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Bread Tag Jazzy Jewelry



Instead of tossing those plastic bread tags, turn them into jazzy jewelry with a bit of paint and this idea from Heidi Borchers of Inspired at Home. Every little bit helps when reducing your amount of household plastic waste. Best of all, when people ask you where you bought your fantastic jewelry, you will have some fantastic bragging rights!

Bread Tag Jewelry


  • Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™
  • White paper scrap
  • 33 plastic tabs from bread bags in assorted sizes
  • Acrylic Paint – black
  • Paintbrush
  • Tulip® 3D Fashion Paint: silver, gold, bronze
  • Needlenose pliers
  • 44 gold finish jump rings
  • 28 size-10 brass snap swivels
  • 2 size-7 brass snap swivels (available wherever fishing tackle is sold)
  • 1 pair fishhook earrings


Cut 2 tiny strips of paper for each of 23 plastic tabs. Glue 1 strip to each side of 1 tab to cover slit only. Let dry. Repeat for each of 22 more tabs. (This step will help to keep the jump rings from pulling through the slit in the tabs.)

Paint both sides of each tab black. Let dry. For necklace charm, glue 5 tabs together, using 1 tab with paper strips at top of charm (see photo). Let dry. In the same manner, glue 4 tabs together for each earring. Referring to photo for design inspiration, paint 1 side of each tab, necklace charm, and earring design with metallic dimensional paint. Let dry.

Bread Tag Jewelry Painting

Using needlenose pliers, attach 1 jump ring to each of 20 tabs. Attach 1 jump ring to necklace charm. Attach a second jump ring to each jump ring. To assemble necklace, link together all size-10 snap swivels. Attach jump rings to necklace. For each earring, remove snap from each size-7 snap swivel. Using needlenose pliers, attach 1 jump ring to each earring design. Attach jump ring to 1 end of 1 size-7 swivel. Attach fishhook earring to other end of swivel.

Bread Tag Jewelry Close Up

Repeat for other earring.

Heidi’s Designer Tip: For added strength, be sure to add a dab of dimensional paint over area where you glued strip of paper. This will give added strength to this area where the jump rings are attached.


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Sep 24, 2011

Cute idea. Wish I had seen this about 6 years ago. The bread I buy now doesn't have that type of closure on the bags. :( I just get a small strip of paper or plastic-coated wire twist-tie.


Sep 24, 2011

Cute idea. Wish I had seen this about 6 years ago. The bread I buy now doesn't have that type of closure on the bags. :( I just get a small strip of paper or plastic-coated wire twist-tie.


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Sep 21, 2010

If you are using the bread tabs, wouldn't it work well to use the little reinforcement stickers that you put on the punch holes of paper that have torn thru? Then when it's painted, they would be more sturdy than just paper strips. Love this idea, but since I don't buy bread that hs the tabs, I'm going to try cutting them out of mini-blind slats and punch a hole. I'll bet you could even cut them out of milk or bleach bottles too.


Apr 20, 2010

This is a great idea! May I have permisison to use it in an ewductaional book I am writing?


Apr 4, 2010

This is so cool.....I am going to print this up and make them as soon as I have enough plastic bread tabs. Being lightweight the earrings won't put a strain on your earlobes either)


Mar 28, 2010

this is one time i have never thought how to use fantastic. i will be makeing some this week. great


Mar 16, 2010

Way back when--18 years ago or so--I was a co-leader of a girl scout troop of Juniors. WE DID THIS!!! Not as "classy". The girls painted them and decorated as they wished. Instead of using jump rings, we simply glued them together in random order and made pins. A few girls figured out how to make earrings out of them. It was a fun and cute project. I am going to try it again!!!


Mar 4, 2010

never thought of this idea. Love it.


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