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Upcycled Jewelry

Middle School Beads & Jewelry Activities: Upcycled Jewelry

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Upcycle old paint chip samples from hardware stores or paint shops to create beautiful, funky pieces of custom-made jewelry! It requires basic elements of jewelry, scissors and imagination to create memorable necklaces and earrings. The paint chips add color, while imagination will lead to a variety of shapes and patterns.  

What You Need:

  • Paint sample chips from a paint or hardware store
  • Scissors, or craft knife
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Hole punch
  • Earring hooks
  • Jumper rings
  • Necklace chain
  • Chain clasp
  • Pliers

What You Do:

  1. Have your child start with either the earrings (earring hooks and 2 jumper rings) or necklace (chain, clasp and jumper rings) first. Set the other materials to the side.
  2. Find two circular objects (like vitamin bottle caps) that can be traced to create shapes for the earrings.
  3. Have your child trace the caps over the colors of paint chips they choose, tracing two small circles and two medium circles. Then, cut along the lines so they have a total of four circles for both earrings.
  4. Have her line up a small circle with a medium circle so they both touch at the top. Make a hole punch through both circles. Repeat this for the second set of circles.
  5. Help your child use pliers to open the jump rings. Have her slide a set of hole-punched paint chips through each jump ring, then attach one jump ring to each earring hook. 
  6. Close the jump ring to finish the earrings. 
  7. Time to create the necklace! Have her attach the chain clasp to the necklace chain.
  8. Encourage her to experiment with cutting out a variety of shapes on the paint chips.
  9. Just like she did with the earrings, she will draw her shapes and cut them out with scissors or a craft knife.
  10. She can use the hole punch to make holes in the shapes depending on how she wants them to hang on the necklace.
  11. Have her attach the jump rings to her hole-punched paint chips before attaching the jump rings to the necklace. She can continue experimenting with this process until her necklace is complete.
Updated on Mar 1, 2013
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