Monday, June 18, 2012

Costume Jewelry and Picture Frames

It seems it is the current rage to use vintage costume jewelry for picture frame decoration.  With just a wire cutter for removing backings from earrings and broach pins, a handy hot glue gun, along with a few decorative buttons and charms and two small purchased picture frames, I made a couple of embellished beauties in just an hour.

Frame #1;  a pair of ruby slippers, a couple of breast cancer pins, a Scrabble pin from 2002, button covers, broken earrings, a few glass marbles, a couple of glass beads, leftover glass squares from a mosaic, one broach, and a rhinestone necklace resulted in this...


Frame #2:

It was fun to poke around in my jewelry boxes and look into bins of vintage costume wares in thrift stores.  It is amazing what you can find. A fun, creative and easy project can be made with minimal effort.  A picture frame can be personalized with your own little treasures that will give your frame special meaning.  Give it a try!

Previously, I wrote a blog post found HERE when I had a milagro necklace made of some of my mother's favorite memory charms.  We dug around in her mementos and found several treasures to use as charms.  Here are some picture from that post showing mother's necklace:


  1. OMGosh! You are a clever one. What a great way to use parts of necklaces one doesn't wear anymore or are from broken ones, yeah? What kind of glue did you use?

  2. The picture frames are super cute! They would make great gifts.

  3. What fun! My daughter needs to see these.

  4. What a wonderful way to use old pieces! Great idea, I am going to copycat this! Have a blessed day, HUGS!

  5. Hi Nancy..*hugs*
    Well it looks like you had fun going through your goodies to make your frames. How neat they look! I wonder what pictures will go in them now. Something fun I'm sure.
    have a great day

  6. I love these frames, and the necklace too. This looks like a really fun project...I have some costume jewelry, but not enough. A perfect reason to go to the thrift shop! The ruby slippers are fantastic :)

  7. I liked this post very much as it has helped me a lot in my research and is quite interesting as well. Thank you for sharing this information with us.

  8. Hi Nancy, I love your picture frames. Most of us have little old trinkets that would serve to create these artful frames. And, you given me some great gift ideas! I remember your post on the necklaces, and still want to make myself one. I have a few old jewelry items of my mother's, grandmother's and, my mother-in-law that would make a nice vintage-looking necklace. Thanks for your ideas, they're the best!

    Hope you and your family are doing well. See you soon! Hugs!

  9. Hi Nancy! I definitely love your customized picture frames! Yes, I really agree that they're perfect for a gift for someone special. I love the way the elements were arranged, they look so appealing and really caught my attention in a glance. Very nice idea, indeed. Keep them coming Nancy!


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