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Jewelry picture made of broken pieces of costume jewelry.

Jewelry picture made of broken pieces of costume jewelry.

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By Lori Verderame

Repurpose Them For The Holidays

Just because something is old doesn’t mean it is automatically valuable. I have junk in my house, my grandmother had junk in her house…sometimes it’s just older junk.

With those sage words of wisdom offered, this column offers some creative ideas about what to do with those keepsakes that you just can’t part with but you don’t want to just store away in a plastic tub for the rest of your life – objects that have some value to you but really won’t make a big difference when it comes to cashing in.

Repurposing is very popular now and more so at the holidays. There are more people seeking out antiques and thrift store items to reuse or recycle them than those who just want to collect for collecting’s sake. Be sure you only repurpose those objects that really are not valuable. Once you know that you have a low value object, consider some creative ideas.


Piecing Up The Plates

Plates can be among some of the most inexpensive collectibles that nearly everyone has hanging around the house and attic or are easily found at yard sale. Vintage decorative floral plates can be used at parties and even given away to guests as favors. They really spruce up a buffet line, block party or family get-together.

Look around your grandma’s, aunt’s and neighbor’s cupboards and see if you can spot any plates. I have some chipped yet colorful examples from the 1970s hanging around my cabinets that would be prime examples for this project.

Some creative craft aficionados have taken such plates, broken them into pieces and used them in craft projects. Just break the inexpensive plates into 2- to 4-inch pieces and then use them as you would tiles. Some of the most popular repurposing objects for old plates are refrigerator magnets. Just simply stick an adhesive-backed magnet to the back of your plate piece. Some damaged or chipped plates have been recycled into a decorative concrete frame around the kid’s sandbox or kiddie pool area. They will look great stuccoed or glued onto wooden birdhouses, garden jardinieres or bird baths, and trivets. Some folks have used broken plates as walkways leading to a garden shed or pool house. These are some great ways to use those damaged and not so valuable floral plates and keep the memories, too.


Picking Up Jewelry

Damaged jewelry or fancy buttons — particularly cheap pieces of costume jewelry that can no longer be repaired or worn — can be reused and made into really cool art objects. Jewelry pictures can be made with damaged pieces of costume jewelry by sewing or gluing the broken pieces onto a piece of velvet, felt or other fabrics. Then, the textile is framed as you would a collage. Old broken jewelry or pieces thereof can be made into a brooch tussy mussy or brooch bouquet comprised of both fresh flowers and colorful fake gemstone pins in the shape of flowers. It is a cool union of vintage and Victorian, fresh and faux.

Some pieces of costume jewelry are valuable, so be sure to check out the value with an appraisal before you start taking apart the jewelry pieces that are still intact. However, the damaged pieces are fair game for you crafters out there.


Objects That Have Sentimental Value to You

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