Making Jewelry From Thrifted Finds

Hi everyone, Abby here! I hope everyone’s 2015 is off to a great start! A new month is here; can you believe it? (I can’t!) With February comes Valentine’s Day! Whether you love it or hate it, it’s always a great occasion for giving those special people in your life something extra to let them know you appreciate them. Whether it’s mom, grandmother, a friend, or a special someone in your life, it’s always a treat to let them know you are thinking about them.

And you are in luck! For our next DIY workshop, we will be making unique jewelry with thrifted finds! Whether it’s a bracelet, a necklace or some simple earrings, the possibilities are endless! I was inspired by this tutorial at, but there are many more options available!

For this week’s DIY, I made a statement necklace using an old skirt (recognize it from my hoop DIY?), some felt (feel free to substitute some scrap denim), an old necklace chain, and some jewels. Check out the easy steps below!

Supplies Needed:

  1. Scrap Fabric – Something with a fun print that you can cut out
  2. Felt or Denim – Something sturdy to affix your fun design to
  3. Chain and Chain Links (also called Jump Rings)
  4. Gems, Jewels, Bells, whatever embellishment you’d like to add
  5. Hot Glue or Clear Glue (I used Aleene’s® Clear Gel Tacky Glue™)
  6. Scissors
  7. Needle-Nose Pliers
  8. Seam Ripper



First thing I did was separate the chain from the metal hoop it was attached to. I also separated the chain from the clasp portion since I would be separating the chain further later in the process.




Once my chain was separated, I cut out the bit of my fabric I wanted to use for my necklace. I chose a large green flower and a few smaller ones.




To make the cutout flowers sturdier, I glued them to some felt I had leftover from another project. If you don’t have any felt around, denim is very stiff and works perfectly in the felt’s place.




Once my cutout flowers and felt dried, I laid out my pieces (flowers, chain, jump rings and jewels) how I wanted them to lay for my necklace.




I used a seam ripper to poke holes in the different pieces and linked the jump rings through the chain and the fabric pieces.




Et Viola! My completed necklace!




Hope to see you Saturday (details below)!

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Kent/Ravenna Goodwill
2528 OH-59 Ravenna, OH 44366


Don’t forget to register for the workshop:


Happy Creating!

Eleanor’s Boots (Les Bottes D’Eleanor, officially)