Repurposing Vintage Costume Jewelry

It’s fun to collect vintage costume jewelry, and older pieces are often of higher quality than their modern equivalents.   Older pieces often reflect the style of a bygone era, and they’re usually big, bold and colorful.

That’s great, but sometimes you find that you’ll have pieces that you can no longer use.  The reasons may vary; you might have an orphan earring that has lost its mate.  Or a necklace or earrings that have a broken clasp.  They could be repaired, but sometimes with less expensive jewelry, even of the vintage variety, it’s just not worth the trouble or expense to fix them.

pumps with vintage jewelryIn those cases, what can you do?  You could just throw the damaged pieces away, and that’s likely what most people do.  That’s fine; the landfills are already full of vintage costume jewelry and on the whole, it’s not really rare.

But you could repurpose those stray pieces and make them into something a bit more useful.

I recently came across an interesting blog post that offers 25 different ways to repurpose your old costume jewelry, and they had some clever ideas for putting damaged or orphan pieces to use.

I won’t go into too many details, as you can read the article to see all 25 ideas.  But a few of the interesting ones were:

Dress up your pumps – a vintage earring can give your pumps a little extra bling.  It shouldn’t be hard to take a pair of earrings and adjust them so they’ll fit on a pair of pumps and look like they belong there.

drawer pullsNapkin rings – Earrings or a brooch can also be used to adorn custom napkin rings.  These are easily made with some fancy ribbon and a bit of glue.  Everyone at your table can have one that looks unique.

Drawer Pulls – Sure, you can buy attractive drawer pulls at the local hardware store.  But why not make some that are truly unique and interesting?

Refrigerator magnets – Refrigerator magnets are often boring, but you can bring them to life by adding a bit of jewelry to them.  Like most of these ideas, it just takes some patience and a bit of glue.

I’m not really the creative sort, and I’m certainly not the arts and craftsy kind, but these projects are both interesting and easy to do, so I might give a couple of them a try.