Do you have a jewelry box full of costume jewelry that you just don’t ever wear? Have you ever wondered what to do with all that jewelry? I’ve been collecting vintage jewelry for years and have always wondered if there is something else that I could do with some of the broken or otherwise unworn pieces. Well, I found 25 things that I can do with it! I’ve collected 25 different ways that you can repurpose your old vintage jewelry and turn it into some amazing things.
I’m so excited about this collection. Even if you don’t have a ton of costume jewelry on hand, you can find it at thrift stores and flea markets for just a few dollars. In fact, Goodwill normally sells bags of it for about $5 or less and you get so many pieces to work with. Jewelry is one of my passions and even if I’m turning those jewelry pieces into something completely different, I just love working with beautiful things. If you have newer jewelry that you don’t want to use for other projects and need some organization, be sure to check out these 25 DIY jewelry organizing projects.
Anytime I can dress things up is a good thing and I love that most of these projects are using vintage jewelry to dress up ordinary things. There are tutorials in here that teach you how to turn ordinary picture frames into real works of art and even a couple of wonderful projects to dress up your shoes. And, speaking of DIY shoes, be sure to take a look at these DIY designer shoes that you can make with glue and lace. They’re perfect for warmer weather.
Now, let’s talk about how many ways you can incorporate vintage jewelry into your décor. From beautiful picture frames to topiary art and even a stunning jeweled Christmas tree print, you can use that costume jewelry to create so many beautiful DIY works of art. I can’t wait for you to try some of these projects and of course, I want to hear all about which ones you have made.
1. DIY Bejeweled Topiary Art
You can easily turn those old jewelry pieces into beautiful artwork that you can then display throughout your home. These topiaries are made from old necklaces and brooches and they are absolutely amazing. You can decorate them however you like, which is why I really love this idea. Just create the base for your topiary pictures and then fill in the blanks with that old costume jewelry.
2. Bedazzled Belt
Take that old vintage jewelry and dress up your otherwise boring belts. You can pick up old belts at most thrift stores for around a dollar each if you don’t have one on hand already. Then, dress up that buckle with your vintage necklaces and other jewelry and make it fabulous. Just glue an old brooch or smaller pieces from necklaces and earrings to the buckle to give it a little pizzazz.
3. Vintage Jewelry Turned Bookmarks
I love the idea of turning old jewelry into bejeweled bookmarks. I’m quite the bookworm myself so anything to do with books is great by me. Old brooches, necklaces or earrings can be turned into stunning bookmarks that are perfect for gifts. Just add the jeweled piece to a strip of ribbon and you have a gorgeous bookmark that is better than anything you can buy in a store.
4. DIY Beaded Sandals
beads from their strands and then you sew them onto your sandals. This is a great DIY if you have old beaded jewelry that has been broken and you want to preserve the beads.
5. DIY Necklace Turned Bracelet
If you have pieces like necklaces or earrings that you don’t wear but you really like the design or coloring, you can turn those pieces into a bracelet that you may wear more often than the original pieces. A bracelet blank lets you take the jewelry pieces that you love and put them right there on a bracelet – all together. You can pick up bracelet blanks at most craft stores and then just glue on the pieces that you want.
6. Repurposed Costume Jewelry Camera Strap
I love unique camera straps for some reason. I just think all great photographers are bound to have their own creative strap, right? Like musicians and their guitar straps. Anyway, you can take that vintage costume jewelry and turn it into this amazing and really unique camera strap, no matter what type of camera you use. I love pearls for this and then maybe a jeweled brooch, but you could do any type of jewelry that best suits your style.
7. DIY Jeweled Christmas Tree
Turn that costume jewelry into a beautifully festive Christmas tree! This is a rather intricate project but certainly one that is well worth the time that you’ll put into it. These jeweled Christmas tree pictures sell at craft shows for hundreds of dollars, but you can make your own with just some old jewelry, a frame, and a few hours of time. Not only is it beautiful, it has such a wonderful vintage, old-world look and feel.
8. Vintage Cameo Cuff Bracelet
Cameos are my favorite vintage jewelry pieces. They remind me of a beautiful brooch that my grandmother used to wear. That said, you can turn that vintage cameo into wonderful pieces of updated jewelry, like this great cameo and filigree cuff bracelet that I found on Etsy. If you don’t want to do the work yourself, you can pick this one up for around $45.
9. DIY Jeweled Drawer Pulls
Turning old jewelry into beautiful drawer pulls is definitely on my to do list. These are just gorgeous and so much better than anything you can buy at the hardware store. If you’re planning to remodel the bathroom, jeweled drawer pulls would be perfect. You can also replace the pulls or cabinet handles in your kitchen or even on your dresser drawers. You could have jewels in every room!
10. Repurposed Jewelry Gift Tags
Who wouldn’t adore receiving a gift with a jeweled gift tag? Plus, these are super easy to make. You can do themed jewelry from old charm bracelets or just add a stunning brooch to a package to dress it up. This is a great way to use up some of that vintage jewelry that you have laying around and add some extra sparkle to your gifts at the same time.
11. DIY Jeweled Bobby Pins
Plain bobby pins can get new life when you add those jeweled buttons or pieces of your vintage jewelry. You just have to glue the pieces onto the end of the bobby pin and you’ve got spectacular hair decorations that are perfect for every occasion. These jeweled hair pins would be great for proms or weddings or just anytime you want to add a little something special to your ‘do.
12. DIY Vintage Jewelry Lampshade
If you are looking to add a romantic feel to the bedroom, this DIY jeweled lampshade is the perfect accessory. You can do this in so many different ways. It’s completely customizable so whatever jewelry you have on hand will work perfectly. Add pearls for a romantic look or whimsical colorful jewelry for kids’ rooms. This is a great way to spark your creativity and create something stunning at the same time.
13. Repurposed Vintage Jewelry Magnets
Really dress up your kitchen and office with these repurposed vintage jewelry magnets. Just take those old pins or necklaces or even earrings and glue them onto magnet bases. Then you can use these gorgeous magnets to hold notes on the fridge or on your office bulletin board. You can get magnets at any craft store and this is a really easy project to do. These would make wonderful gifts as well.