Upcycling Clothespin Springs into Jewelry

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I know, I know, I was supposed to put this up days ago so apologies for being tardy in posting this idea but, hey, it's a busy time of year.

Okay, so we've made use of our surplus clothespins, now what do we do with all those little springs? No, I'm not planning to toss mine. Instead here's a lovely idea for reusing these from Michele L. over at Michele Lina over at Mich L. in L.A

Michele's upcycled clothespin springs couldn't be lovelier. There are loads of other jewellry ideas for these springs. but I think Michele's are probably the best I've seen.

For her how-to photos and instructions, click here.

As I don't have the tools (nor the talent!), my idea is simpler. 

Yup - a simple necklace and I've had lots of compliments on it. Very few guessed what the necklace was made of. To make, all I did was slip the springs together in a circle. Easy-peasy and no tools required.

Four ways to recycle buttons

Posted on April 30, 2010 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Every time I buy a new sweater or blouse, there always seems to be a little plastic bag with a button or two inside. A great idea but I've never actually had to use these buttons. Besides, I almost always forget where I put the little package. So instead of throwing the buttons into a drawer to be forgotten, I figured that they can be recycled into cute cards. If you have a bit of material or interesting paper on hand, you can create a one-of-a-kind card that anyone would be happy to receive.

If you're lucky enough to have a stash of buttons, here are a three more ways to recycle them into something special.


Make Button Earrings. If you only have a couple of buttons that are too pretty to toss out, why not make yourself a pair of earrings. All you need are two identical buttons and you're off.

Make a Button Necklace. If you have a stash of earrings, Martha Stewart has instructions for making a really beautiful

Make a Button Bracelet. It's easy to create a one-ofa-kind bracelet from your buttons. Here's how:

  1. Cut elasticized cord long enough to wrap around the wrist twice. 
  2. To make a standard-button bracelet, thread elastic through from back to front and then to the back again (see above). 
  3. For four-hole buttons, thread elastic diagonally through two holes on opposite corners. 
  4. For a shank-button bracelet, thread elastic through shanks, turning every other button upside down to overlap. 
  5. Once you've strung on enough buttons to reach around the wrist, thread both ends of elastic and tie off. 
  6. Trim excess elastic.

Making paper beads

Posted on April 8, 2010 at 10:16 AM Comments comments (0)

At a recent impromptu workshop I handed participants some magazines and told them to go for it. What resulted was interesting, especially, the paper beads. I doubt if I have the patience to create something as intricate but don't they look gorgeous as a necklace. Making paper beads takes patience and loads of time but it costs nothing as you can recycle junk mail, magazines, comics, and gift wrap this way.

Recycling plastic bags and bottles into bangles

Posted on March 25, 2010 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (2)

A friend recently asked me if there was an easy way to recycle plastic grocery and bread bags into bracelets and bangles. She spotted some very sophisticated ones (see above) created by Stephanie Huffaker and sold on an Etsy site (Garden of Eden Designs) but wanted an easier method to show her daughter how to make them. The ones at Garden of Eden's site are very beautiful and probably took a lot of time and patience to create. Since I have neither, here's my own version.

I seem to recall posting info about these in an earlier blog but I can't find it so here's how to make these bangles.

  1. Take a plastic bottle and cut out a 2 to 3 inch band. Cut a one side of the band open. (This makes it easier to put the bangle on.) Set it aside.

  2. Cut your plastic bag into 2 to 3 inch wide strips.

  3. Start winding the bag strips around the plastic band until it is completely covered (make sure the windings are tight).

  4. When you come to the end of the plastic strip, add a little glue to it and tuck under the previous wind. And that's my version on how to upcycle plastic bags into bangles!

UPDATE: For instructions on how to make the bangles shown in the first photo, click here.

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