Of Dreams & Seams Pet Purses
I can see using Dreams and Seams instructions and adding a wrist strap to make a mini-purse.
Bracelet from recycled plastic by Kirsten Sonne
necklace made entirely from recycled plastic
You seriously will want to take a look at all of the fabulous jewelry from artist Harriet Estel Berman entirely made from recycled and found objects.
from PS I Made This
necklace made from computer cabling
bracelets made from soda tabs
bracelets made from plastic bags
Kind of makes you think twice before tossing something in the recycling bin doesn’t it?
I have these “silver” bracelets that I picked up on a family vacation. I love that one is engraved with “family”, one with “friends”, and one with “faith”. I had fun wearing them until the silver rubbed off exposing the copper underneath in wacky patches, so I stuck them in a drawer and forgot about them.
One year later while packing for a trip to the same resort I came across the bracelets and for sentimental reasons wanted to bring them.
Out came my silver paint pen and several coats later I have brand new “silver” bracelets.
I thought about spray painting them but I was worried that the paint would fill in the words.
These pictures don’t really show the dramatic difference. Trust me, they went from unwearable to wearable with a few pen strokes.
Since I’ve upgraded my sunglasses and they’re now all over-sized I’ve found that none of my sunglasses cases work with my new lenses. So I set out looking for some other ways I could put my old sunglasses cases to use.
Gym and Beach Jewelry Holder
Stash sunglasses cases in your gym and beach bags and you’ll have a safe place to stash your jewelry when you take it off to work out or hit the waves.
Can you believe there's a sunglasses case under this glitter?
Grace over at Stripes and Sequins came up with an amazing idea for turning a sunglasses case into a small clutch purse. Check out her step-by-step tutorial – I promise, it’s a lot easier than it looks. I love her choice of rose gold glitter for this project.
Small Craft Project Case
A sunglasses case is perfect for a small craft project such as friendship bracelets or beadwork.
Stash some crayons and/or markers in a sunglass case and you’ll be prepared the next time you’re little one gets antsy at a restaurant. You can always ask the waitress for a piece of paper if you don’t have any with you.
That’s all I’ve got, but if you all think of any other ways to use old sunglasses cases please post in the Comments below.
You only get 10 cents for turning in a soda can at the recycling center – why not turn your soda cans into jewelry instead? Here are some ideas I found out on the Internet, collected from some of my favorite bloggers.
Upcycling: Re-imagining Our Waste has a fantastic tutorial on making very wearable Soda Can Jewelry.
Pop Tab Purse
Check out this HubPage on how to make a Pop Tab Purse! Wow! Seriously, wow!
Pop Tab Bracelet
Instructables has the Pop Tab Bracelet tutorial.
Soda Can “Tiles” Bracelet
made by Twelve Crafts Till Christmas
This tutorial tells you how to make these tiles, however I would use elastic in place of the fabric so that I wouldn’t have to bother with the button. Plus, I think it would look better without the button. Note to bleeding finger: the Modge Podge is a step you don’t want to skip. It coats the sharp edges of the soda can so that your jewelry is safe to wear.
Soda Can Earrings
made by Shona at The Artistic Life
Shona’s earring tutorial.
That’s it for now. Check back later as I’m sure I’ll add more tutes to this page as I come across them or as I develop them myself.