5 Easy Pieces – The Upcycled Jewelry Edition


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Stylish rubber bands turned necklace by Margarita Mileva.

Stylish rubber bands turned necklace by Margarita Mileva.

As part of a new series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ll be gathering our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that.

From Teacups to Bracelets

Get ready for tea time!

Get ready for tea time! Photo: StayGoldMaryRose

Abigail Maryrose Clark takes antique tea cups sourced and created in the UK and cuts them into bracelets for an adorable bangle. Tea time anyone?

For more beautiful pieces, visit Etsy.com/shop/StayGoldMaryRose.

From Costume to Chic

Blu Kat Designs re-uses old gaudy jewelry to make a more contemporary design.

Not your grandma's jewels.

Blu Kat Designs re-uses old, gaudy, big, and colorful jewelry to make new, chic, big, and colorful jewelry that has a more contemporary tilt. Just imagine these rhinestones dripping down your neckline.

For more dazzle, visit Etsy.com/shop/BluKatDesign.

From Motherboard to Ear

Gorgeous and intricate, beautify is found in a place that isn't normally seen.

Be a computer nerd with these earrings.

Gorgeous and intricate, beauty is found in a place that isn’t normally seen when high tech becomes high design.

For more techy-hotness, visit Upcycledjewelry.com.

From Legos To Jewels

This is not your standard repurposed lego.

A beautiful pinwheel.

Repurposing legos for other builds and designs has always been a fun thing to do and watch, for adults and children alike, but you could always tell what medium the creators were using. Emiko Oye uses legos but the color combinations create a beautifully new feel so you don’t look like you are hanging a child’s toy from your ears.

For your own colorful adornments, visit Blog.rewarestyle.com.

From Rubber Bands to Necklaces

A much more stylish use of rubber bands. Photo: Margarita Mileva.

A much more stylish use of rubber bands.

There are so many ways to play with rubber bands but this design is completely unique. Just don’t use them in your hair.

For your own, visit Etsy.com/shop/margaritamileva.

Fill Us In

Tell us what’s missing, what we need to know and who is making heads turn. Share in the comments!

  • Fingerprint Jewellery

    Wow, great article, I really appreciate your thought process and having it explained properly, thank you!

  • I was browsing about this since last 30 minutes on google.

  • Staci Nazareth

    I like to make jewelry out of thrifted and donated items.  You can check them out here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ConstantlyUnfolding/search?search_query=upcycled&search_submit=&search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_6473993&shopname=ConstantlyUnfolding

  • black diamond stud earrings

    Thanks for the information regarding the black diamond rings. I too agree with you that there are many people who like unique rings for their wedding. Your post is a great description on such style. 

  • Margarita

    Thank you for featuring my rubber bands.
    What a great company!
    Hope to see you on fb:

  • aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Heather, I LOVE the bold stuff you make. It really inspires me to go home, take apart all my jewelry and make it better. :)

  • They are so cool! Would love to hear more about how you make them!

  • Heather O’Cain

    Thanks so much for featuring my necklace; what great upcycled finds! Love the rubber band necklace!


    Thank you so much for featuring my Teacup bracelets. 

    Abigail: StayGoldMaryRose