Upcycled Jewelry Tutorial: From Handmade Spark Member Catherine Ivins
For this year’s recycled holiday gift countdown let’s make some easy, peasy jewelry!
If you are like me you probably have a drawer full of buttons and another drawer filled with those hard non-recyclable (until now) plastic bottle caps.
With some black cording from the craft store and a few metal pipe clamps from the hardware store (my favorite place) you can create some amazing interchangeable (that doing more with less thing again) necklaces you will be proud to give and your friends will be happy to get!
some buttons of various sizes
a couple plastic bottle caps
metal hose clamps
thin black cording or chain
1. drill hole in center of bottle cap 2. thread stack of buttons backward from smallest to largest 3. push both ends of cording into bottle cap and tie off 4. cut off any loose ends (good life lesson here) 5. loosen clamp with screwdriver, insert bottle cap and tighten 6. add cording or thin chain to slot on back of clamp
Catherine Ivins is a mad scientist mom and recycler living at the Jersey Shore using repurposed, recycled and sustainable materials in new, unique and beautiful ways committed to leaving the lightest possible footprint in her wake. She has two shops Handmade Spark Mini Sites, uncorked and polarity.