DIY Christmas Ornaments {A Thrifted Repurpose Project}

3 Materials
2 Hours
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? icon 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.

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All from a $4 collection of chunky, outdated jewelry.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