Re-purposed Old Jewelry Leaf Necklace Tutorial & Link up

July 5, 2016


Do you have out of trend, older or even broken jewelry around your room that you don’t know what to do with? Two years ago I spotted at my grandmother-in-laws house sandwich baggies filled with broken necklaces, earrings and bracelets and asked if I could have the items. I was told to pick out what I liked and I obtained this black and silver beaded necklace and other broken accessories. What drew me to this necklace was the leaf charm and the long length of the necklace, but I wasn’t quite a fan of the big black beads and baubles. From that day I planned to re-purpose  the necklace but I didn’t know at that time what I wanted to do.  Until a few days ago.


I feel almost silly posting this tutorial today as it is SUPER easy, but what I am about to show you is how to take an  out of trend or broken jewelry item (such as my black and silver beaded necklace) and re-purpose a part of  it into an accessory that will get worn.

What I did is take the leaf charm from the beaded necklace and add it to another chain link to another necklace. The best part, everything I needed was handy at home.  All that’s needed is needle nose pliers, out of date/broken jewelry and the jewelry to add it too.

I had an imitation gold bar necklace that I got from Walmart for $1 months ago that I surprisingly never wore because the length of the chain and hanging bar. I figured the necklace could be re-purposed as well, so instantly I knew the bar needed to go and be replaced with the leaf charm from the black and silver necklace. Operation re-purposing began.


First I took my needle nose pliers and removed the chain link/bead of the bottom of leaf charm from the black and silver beaded necklace and removed the second chain link from the top of the leaf.


Then I removed the bar charm from the $1 necklace. Here are the charms side-by-side so that you can see what I took away from each necklace.


Lastly, I took the needle nose pliers and the leaf charm and attached the leaf’s top link to the link of the necklace that use to contain the bar.


Viola now a new necklace that I am sure to wear. I love the delicate and statement of this new necklace, making it perfect for layering with other gold necklaces or for wearing alone.

Now for “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up

Rachel of Garay Treasures blog:



Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.

Meet your Co-Host Rania of The Wardrobe Stylist:

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Branding herself The Wardrobe Stylist, Rania began styling and blogging nearly a decade ago. She worked with a long list of clients and covered coveted events. Rania loves to give advice to people about the things she’s most passionate and knowledgeable in: fashion, beauty, fitness, and home décor. You can also check out her DIYs and her innovation the Reversible Pocket Square.

You can follow Rania via: Twitter| Instagram


 Now on to the Featured 5 from last week:



I am not a clutch girl but when I do come across clutches I am DEFINITELY trying this project that Becky linked up. It looks so simple and really adds to a clutch for sure. See post here.


Shauna looks incredible and glamorous for the 4th. Love those heels. See post here.


I love Arielle’s trend on trend on trend look here. 


Lauryn’s casual 4th of July inspired look is just the cutest, check it out here.


As a blogger I am sure you are aware of the spammy or unsolicited collaboration e-mails that come often to your inbox asking for a partnership or collaboration. Read how Shelbee has dealt with it and read the great advice from other bloggers in the comments. I am inspired by the community that the other bloggers share in this post to help Shelbee and one another out with figuring out how to handle unsolicited e-mails. Read post here.


Now it is your turn, please follow the rules below and enjoy!

1). Please link up recent posts and include the link up button or post this URL link back on your blog. The posts can be about fashion, DIY projects, recipes, inspiration, tips, etc. *If you link up other link ups or giveaways please be sure you share this link up on your link up post to share the blog love and I will be sure to link up to yours. Also please follow me in the below social medias and let me know how you are following and I will follow back. Thank you!

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3). Stop by and check out the other bloggers who have linked up and be inspired.

4). Have fun! Comment below if you have any questions! Thanks for linking

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  • jodie filogomo July 5, 2016 at 12:07 am

    I swear that’s like a “I could’ve had a V-8” moment!! I have a bunch of single earrings, that I’ve lost the other one, yet haven’t yet thrown out…and this is brilliant! Thanks!

  • Melissa July 5, 2016 at 12:41 am

    I have a ton of broken jewelry I save because “I am going to fix it”, still in my drawer:(Thank you for your tips!


  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life July 5, 2016 at 2:34 am

    I love the idea of repurposing jewellry, especially jewellry that has a special history of previously being owned by an older family member!

  • Ina Pascoe July 5, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Amazing jewelry, this style looks so cool!

  • Marta July 5, 2016 at 6:17 am

    Such a pretty necklace, thanks for sharing this great tutorial!

  • Shelbee on the Edge July 5, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Rachel, what a pleasant surprise to see myself in your 5 featured blog posts from last week. So flattered! Thank you.

    I never thought to repurpose jewelry in this simple way. This is fantastic. And I, like your grandmother-in-law, have baggies full of broken jewelry. So time for me to start thinking about some new DIY jewelry pieces! Thanks for the inspiration.


  • Nancy July 5, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I love leaf jewelery! This is a perfect solution!

  • Celia M. - High Heeled Life July 5, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Great idea and tips – thanks for sharing and hosting.

  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles July 5, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Wow this is genius!

    Check out my boho/70s inspired look this week at the blog – Happy Tuesday!


  • Shea July 5, 2016 at 9:02 am

    This is such a smart idea Rachel! I have some old necklaces that I could totally do this with, thanks for the inspiration!

  • Jennie July 5, 2016 at 9:31 am

    Really great idea! Your necklace turned out so cute and I can see it working well with a lot of looks. I have a few pieces I can see myself transforming now for future use. 🙂

  • Becky - bybmg July 5, 2016 at 9:36 am

    What a great jewelry re-do! I love the final look! Thanks for featuring my clutch DIY! Happy Tuesday!

  • Debbie Stinedurf July 5, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Great idea Rachel! I often do repairs on jewelry, but I’ve never redone an entire necklace. I’ll have to give it a try.

  • Rachel July 5, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Great tips!

  • Tif July 5, 2016 at 9:42 am

    This is such a great idea! I don’t think people realize how easy it is sometimes. The same goes for jewelry repair. I always try to fix something if it breaks, and it’s usually fairly easy. Love your necklace!


  • Jill July 5, 2016 at 9:56 am

    I have so many dated or broken pieces of jewelry sitting in a drawer. I’m going to have to recreate some of them! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Doused In Pink

  • Laura July 5, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Great DIY! The simple DIYs are the ones I like most because I feel like I can actually do them! Love how it turned out!

  • Amy Arnold July 5, 2016 at 10:32 am

    What a great idea! Looks great.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom July 5, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I made some jewelry last summer and haven’t had a chance to make any since… but, I should remember this when I clean out my jewelry dresser… some old or broken pieces I may be able to use when I create something new or on another piece to spruce it up! Great ideas here!


  • The Fashion Folks July 5, 2016 at 11:09 am

    This is a lovely idea, so good to re-do old necklaces! Xx

  • Johanna Grange July 5, 2016 at 11:23 am

    What a genius move! Love repurposing old fashion staples!

  • Monique Galang July 5, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Great idea!

    xo, Monique | itsmonique

  • Mary Murnane July 5, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Wonderful idea! These are stunning!


  • carmen July 5, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Your leafy necklace turned out great. I love the simplicity. :]

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  • Stephanie July 5, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    That is so cool! Great diy! 🙂

  • molly July 5, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Such a fun DIY!!


  • Meghan July 5, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    You are very crafty!! Great post. Always good to repurpose all goodies!

    Meghan |

  • Sheree July 6, 2016 at 1:12 am

    What a great tutorial for turning an older piece of jewelry into a new style! Thanks for hosting the linkup as always and hope you can stop by my Wednesday Linkup as well.

    xo Sheree
    IG: @poshclassymom

  • Diane July 6, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    I really like how you transformed it into something else, nice DIY!
    DeeVine Anonyme

  • Rania July 7, 2016 at 12:33 am

    That’s an awesome way of recycling. I know I do that too and you come up with jewellery that has a new life and looks better than anything it used to be.

  • Tai East July 7, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Oh Rachel, I love what you’ve done here! Great idea and super cute! Thanks so much for sharing! GOD bless you, Beautiful! 🙂

  • Emma Peach July 7, 2016 at 6:18 am

    I love using old pieces of jewellery and turning them into something new, sometimes I pick up necklaces in charity shops if I like the beads and make a new necklace or bracelet with them. Making something you enjoy wearing is very satisfying 🙂

    Emma xxx

  • Mackenzie Carol July 24, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    This is such a handy thing to know! I have multiple necklaces that I don’t wear, so I should re-purpose mine as well! I’ve never really thought to do that, but it is such a clever idea! And it looks like yours turned out great!
    Thanks for linking up with the Grace and Lace linkup!