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Repurposing Old Jewelry — with burlap!

 I got to go back to Studio 5 again today to do another segment. This time we talked about burlap bracelets. It was so fun! I thought I would share the bracelets and instructions in case you want to make them!
You can use any bangle or cuff that you have lying around. This is a great way to repurpose old jewelry. You take your bracelet and cut a length of burlap or any other sort of fabric that is wide enough to wrap around the bracelet and meet in the center of the inside.
I found some old bracelets and some new ones in the Dollar Section of Target. Run a line of hot glue in the inside of the bracelet, then gently press each of the two side together so they meet in the middle. The glue is hot, so be careful. I also gave the glue a few seconds to get tacky. Keep doing this until you get all the way around the bracelet and are meeting the other side of the burlap. Trim the burlap so that it overlaps just a little. Then run a line of hot glue under the flap and press down. Now go around the whole inside of the bracelet pressing as hard as you can to make the glue flat and give the bracelet as much room as possible. After that glue has dried, put another line of glue on top of that inside seam of burlap — all the way around. Then attach a ribbon to the inside. This makes the inside smooth and the burlap will not be able to irritate your skin.
If you are recovering a cuff, see the instructions below. And if you are doing a very thin bangle, you can use a thin strip of burlap or ribbon and wrap it around the bracelet — the same way you do with a wreath.
Once you have the bracelets covered, now the fun begins! You can pick out the brooches/embellishments/buttons and ribbons. Have fun with it! There is a great selection of brooches at Michaels right now. Some are even on clearance for $1.99. And the regular priced $3.99 ones can be bought for less if you print off a coupon before leaving to use.
Organza bracelet:
Apply the ribbon to the inside of the bracelet using hot glue. Take two pieces of rectangular organza in two different sizes. Make cuts around all sides of both pieces. Take a lighter or hold each one over an open flame until the organza shrinks and makes petals. Layer the larger piece on the bottom and the smaller one on top. Put a dot of Hot glue in between each layer. Apply the brooch by putting a big dab of super glue on the bottom of the brooch, and a layer of Gorilla Glue. Do the same thing to the bottom of the first organza piece — this will stick the brooch embellishment to the burlap bracelet. Let dry overnight.

Paris Bracelet:
 Apply the ribbon to the inside of your bracelet. If you are using ribbon that will show above the bracelet, make sure it is applied very straight. Take some thin ribbon, approximately 4 feet. Wrap the ribbon around your hand, all four fingers. Then take a small, 3 inch section of the same ribbon, tie it in the middle of the loops you just made. Then fan the ribbon circles out. Put some hot glue on the back of your Paris brooch (Michaels) and attach your ribbons — make sure the center tie is lined up with the center of the brooch. Let cool. Apply a large dab of hot glue on the burlap bracelet, surrounded by a circle of Gorilla Glue. Attach your embellishment to the glue mixture. Let dry over night.
White Flower Bracelet:
 APply the ribbon to the inside of your bracelet. Then cut out a 4 inch burlap circle. Attach the burlap circle to the bracelet using a glue gun. Take another circle of burlap and layer some off-white material on the top of the circle, followed by a couple layers of tulle. String some beads in the middle of the circles, going through all the layers. Then hot glue the flower onto the bracelet. Another option is to make the flower into a pin and then just pin it onto the bracelet. That way you can use the flower for other things like wearing it on a coat or shirt.
Silhouette bracelet:
Attach a ribbon to the inside of the bracelet. Take two 4 inch circles (I cut them out with scalloped scissors). Fold the circle in the middle, so the circle becomes an oval. Take the other circle, cut it in half and trim the sides so that it is a little smaller than the first oval. Put a small 3 inches of thin ribbon in the little opening at the top of the brooch. Attach the silhouette brooch (Michaels) with hot glue and Gorilla Glue. Once dry, attach hot glue and Gorilla Glue to the underside of the embellishment and attach it to the bracelet. Let dry overnight.
Art Deco Bracelet:
Get a length of decorative ribbon or trim. I used upholstery ribbon about 3 feet in length. Make loops in the center of the bracelet. Hot glue one end in the middle, then make a loop – coming back to the same spot. Hot glue that and make another loop, continuing until it goes all the way around. Then attach the art deco brooch (Michaels). This is a pin, so just pin it on the bracelet. Then if you want to use it on a jacket or something, you can take it off.
Burlap and Silk Cuff:
If you have a cuff you would like to cover, take a piece of burlap and a fabric pen. Trace the edge of the bracelet, and then trace the bracelet all the way across the burlap – tracing it with the pen. Then cut out the pattern. It should fit the cuff exactly. If it is a little big, you can trim it. To make the burlap stick to the metal, use super glue — I used Gorilla Glue’s super glue because it takes a couple minutes to dry and gives me time to make any readjustments. Run a line of the super glue all the way around the edges of where the burlap is going to go. Immediately press the burlap onto the cuff. Press for a few minutes. It’s also useful to roll the cuff on a hard surface to make sure it is sticking.

Now you can make your embellishment. You can do anything you like. On my cuff, I made a flower using silk. I cut a 3 inch section of silk, approximately 20 inches in length. I used my iron and pressed it at the center INSIDE OUT. Then I opened it up and folded each of the side of a\sides so they met at the center. Then I pressed it down flat. After that I folded the sides back in so that the edges were tucked up inside of the silk material. Then I sewed a button up through the inside of the material on one end — so the button is sticking up. Then I folded the material around the button one turn and hot glued it. Then I wrapped the ribbon around the button, turning the material 90 degrees as I turned the flower and hot glued it all the while. At the end I tucked the end underneath the flower and hot glued it in place. I attached it to a 3 inch circle that I cut out of the same material. And did this two more times — so there are a total of 3 silk circles. I hot glued each of the circles together and hot glued the flower to the silk circles. Then I used hot glue and Gorilla Glue to attach the embellishment to the cuff. Let dry overnight.




  1. They are amazing! Wonderful! I’ve never seen something similar! Great idea and great job!

  2. may i ask where you bought the paris brooch?

  3. where did you get the paris brooch?

  4. Those are so beautiful! I've posted about these in my Link Love roundup as well: http://www.favecraftsblog.com/link-love-burlap-bonanza/

  5. Michele P says:

    These are just too cute! I can't wait to make some.
    when I do, May I link to your blog?

  6. I love these!

  7. That's one awesome way of glam-ing up old brooches and bracelets..thanks a lot for the descriptive tutorial. The bracelets look so good, you could even display a few in your etsy..or have you already?? They'd sell like hotcakes!

  8. Great use of keeping old looking new. I have several old pieces of jewelry from my Mom's collection that I have wanted to wear but didn't know how. I am going to have pull out the box and brainstorm.

  9. how fun are those pom poms!!!!!

    Loved your how to video! Poor little finger :( hope it is feeling better!

  10. Gay Vaughan says:

    Thanks for sharing your ideas and the clip! You did a wonderful job and the necklace looked great too!;) Keep the ideas coming, you are an inspiration to us all!


    LOVE the art deco and the silk cuff! Very chic and creative! I want! :)

  12. www.AForestFrolic.typepad.com says:

    Oh those are just darling…love the art deco one!

    Jamie :)

  13. Kristen Andrews says:

    fabulous Jen, love this and need to get my hands on some burlap!

  14. These are so lovely! What a great re-use of materials and what a wonderful variety of samples you created! Thanks for sharing, definitely looks like a fun project to try!

  15. Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful says:

    Jen…you are even more adorable in real life, if that's possible! Thanks for the clip.

    The bracelets are fabulous! My absolute favorite is the art deco one…LOVE it!


  16. Those are gorgeous!! I love bracelets so I may have to give these a whirl.

  17. Candy (Mama Lion) says:

    that is SO clever and so creative!

  18. I saw this! I looked it up online. Great job…again! LOL! :)

  19. Stacey @ The Blessed Nest says:

    Very, very cool! I love the last one with the silk flower especially, it's just so ME!! :) It would go perfectly with my "uniform" of a cute t-shirt and jeans!! LOL!!

  20. Bohemian Gypsy Goddess says:

    I adore these! This rough burlap, with soft feminine laces, sparkle stones such an "opposites attract" at its best! Thanks for the tut!
    Rock On!
    xoxo Barbara

  21. Christie says:

    Those are incredibly cute and pretty! Great job Jen!

  22. Simply gorgeous!!!

  23. frillsfluffandtrucks says:

    Those are cute! Like the previous poster, I also was reminded of Lynne on the RHOC! LOL! (You're much cuter than her though–she's a mess of plastic surgery!)

    ~ Sarah

  24. The Painted Home says:

    Get out!!! Move over Lynne (Real HW of Orange County) there's a new cuff in town!

  25. I LOVE these!!! I so need to make one!

  26. Okay so I must know about Studio 5. It looks like a fun show. When I lived in Utah it was all about Good Things Utah.
    I miss little shows like that. Thank heavens for blogs so I can keep up with all of the neat "Utah Projects."

    Great bracelets.

  27. bridget {bake at 350} says:

    I *love* these!!! Oh, I wish I still had my old box of costume jewelry from when I was a kid!!!

  28. Remodelaholic says:

    I just watched the video you did SO great! That would be so frightening but you were as cool as a cucumber! Good job! Hooray!

  29. Remodelaholic says:

    Oh, I especially love the silhouette one! I am going to go watch the video now! How fun!

  30. Kimbo West says:

    can't tell you how much I love this. Ran into a big sale at Claires and bought me a bunch of bangles! This will be perfecto! Thanks!

  31. Julie Harward says:

    These are awfully cute and so inventive! Good job girl…again! 😀

  32. You rocked Studio 5 once again! So proud – just as pleased as punch with your creations and like all the other gals – I'm in LOVE with the Paris one! Going straight to Micheals in the morning and makin myself one!

  33. rebecca says:

    Ahh!!! These are soo darling!!! Way to go Jen!

  34. Linds@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY says:

    STOP IT! SERIOUSLY! Where were all the decals found? G-ORGEOUS!

  35. Shortcake and Company says:

    My comment is not so original BUT the first thing I thought when watching you was, "She looks great!!" loved your outfit and your Tatertot original rope necklace. The bracelets were adorable. You did SUCH a nice job!

  36. skideewink says:

    I have to say #1 thanks for sharing the segment, #2 LOVE that you wore your necklace, #3 the B/W siloette (sp?) is my FAV!!
    I agree, national syndacation soon!

  37. theUngourmet says:

    You did such a great job!! 😉 I love your bracelets and the napkin holders are such a great idea too!

  38. ok I want the Paris and Art Deco bracelet they are so cute!!!!


  39. meganandwill says:

    That is so fun…I know what my new weekend project will be…

  40. Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training says:

    You go girl! You did such a wonderful job! My goal is to one day have a little segment on our local news….just like you! I haven’t really set a time frame for it but I hope to achieve it one day.

    Kendra “Domestic Princess in Training”

  41. ♥Amber Filkins♥ says:

    Jen! You did so fabulously!! I am so happy for you! I ♥ all of the bracelets. They all turned out so cute!

    LOVED your outfit, and of course your super cute handmade necklace!!

    Happy Day!

    {I'll get my post to you soon!} :)


  43. You did a super job today, you're becoming quite the pro! I loved that you wore your necklace, bet ya dollars to donuts they have you back to demo that one!!!

  44. You always have the cutest ideas.

  45. Mom2fur says:

    I think those are even nicer than the original jewelry!
    Hey, I have another book idea for you. Well, an author. Do you ever read Dave Barry? He's absolutely hysterical. I'm reading "Dave Barry in Cyberspace" and can't stop laughing–even though I read it years ago.

  46. Jenglamgirl says:

    seriously jen two features back to back.. impressive! I adore that paris and art deco birdie one! JUST ADORE THEM!!! You look darling too in your nautical themed outfit! luv ya, hugs JGG

  47. Jen you did awesome again. You are a natural. I love the bracelets…I really wish there was a Michael's close by! We are getting a Joannes though so that is a plus!

    Your handmade necklace looks great on too. Oh, speaking of necklaces…I've been getting lots of compliments on the necklaces you made me!

  48. Deals, Steals and Heels says:

    omg, love them!! esp. the art deco one

  49. You did sooo good today! Such a natural! I love these bracelets, you are too creative!

  50. Ruby Red Slippers says:

    Great tutorial, and how wonderful to watch your tv clip!!! So neat!!!

  51. Thanks for sharing the clip! I was so excited watching it :) and you look so cute and great outfit choice!!!!

  52. Vivienne says:

    Great job! I love these bracelets and am so excited that you have the opportunity to do these segments! (Love that you wore your own necklace creation too!)


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