Friendship Necklaces from a Pair of Vintage Clip On Earrings

Friendship Necklaces from a Pair of Vintage Clip On Earrings

When I was growing up, lots of little girls wore “Best Friends” necklaces. They consisted of a single heart charm that was “cracked” in half, and each girl would wear one of the halves. Fast forward a few decades to today, as I reinvent the idea of friendship necklaces (or mother daughter necklaces). But instead of a heart charm, I upcycled a pair of vintage earrings into matching pendants!Read more ›

How to Make a Button Bracelet / DIY Charm Bracelet

How to Make a Button Bracelet / DIY Charm Bracelet

I had seen versions of this idea floating around on Pinterest and just KNEW I had to make my own. And a button bracelet or DIY charm bracelet made from upcycled vintage buttons? DEFINITELY my style because I’ll be the first to admit that I actually prefer vintage rhinestone ANYTHING over real diamonds- crazy, I know!
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Making a Brooch Pin with Wood Appliques and Tweed Fabric

Making a Brooch Pin with Wood Appliques and Tweed Fabric

For two years now, I’ve had a bag of wood appliques (those wooden embellishments that furniture makers put on chairs and armoires, etc.) just sitting in my craft room. I purchased them at an architectural antiques store in Nashville, TN because they seemed PERFECT for a future project. At the time, I didn’t know what I’d do with them, but then I wondered if I could upcycle them into jewelry – specifically a brooch pin.
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Using Feed Sack Fabric or Grain Sack Fabric to Make a Lapel Flower

Using Feed Sack Fabric or Grain Sack Fabric to Make a Lapel Flower

After taking a lengthy break from upcycled jewelry making projects, I decided it was time for me to delve back into it- hope you don’t mind! I’ve made plenty of bracelets and necklaces…but never a brooch pin or lapel flower, so let’s rectify that right now! And I’m going to use my scraps of grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric to do it!Read more ›

Making Boho Jewelry / Wood Pendants from Vintage Tennis Rackets

Making Boho Jewelry / Wood Pendants from Vintage Tennis Rackets

I didn’t set out to make boho jewelry when I lopped the heads off of vintage tennis rackets for my Christmas cross stitch project. But, crafting kismet took over right from the start.
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How to Make Custom Jewelry with Upcycled / Repurposed Supplies

How to Make Custom Jewelry with Upcycled / Repurposed Supplies

Designing and creating my own custom 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 fashion jewelry at a big box store! I love the feeling of wearing cuff bracelets or cute necklaces that are one-of-a-kind to me.Read more ›

DIY Bracelets with Vintage Fabric and Broken Jewelry

DIY Bracelets with Vintage Fabric and Broken Jewelry

As a general rule, bangles don’t usually fit me very well. My wrists are – quite literally – the only dainty part of my body. Which means, the average bangle bracelet just won’t stay on. I took a chance and tried on these plastic bracelets from the thrift store and was blown away at how well they fit! I didn’t care much for their appearance, but I knew I could transform them into DIY bracelets that fit my look much better.Read more ›

Making Coin Jewelry / Boho Jewelry from Metal Buttons

Making Coin Jewelry / Boho Jewelry from Metal Buttons

I love old coin jewelry, but it can be expensive and difficult to make. But what about using vintage buttons – specifically metal buttons – that have been flattened on a blacksmith anvil? Trust me when I tell you that they look like Pieces of Eight or other old coins, and then are wonderfully upcycled into fun accessories, such as a coin necklace or coin bracelet.
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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 ›

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 ›