DIY home decor Project Up cycle

How to up cycle old jewelry – DIY

There were times when I loved wearing oxidized jewelry. Over the years, collection kept growing and i started falling short of the space to keep it all. I had quite a number of pieces left with me, even after I gave out a lot of these pcs to friends and cousins. Since i knew I won’t be wearing those pieces anymore, i decided to up cycle those as home decor pieces. In this post, i will be sharing the process and joy.

List of items needed –

  1. Cotton thread size 3 or size 10. DCM thread would be good. You can pick colors of your choice.
  2. Old jewelry pieces
  3. Hand sewing needle
  4. Wooden frame or cardboard ring – You would need a cardboard container to make rings. Click here for stepwise method of making rings. The size should be big enough to fit the jewel piece.
  5. Bells – Medium size, design and finish of your choice. I selected silver finish christmas bells.

    Metal bells

  6. Pencil
  7. Colorful beads
  8. Readymade pompoms or you can make some of your own with the thread. I used both kinds in 2 different pcs. 
  9. Metal ring – 1″
  10. Metal hook

Procedure –  There will be 2 different procedures for 2 different designs.


  1. Wrap the ring with the thread. – Here i have used different color yarns only to explain how it looks after thread wrapping is finished. Seal the loose ends with glue.

Thread wrapping

2. Thread pom poms with jewel piece in the center.

3. Cut 5 threads. 4 of 8″ each and 1 of 11″. Tie bells on one end of these threads and add pompoms to it. as you see in the picture.

4. Tie these threaded bells and pom poms on the marked points of the ring. 



  1. In this design i made pom poms with thread in hand. Align 6″ piece of thread with a pencil and wrap thread over the pencil and aligned thread 80-90 times. (Keep the count so that all the pom pom are of the same size.) After the required count, pull the thread off the pencil and let the aligned thread pass through the wrapped thread. Tie the wrapped thread tightly with the aligned thread. Wrapped threads will make loops. With the help of a scissor cut the loops and shape them round for pom poms. Make 9 pom poms.
  2. Pom poms were threaded in alternate colors and tied on both ends of the jewelry piece.
  3. Beads and pom poms are threaded and tied to 1″ metal ring on one end. The other end is tied in the center of the horizontally tied pom poms thread.
  4. This jewelry pc had metal loops at the bottom, which i used to tie bells, threaded in red thread. 

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