Old pieces of furniture are a great source of high quality leather with which you can make your own purse or bag out of. Leather belts can also be turned into one off fashion accessories, such as tote bags and bracelets. Or why not upcycle one into a dog collar for your four legged friend so you can both be fashionable, you can find examples of some beautiful collars here. Refab Diaries have collated many more ideas in their article about upcycling old leather belts purses and jackets.
Have you got jeans in your wardrobe that you don’t wear anymore? Why not turn them into a stylish and unique jeans handbag? All you need are some basic sewing skills and you’ll have yourself a one of a kind bag for next to nothing. Other ideas include taking neckties you never wear and turning them into a colourful belt, which can be a great way to look unique as well as hold your trousers up, and using old buttons to liven up a new outfit or create cute button rings. For more inspiration visit allfreesewing.com who have a section dedicated to refashioned and upcycled clothes ideas.
GADGETS & CIRCUIT BOARDS
Even old gadgets can be transformed into delightfully geeky accessories; if you’ve got an old camera in the house that nobody uses you can turn the lens into a necklace, or you can take some old floppy disks and make a colourful floppy disk handbag! Old circuit boards also make for excellent jewellery, you can upcycle them into necklaces, earrings or even hairpins. Get inspired by the electronic innards by taking a look at some circuit board jewellery ideas.
PLASTICS & PACKAGING
You can make trendy accessories out of the most mundane items that a lot of people would discard without hesitation, from a bracelet made of plastic bags to a name tag necklace made from an old credit card. Trend Hunter have more unique ideas in their upcycled accessories article, including this stand out broken LP record necklace.
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