There are almost endless ways to upcycle your old jewellery. Craft expert Penelope Quinn shows us how!
Most of us have a box that is full to overflowing with old jewellery – whether it be broken chains, lone lost earrings, pendants, and other assorted sparkles and bling. Some have got sentimental value, others are just too pretty to throw away. Instead of keeping them locked in a drawer, why not breathe new life into them with these fun and easy ideas?
1. Friendship bracelet
What better way to show a close friend you care than giving them a gift you’ve made yourself?
2. Chain bib
Who would’ve thought you could create something so beautiful out of an old chain and suede? Best of all, you can put it together in minutes!
3. Lip balm locket
Love this idea for giving new life to an old locket!
4. Statement necklace
You’ll get so many compliments on this piece no one will believe you’ve made it yourself!
5. Broken china jewellery
Broken your favourite dish, vase or cup? Don’t throw it away, with a bit of know-how you can turn it into a beautiful keepsake.
6. DIY button necklace
This is a beautiful idea for vintage buttons, and it’s so simple to do! You’ll need some felt, buttons some glue and a chain to make this statement piece.
7. DIY bracelet
Make something really special from those old earrings.
If you’ve got a bunch of beautiful broaches hiding away in a jewellery box, why not put them on display with this beautiful topiary? Just paint a Styrofoam ball any colour you wish.
9. Hair broach
Armed with some ribbon, glue and fake flowers, you can turn any old broach into a beautiful hair piece.
10. Fridge magnets
Got lonely buttons, earrings or broaches that you’ll never wear but cant bear to get rid of? Simply glue onto a strong magnet and pop them on your fridge to admire every day. Also great presents!
11. Blinged out iPhone cover
Turn your smartphone into a thing of bedazzled beauty! – all you need is a plain case, some strong glue, and some lonely earrings, broaches and assorted bling.
12. Bling your bottles
Bring an old bottle back to life by using a combination of lace, jewellery and ribbons to create a beautiful gift.
13. Create a beautiful windchime
This is such a simple idea, yet would make a beautiful addition to any little girls room!