Written by: Brittany Bluford
Make earrings using a spoon?
It may sound impossible, but jewelry can be made using typical household items or things labeled as trash. There are many resources available making crafters and non-crafters think twice before heading to the garbage. From safety pins to spoons, here are seven ways to turn trash to treasure.
- 1. Design plastic earrings using old credit cards or bottles to add a little flair to Monday’s meeting.
Designing credit card earrings are quick, easy, and require little expertise. You simply cut the credit card into strips, place it on a wooden board for support, hole punch, and attach to an earring hook. Also, there are many different variations to these earrings.
- 2. Use wire as support for beads to liven up Tuesday’s work wear.
Beads are a common product used to make necklaces and bracelets, and many people have wire around the house. Measure the amount of wire needed, trim, string on beads, crimp and remove excess wire. Using the wire is a great way to get rid of junk and make something crafty.
- 3. Create a stand out necklace using a lock or spare keys for a little hmph in Humpday.
If you’re continuously moving and end up with a bunch of keys you don’t need, a necklace is a great way to re-use items. You can string on multiple or a single key to create the necklace. Also, to make it more personalized use glitter or paint to decorate the key.
- 4. Assemble safety pins and beads to make friendship bracelets to hand out at Thursday’s girls’ night out.
It takes little time, beads and scissors to create a safety pin bracelet, and there are many different kinds and patterns. Once the pattern and style is chosen, you can create the bracelets.
- 5. Recycle old spoons into pendants or bracelets to dress up your casual Friday outfit.
Spoons can be used in a variety of ways to make jewelry. One way is a pendant necklace. Bend the spoon back and forth until it breaks, use forceps to make a hook on broken part, put on a chain and design it anyway you like.
- 6. Transform broken china into a broken plate necklace and wear it to your next Saturday dinner party.
A broken china necklace is a great way to recycle a damaged dish. Cut out the pieces, foil and solder, join the pieces, add a clasp and embellish.
- 7. Modify coins from change to pendants and wear them as you complete Sunday’s errands.
A creative alternative to spending pennies is to make a necklace. Find a hard surface, create a hole in the coin, straighten the warped spots, put a jump ring through the hole, and thread a chain through.
There are many more items that can be used to create jewelry, but these seven materials are a great place to start.