Repurposed Regalia: Upcycled Jewelry Projects

Repurposed Regalia: Upcycled 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!

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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. My favorite is my green daffodil which even Jeni Britton Bauer admired!

Vintage Cameo Spoon Pendants by Sadie Seasongoods

Cameo Spoon Pendants

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!

Thrifted pearl and hemp twine bracelet

Reimagined thrift store pearls… add hemp to create beachy jewelry!

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 spool and flour sack fabric necklace pendant

Love how cute and colorful these spool pendants are!

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?

Smashed vintage metal button coin jewelry

Smashed metal buttons look like coins- who knew?!

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 tieback pin upcycled necklace

Vintagecurtain tiebacks as focal pieces…

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.

Vintage handkerchief shabby bracelet

Easy peasy DIY Anthro look!

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!!

Vintage miniature pulley pendant necklace

Steampunk’s softer side…

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?

Vintage fabric wrapped bangles

Boutique look for the thrift store price!

Antique Book Pendants

Leather-bound books are just so sexy, aren’t they? Well, ok, if not sexy then they are at least handsome! And since I can’t afford my own library of old classics, then I just need to make my own miniature version using leftover leather scraps and the falling-out pages from a vintage novella!

Vintage looking miniature book pendant

Mini books- so cute!

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 chunky necklace

Such a sassy scarf salvage project…

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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!

S

 

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Comments

  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…
    Eilis@MyHeartLivesHere

  4. magknj72 says:

    These are so pretty…very creative! Thanks for sharing on Hit Me With Your Best Shot
    http://www.mylifeinprogress.org

  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. 🙂

    ~Lorelai
    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.
    hugs,
    Jann

  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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