Ideas for Vintage Jewelry — Repurpose & Decorate

Written by on July 23, 2013 in Antique, DIY, Jewelry with 2 Comments

vintage jewelryAgain, I love to give a new life to an old item and I love vintage as a style, too. Along the lines of repurposing, vintage jewelry are some of my favorite items to play around with. They are so versatile and fun to use in accenting home decor, clothing and other items.

What Types of Jewelry to Use & Where to Find It

You can use almost any type of jewelry — brooches, rings, necklaces, and even earrings — to jazz up items. You can find vintage, costume jewelry at lots of places. I love looking at yards sales and flea markets as well as looking for an auction lot of vintage jewelry on eBay. You can get tons of great pieces that way.

During the spring and summer, yard sales are numerous and the prices are usually very reasonable. During the colder months, vintage malls, eBay and indoor flea markets are some of my favorite sources.

I’m not looking at the value of the pieces and won’t spend a lot of money on them. I want them for the “Bling” factor!

Types of Items to Bling Out with Vintage Jewelry

The possibilities are numerous! Here are some of my favorites:

  • Dress up an old photo frame
  • Give a pair of shoes a WOW! factor
  • Pin a beautiful vintage brooch to a handbag or purse
  • I like to use vintage jewelry to jazz up Christmas or birthday presents. Tie one in the middle of the bow and watch the recipient ohh and ahh!
  • Wrap necklaces or bracelets around pillar candles, candle holders or even around the middle of a vase to add some bling to a boring item.
  • I have used vintage necklaces (rhinestone) as a tie back for a curtain. It looks wonderful!
  • Glue them to the frame of a mirror or tray to add some bling.
  • One fun and easy project is to add magnet backs to some brooches or earrings and have some gorgeous magnets for your refrigerator or memo board.
  • Buy plain cabinet and door knobs for the kitchen or bathroom and attach vintage jewelry to jazz them up. I would use super glue or Gorilla glue for this project.
  • Use a pin or slide to cover nails you hang art from
  • Dress up a plain lamp shape by adding pearl earrings in a pattern or randomly all over. Or, use dangle earrings along the bottom edge to give a jeweled fringe look. If you don’t have enough earrings, choose the stones or beads from a necklace and make your own using earring french hooks.

Here are some photos to inspire you:

flip flop brooch


shoe brooch


jeweled vases - bhg

via Better Homes and Gardens


cover hanger with pin - bhg

via Better Homes and Gardens

Shop for some vintage jewelry and gather your supplies and go to town — decorating your home, clothing and shoes! Have a ball!


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  1. Susan says:

    What great ideas these are. I have so many little extra pieces of jewelry that I would love to find something to do with. Covering a nail – how perfect!

  2. Cynthia says:

    These really are some fabulous suggestions for using / re-purposing vintage jewelry. I loved all of the photos. Btw, my favorite suggestion was to decorate a photo frame with vintage jewelry.

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