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 some of my all-time favorite upcycled jewelry projects to hopefully spark your creative imagination! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

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Sadie Spotlight: RMK Collection

Sadie Spotlight: RMK Collection

As everyone should know by now, I am a HUGE fan of upcycled vintage jewelry. It’s something I love to do myself, but even more so, I love finding new artisans that create amazing pieces for me to add to my collection! Last spring, I attended a local vintage market and absolutely fell in love with a new-to-me booth, RMK Collection. It was hard for me to pick a single item to purchase, but I ended up with a sublime bracelet made from an old school locker tag and a broken brooch.Read more ›

Antique Textile Spool Jewelry Tree

Antique Textile Spool Jewelry Tree

With a lengthy textile history, it’s no surprise that antique malls across North and South Carolina are often filled with cotton mill relics- spools, and spindles, and bobbins, and looms! They range in size, shape, condition, and price, but the question always remains:

What can I do with these??” Read more ›

Thriftique-Chic Vintage Fabric-Wrapped Bangles

Thriftique-Chic Vintage Fabric-Wrapped Bangles

Anyone who does any sort of crafting/upcycling or spends time on Pinterest is well aware of fabric-wrapped bangles. It’s not a new idea by any stretch! BUT…my dainty hands and wrists (quite literally the only dainty body parts I’ve got) put the “bane” in bangle, because I never find any that fit well.Read more ›

“Coined” Metal Button Jewelry

“Coined” Metal Button Jewelry

When I was a little girl, I loved looking through my mother’s jewelry box. In fact, I still enjoy doing that whenever I visit! I clearly remember one of my favorite pieces of hers- it was a bracelet made of layered old coins, sandwiched between two chains. I had also been a quasi-coin collector as a kid, so the bracelet really struck my fancy.

As I reminisced about my mom’s old bracelet, I stumbled across an artisan who has created a gorgeous line of jewelry using smashed metal buttons…which, ironically, resemble old coins! So I give her all the credit for this amazing DIY idea- an idea I instantly fell in love with.

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Miniature Book Pendants from Repurposed Book Pages

Miniature Book Pendants from Repurposed Book Pages

Two facts you should know about me: (1) I love old books, and (2) I love miniature ANYTHING. My bibliophile tendencies date way back…in fact, I’m pretty sure it’s a genetic affliction. And now that I think about it, my obsessions with all things dainty is just as genetic.

So, why not combine these two loves and add in a third obsession- DIY Upcycled Jewelry?Read more ›

Organization: The Easiest Upcycle

Organization: The Easiest Upcycle

Earlier this month, I did a repurposing-based video shoot for a local thrift store. I was able to choose the theme of it (beyond just upcycling and repurposing) and because it was in the earliest days of January, I chose to focus on Organization. “Getting organized” is often a New Year’s resolution for folks, and I don’t know about you, but getting organized sounds a lot more fun that losing weight or saving money!Read more ›

Pulley Pendants: Steampunk’s Softer Side

Pulley Pendants: Steampunk’s Softer Side

When I found these itty-bitty pulleys way back in February 2014, I knew right away they were the perfect jewelry-making component. But months- nearly a YEAR!- went by before I thought about making them again. Well, my friends, the time has finally come.Read more ›

“Found Objects” Brooch Holder

“Found Objects” Brooch Holder

I have to admit, this project is a play on an idea I saw on Pinterest. The original idea involved an antique oil can, with a large industrial spindle slid onto the long spout. Then, rolls of jute were pushed onto the spindle- and ta-da, a pin holder!

I loved the idea, but I was a little concerned about placing an old oil can on my dresser. Sure, I have a handful of them- but they’ve stayed untouched because I’m not overly excited about finding a way to clean them…and possibly drain them, as needed.

But I did need something to hold my brooches, so I decided to improvise. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.Read more ›

Vintage Curtain Tie Back Holiday Necklace

Vintage Curtain Tie Back Holiday Necklace

Once of the first treasures that I purchased at the 2014 Country Living Fair in Atlanta, GA were these two curtain tieback pins. They probably date back to the ‘40s or ‘50s, and at the time, I really didn’t know what I’d do with them.

Vintage curtain tie back to be repurposed into a festive Christmas holiday necklace by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Hmmmm…these have potential to be repurposed, no?

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