DIY: 3 Easy Ways to Upcycle Your Vintage Jewelry

Posted On Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
Filed Under: DIY, Style Guide


Though I love a good DIY, if a project has more than 10 steps or requires a ton of tools, I can’t get with it. That’s why I’m all about the quick, easy DIYs anyone of any skill can achieve.

You might remember when I raided my grandmother’s closet for her vintage clothes and jewelry. While I’ve worn some of the pieces, a bit of the jewelry is broken. Fabulous, but broken or just not my style. Instead of tossing them, I decided to remix the broken jewelry.

Check out the easy DIYs below and see how I incorporate the vintage jewelry into wardrobe basics {button down shirt, clutch, strappy sandals} every woman has.


Button down shirts are a dime a dozen, but who says they have to look boring? Clip on earrings are soooo painful to wear, so instead I clipped them to my collar! This literally took a few seconds and I can remove them at any time or swap out the earrings for another pair that compliments my outfit.


I’m pretty clumsy so I try to stay away from krazy glue, but I managed to tackle this DIY clutch without any snafus. I took this broken brooch and added it to the front clasp of an envelope clutch I thrifted a few years ago. The back of the brooch had a clasp that I removed with some pliers and I also added a small patch of fabric to the back so it could easily adhere to the leather purse. After letting it dry for a few minutes, I had a new-to-me clutch that’s ready for a night out!




And finally, I jazzed up a pair of t-strap sandals I scored a few years ago from a clothing swap. The structure of the shoes made them perfect for a pair of clip on gems. The back of these jewels already had a clip/hook on the back, so it was a no brainer to add them to the ankle strap. Even if your jewels don’t have a built in hook, you can easily glue them on to the ankle strap or even the back of the shoe.


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Whether you’re looking to revamp some of your older threads or want to add a unique twist to your department store finds, check in your jewelry box to see what might work. Play around and have fun!

Have you ever used a jewelry DIY to update your style? How do you upcycle broken jewelry?

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3 thoughts on “DIY: 3 Easy Ways to Upcycle Your Vintage Jewelry

  1. I have kept some of my grandmother’s broken jewelry for years just because it was hers and very pretty when she would have been wearing the pieces. Thanks for giving me ideas on using them.

  2. Hello, I love how you added the vintage brooch to the black envelope clutch in the above pictures. Did you also make the brown clutch above and is it for sale? I just love it!

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