Vintage costume jewelry is one of those things that's really fun to upcycle into something new. Why? Because...well, they're pretty, and sparkly, and girlie... and if you're lucky enough to inherit some from your family, the pieces have a special meaning, since they are a connection not only to the past, but to the past of someone you love.
Enamel flower pins, rhinestone brooches, orphaned earrings with clusters of pearls - even shoe clips have new life once they're upcycled into something new. Broken jewelry? There's a reason you kept it, isn't there? Check out the photos below and see what some creative folks have done with vintage costume jewelry and maybe you'll be inspired to go on an old jewelry treasure hunt of your own!
*One final note: Before you disassemble or repurpose any vintage jewelry, make sure it's not valuable!
A few more versions of a vintage brooch bouquets...
Not a bouquet type? How about a simple arrangement...
Create a floral arrangement with vintage brooches and old clip on earrings with wire and florist tape
Or redesign them into something entirely new...
This is a great way to make use of orphaned earrings: attach them to metal jewelry blanks with stong adhesive (E600) and string them together with jumprings and lengths of chain to create a unique necklace.
Bracelet made with vintage earrings by AmoreTreasure via Etsy (above and below)
Cute vintage jewelry belt buckle (above) and embellished purse (below) by Georgia Peachez
How about some home decor?
Swanky Fridge Magnets: Remove the pin-backs from old brooches with needle-nose pliers and replace with strong magnets
Create a costume jewelry bookmark with a length of velvet ribbon (DIY instructions from Country Living)
Napkin rings from old costume jewelry
What do you think?