layers of wood in a pendant, didn’t I?? Vintage wooden tennis racket repurposed as a DIY boho chic wood pendant necklace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Furniture Applique Brooch

It sounds crazy, even I know that- but salvaged furniture appliques can be transformed into gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, DIY brooches that are just perfect for fall and winter. I paired mine with humanely collected feathers and thrifted tweed to repurpose them into a noteworthy brooch. Well, brooches…because I couldn’t just make one! Creating DIY autumn winter coat brooch using repurposed vintage salvaged furniture applique, wool tweed from a thrift store coat, and humanely collected chicken feathers by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Mini Book Pendants

An old, falling-apart book from the thrift store and a few leather scraps are what you need to create the most DARLING miniature book pendant necklace! For the bibliophile in your life (and/or yourself), it doesn’t get much cuter than these…How to repurpose vintage book pages into a DIY upcycled miniature leatherbound book pendant necklace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com


Well, which one is your favorite?? I’m not sure I can pick one- and I enjoy wearing each of them as my outfits and social engagements allow. But it DOES make me itch to make a new repurposed jewelry project…or two…or three! So stay tuned…there are definitely more upcycled accessory posts coming in the future!

Craft on!


PIN ME!DIY Repurposed and Upcycled Jewelry Project Ideas, including necklaces, bracelets, and brooches by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com


  1. Elizabeth Little says:

    I love these ideas! Especially the bent spoons and spools. Very creative!

  2. Fonda Rush says:

    I really like the smashed metal button bracelet! I think I have the supplies to do that one immediately! What fun!

  3. You are very creative and talented! I’m off to visit your Etsy shop…

  4. magknj72 says:

    These are so pretty…very creative! Thanks for sharing on Hit Me With Your Best Shot

  5. These pieces are so beautiful! I am especially crazy about that smashed button “coin” bracelet. You are very talented! Thanks for linking up at Inspiration Thursday! Hope to see you next week.

  6. Great ideas! I love the leather pendant 😀 Thank you for sharing!

  7. These are beautiful. I really like the little clock and metal buttons pieces. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we’re looking forward to what you have to share next week. 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

  8. I love every one of these ideas, but my favorite are the adorable thread spool and fabric necklaces! They’d make adorable key chains too…I might just have to make myself one! Thanks for linking up at Create. Dream. Inspire. Link.

  9. Jannn Olson says:

    Lots of fun jewelry! I have made a hammered spoon necklace and it was fun. hanks for sharing with SYC.

  10. so many great ideas and all so lovely! I am seriously going to have to hit the thrift stores and yard sales so I can create my own line of jewelry 🙂 I hope you come back Friday and link to our upcycle craft challenge link party!

  11. I love all of these! I can’t even pick just one favorite! Thanks so much for sharing. Can’t wait to make some beautiful one-of-a-kind jewelry!

  12. Love these jewelry projects! Especially the coin bracelet and the pulley pendant. So cute! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again tomorrow night!

  13. Pretty, pretty, pretty! I love those boho bracelets!


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