10 Ways to Upcycle Marbles

Remember March marble madness in elementary school? Marbles were like currency. We would build play casinos in the sandbox. Place your spherical little bets! I wasn't much of a gambler but more so a collector. The shinier the pearl, the bigger deal it was to own. Cat eyes were the lowest ranking, fyi. They were the easiest to obtain and therefore had little value. The marble equivalent of a penny.

Now that I'm looking back at all that I'm realizing the gambling aspect is actually rather inappropriate for children but as children that goes unnoticed. Anyway, I still have my marbles sitting in a jar somewhere. Thanks to Pinterest, they've been brought back to my attention with all their creative re-uses I wish I had thought of. Here are some ideas that will catch your eye too...

1. Wired Marble Mobile

2. Marble filled fence

3. Marble Garden Sphere

4. Marble Earrings

5. Gag Gift Idea or Conversation Piece- Bottle full of Lost Marbles

6. Makeup Jars with Marble Topped Lids

7. Interchangeable Marble Necklace

8. Marble Acorn Ornaments

9. Marbles as Vase Filler

10. Colorful Marbles Wreath

New in thee shop: Upcycled Vintage Cross Stitch and Patchwork Denim Tote Bags

Each cross stitch is truly a work of art on it's own but I thought they would make great embellishment on bags. So I turned them into functional front pockets. Combining them with doilies, lace and patchwork denim worked out really well. I've also added denim tassels like I do for most of my bags now.

You can find these two in the shop, in the shoulder bag section, right here.


DIY Upcycled Plastic Bottle Cap Pincushion Ring

For this little project, I re-used a small gatorade bottle cap. In my opinion it's the perfect size for a pincushion ring. The regular size gatorade bottle cap is probably perfect for a pincushion bracelet.

I referenced the tutorials below, they were super helpful. One thing I did different though, was use a leather hole punch to make the holes in the cap for the elastic. As long as the plastic isn't too thick it should do it, it did the gatorade cap.

Basically all you do is take a thin elastic and run it through the holes. Make it loop and your size then knot the ends in place. I made my fabric circle 4 inches in diameter (using some leftover cotton from this previous refashion of mine). Gathered it, stuffed it and hot glued it into place. Lastly, I took a 3/4 inch cotton lace trim and wrapped it around the lid edge for embellishment.

Or maybe you don't want a ring and would rather take a candlestick holder and upcycle it into a multiple pincushions holder like this one:

Or create whole new apparatus with old silver and have space for just not pins but other sewing notions as well, like this one by Todolwen


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