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 ›

Upcycled Storage and Organization Project Ideas

Upcycled Storage and Organization Project Ideas

People tell me constantly that they have no idea how to “get into” upcycling- and they ask me how I come up with all of my ideas. I wish I could tell them that I’m the Sorceress of Repurposing, but the truth is, I’m not- I just enjoy finding a different use for something, regardless of what that “something” is.

And yes, upcycling is trendy and hip and all the rage, but really, we’ve been doing it for generations. Did your mother ever store leftovers in empty margarine containers? If you grew up in a cold climate, did she ever slip plastic bread bags over your feet before stuffing them in your snow boots? That, my friends, is upcycling in its most simple and purest of forms.

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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.Read more ›