As I am finding more and more projects to add to the collection on AllFreeBeadedJewelry.com, I’ve been noticing an interesting trend. Little terrarium necklaces and other tiny garden jewelry have been budding into the minds of artists and designers. Now, I know that the push for sustainability has been in full force for a while now and I’ve already added a ton of projects to the site that reuse, reduce, and recycle, but this is taking it to a whole other level. Actually wearing nature makes for some interesting accessories. One particularly beautiful collection comes from Mr. Lentz who was inspired to create these pieces by the Redwood forests in the Pacific Northwest.
Who would have thought that you would need to water your jewelry? These particular necklaces are in fact real moss, but it has been dried and preserved so no watering needed. I fell in love with these as soon as I saw them and set out trying to figure out how to make my own. Of course, I’m not quite as talented as Mr. Lentz, but I did find a cute and easy project that would work. This one, however, does require a little watering!
It doesn’t quite have the same earthy feel as Mr. Lentz’s necklaces, but this Mini Terrarium Necklace is still super cute and let’s you wear nature around your neck. I would love to find more tutorials for different versions of the terrarium necklace, but for now I’ll have to content myself with some of the other recyclable jewelry making projects on the site.
This Paint Chip Earring tutorial is great for anyone who has just finished a big paint job and has a lot of the paint sample left over. Those samples are good, sturdy paper that usually just gets tossed. Next time, make some pretty earrings to match your favorite outfit.
This next project is for the more advanced jewelry maker. You will need some simple metal working tools to get you started, but if you or someone you know is a coin collector then this Coin Collection Ring would make the perfect gift.
This 50 Cent Toy Machine Rings project requires not jewelry findings and no jewelry making experience. It’s the perfect activity for a fun afternoon with the kids in these long hot days of summer, especially if your family is the kind that drinks a whole lot of juice.
All of these projects are a great way to recycle items from around the house. Of course, the Redwood forest inspired necklaces are the ultimate reminder to mind nature a little more in our lives, but these quick little projects are the perfect way to take that into action and recycle and create at the same time.
What recycled projects have you come up with recently?