Upcycled Vintage Jewelry

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

I’ve got a little satin bag full of the sparkly costume jewelry that both my grandmothers used to wear to parties and I love to peek at their elegance, but I very rarely use them. They are a little too fancy for everyday wear for me and I don’t often have a chance to go somewhere where they would be fitting. So I’ve been on the lookout for some projects to use them with. I love their glamour, they deserve to be used and worn and these projects are just the ticket!

Vintage Costume Jewelry Christmas Tree by Burlap and Denim

Vintage Costume Jewelry Christmas TreeBurlap & Denim

Well of course! A sparkly Christmas tree! I love the idea of making a Holiday display that sparkles and shines with the glint of vintage jewelry.

Vintage Costume Jewelry Christmas Tree by Burlap and Denim

Vintage Costume Jewelry Christmas Tree – Burlap & Denim

This pearl edged version is particularly pretty as well!

Great Grandma's Jewels by Simply Julie

Great Grandma’s JewelsSimply Julie

And here’s a way to make those sparkly jewels a little more suitable for every day use! Pretty little hairpins topped with something vintage and fun! These would be especially pretty for a little girls party hairdo!

Rhinestone Brooch Bouquet by Noaki Etsy Shop

Rhinestone Brooch BouquetNoaki Jewelry Etsy Shop

Ok, a bridal bouquet isn’t really everyday, but what an amazing way to carry memories of those who are no longer around for the wedding with you down the aisle? Such a beautiful bouquet!

Have you used vintage jewelry in any of your projects? Send us pictures! We’d love to see them! And check out these and other Vintage costume jewelry projects on our Craft Trends Pinboard!

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About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

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