Wednesday, May 9, 2018

How to make a Junk Necklace

I love junk! 
And I love unique items that I can repurpose.

Recently, I took some of my favorite junky things 
and made a few necklaces.

how to make a junk necklace, repurposed, charms, jewelry

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In all of my junking trips,
(see more flea market tips here and here)
I love to pick up interesting little bits and pieces that catch my eye.  
I combined a bunch of those pieces to make necklaces.

I dug through my stash to find a bunch of other things 
to put on the necklaces too.

I used beads left over from other projects.

I used charms* that I found in the mixed media/scrapbook 
section at the craft store.

I used vintage keys.

I especially like the ones that have
interesting shapes and patina!!

I used metal stamps to write a message 
on the key.

I used necklace charms.

Vacation Souvenirs
You know those penny crusher/stamper machines
that you always find on vacation?  The ones 
that your kids beg you to do and then you're 
stuck with a flat penny and don't know what to do with it?
Well here is a great keepsake idea-
put it on a necklace!

I used the Crop a dile* to punch a hole
in the penny.

Once I gathered all of my items, 
I had to prepare them a bit.

I gave the junky items a coat
This protects the item, keeps it from continuing to rust
and protects the clothing of the necklace wearer.

Some of the items had holes already
to hang the items from a chain.

To the items that did have holes big enough
for the chain to pass through,
 I added jump rings.
I like to use split rings* for sturdiness.

add a jewelry bail to a scrabble tile

I wanted to use a scrabble tile
so I glued a jewelry bail*

how to hang a scrabble tile on a necklace with a jewelry bail

With the bail, the scrabble tile 
will lay flat on a necklace.

I gathered items into piles that I thought
would look good together
on a necklace chain.

I really like mixing metals
and using unique items.
I'm not even sure what that gold flower piece
was, but it looks great as a part of a junk necklace!

I like this vacation collection!

I could have used a necklace chain or a ball chain.
I like the industrial look of the ball chain*.

how to make a junk necklace using charms, beads, junk findings

how to make a junk necklace using charms, beads, junk findings

how to use mixed metals and repurposed junk to make a necklace

how to use mixed metals and repurposed junk to make a necklace

DIY ideas to make a necklace with leftover jewelry and junk

DIY ideas to make a necklace with leftover jewelry and junk

how to make a junk necklace

I can't wait to wear one of my junk necklaces!


It is another month of the Inspire My Creativity Link Party!

This month's theme is 

Something to Wear!!  

Check out all of the projects from these ladies:

Shani  |  Sunshine & Munchkins
Ali  |  Home Crafts by Ali
Cathy  |  A Boy and His Mom
Christine  |  Swordfights & Starry Nights
Meg  |  The Kusi Life
Lauren  |  A Life of Love and Joy
Jaclyn  |  The Dotted Nest
Victoria  |  Dazzle While Frazzled
Sydney  |  Tastefully Frugal
Lindsay  |  See Lindsay
Julia  |  The Quiet Grove
Marie  |  The Inspiration Vault

Link up, up to 3 of your projects!


  1. Such a fun idea to use random items to make a fun junk necklace! My daughter would love this.

    1. It is really fun! The search for the junk is my favorite part!!

  2. I love the combinations of the various items you've put together. Such a fun way to create something new!

  3. What a fun way to repurpose little trinkets!

  4. I love this idea! I love old things as well as just small things that look cool. What a great way to do something with them. My kids would even love to do something like this.

  5. I love this idea so much! I wish we had flea markets around here so I could browse through and find neat stuff like this.


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