DIY Christmas Ornaments {A Thrifted Repurpose Project}

3 Materials
$15
2 Hours
Easy
If you have a DIY Christmas tree, you must have some DIY ornaments too, right?

Last week's thrift store trip turned up a pretty sweet stash of chunky necklaces. They made perfect repurpose material for some unique, shiny ornaments that are quick and easy to make.
Aren't they just gorgeous?  They were only $4, so that does make them kinda cute after all. But...
Makeover time!

Once off the strings, I divided the beads up into four little piles and sprayed each collection with 4 different metallic spray paints.
The only thing that kept this project from taking an hour or less was that it was pretty chilly outside the day I painted them, so they took a while to dry.

Those who are clever and make these during the summertime can have a lovely collection put together in less than an hour, which is perfect for Creatives who don't have a lot of extra time - or for the overachiever who puts the rest of us to shame.

But paint is amazing, isn't it? It can totally transform something from plain and forgettable into beautiful and memorable. I really love the metallics because they have that stunning quality, yet are still somewhat neutral.

Once they were dry, all I did was string them randomly onto a length of 20 gauge, gold craft wire.
For the top, I twisted the wire into a loop, wrapped the end around the base wire,
then slid the top bead over the connection.

Simple.
For the bottom, I made a simple spiral twist - much like this one - below the bottom bead, and that was it!
Each ornament coordinates, but is distinctly different.

I like that!
They were perfect for my little DIY Faux Christmas tree.
I love how they gleam in the lights.
And that's totally it!

All from a $4 collection of chunky, outdated jewelry.

Aren't thrift stores so much fun?

Resources for this project:

Rust- Oleum metallic spray paints
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  • Lolly Lolly on Dec 24, 2017
    how did you paint all those beads without them getting gloppy? They look great.

  • Melody Melody on Dec 26, 2017
    could you spray the beads before taking them off the strings?

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