What to do with Old Jewelry Part 1

Have fun embellishing serving utensils! I did. All you need are some serving utensils (I bought mine at Walmart and Target) and old jewelry.
I’ve been buying old earrings at tag sales. You know the ones I’m talking about... that your grandmother wore – huge clip on earrings, some are prettier than others.
Here is some of the jewelry that I’ve bought at tag sales.

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This is my grandmother’s jewelry box. I thought it fitting that the old jewelry should be in this  ornate gold colored jewelry box.

old jewelry box

Now to show what I did with some of this jewelry. I’m going to be doing a series of 3 or 4 posts on this. I keep finding new ways to use old jewelry!! :)
Here is what I did with TWO old bracelets....

I bought this  spatula at Walmart... I was going to fix these up and give them as Valentine gifts. Well, that didn’t happen!

metal spatula

Here is an old bracelet I bought at a  tag sale. I took the clasps off both ends of the bracelet.

old bracelet


serving spatula fun

I wired the bracelet onto the handle. It was actually quite easy. I wrapped the wire around and around and tucked the ends in the front underneath the bracelet.

back of handle


jewels for serving


Then my daughter, Kristy, gave me an old jeweled bracelet which I immediately took apart to decorate these two serving spoons. I forgot to take a picture of the spoons without the jewels but this was in the first stages when I had just split the bracelet in 2 pieces and glued them onto the spoons.

serving spoons with jewelry

After gluing the bracelets onto the large serving spoons, I glued the 2 rhinestone earrings onto the end of the spoons and wired the whole thing together.



rhinestones 3

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I decorated some serving pieces with old jewelry. This was so much FUN!!! And it was EASY! And they came out GREAT!  (Well, I’m pretty happy with the way they turned out, anyway.) And this craft didn’t cost a ton of money. The two serving spoons were $1.99 at Target and the old bracelet was 50 cents. It makes a nice gift, too.
My sister and I have always said that that is the criteria for a good craft – it has to be fun, easy, and quick but look like you spent hours making it!!  ha ha

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  1. Hi Linda,
    These are beautiful. Love the different ideas.

  2. Those look great! So fancy.
    I have seen these at many craft
    fairs with very high prices.
    Are you doing a post with earrings.

    M :)

    1. Yes, I have 2 posts coming with old earrings. YAY.

  3. That's a really neat idea. And really cute....... I like.

  4. So pretty, Linda! I love frugal crafts that look like they cost a fortune. They would make a perfect gift - so lovely!

  5. Absolutely adorable, Linda...my kinda bling!

  6. That looks so great! Love the look, I have bought several similar pieces but never thought of doing it myself, how much fun!

    1. Yup. Fun and easy. Thanks for joining the conversation, Jenna.

  7. What a great (and easy!) way to add bling to your serving pieces!


    1. Hi, Noreen, Well, you are the crafty person also. :) Take care, Linda

  8. Hello Linda, brilliant idea, they look gorgeous, I have taken all (lots) my jewelry apart to use in my art work.. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea...

  9. Fantastic and beautiful! I wish I were that creative. I just have to read blogs to get ideas like that.

    Linking with my Ladies


  10. Very cool idea! I also collect vintage jewelry - isn't it fun? Happy Friday from the enchanted oven.

  11. Great ideas! I never would have thought to do this!


  12. These are so gorgeous! What a fun project!

  13. Oh!! So sparkly! Love how they turned out Linda!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer last week. Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening! Have a great day!!

  14. I love what you have done with the old pieces. Guess I will have to start digging though my old stuff and seeing what I can repurpose. Wonderful idea, and it makes a person really start dreaming of what we can create. Thanks for the inspiration. Have a great week. :)

  15. Lovely, thanks for sharing at repurposed ideas weekly.

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