A couple of weeks ago I dug out all the jewelry I no longer wear, but instead of chucking my old, tangled, and long forgotten gems, I used them to make a DIY jeweled headband. There are a variety of things to make with old jewelry, but with this headband idea you can upcycle old jewelry into a new and shiny accessory. No spark lost, in other words!
In addition to a few pieces of old jewelry, you will need hot glue, beads for base decoration, and a plain headband. Below are links to the materials I used.
To make this DIY jeweled headband, simply glue the beads, rhinestones, and pearls on the headband. Make sure you have enough base beads – i.e. the beads that will make up most of the headband decoration. These base beads should be light and (ideally) should have a flat side, making them easier to glue. I found the bicone beads easiest to work with, while pearls, especially large ones, can be tricky to glue.
To cover the headband (0.6″ wide in my case) I ended up using about 80 of the base bicone beads. The fuschia bicone beads come in a pack of 100, so they were perfect for the project.
Keep in mind that some of your old jewelry may be hard to work with. You may need to use small jewelry pliers or even a screwdriver to get the gems out and repurpose them. I actually gave up on a couple of rings in the process, but in the end, I was able to make this shiny DIY jeweled headband with my old jewelry stash.
This cute headband will be a perfect match for a DIY dress with beads I made awhile ago, so I look forward to showing off this bling bling outfit!
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