Thursday, December 1, 2011

Stylish Beaded Ornaments, Upcycled In A Flash!.

Here's a nifty upcycle I wanted to share.  How do you like these fancy beaded ornaments?


They are actually glass beaded drink coasters.  I found mine at a thrift store, but if you Google 'beaded coasters' you can buy these online for just a couple of bucks apiece.  Considering the intricacy of the work, that's super cheap!


I suppose I should mention, you could also DIY.  Not me, though!  I'm excited that this is a quickie upcycle.  Finicky eye-straining beading project?  When I'm busy like a hundred bees?  Boo!  Hiss!

To ornamentify, just add a wire hanger.  Slip one through the little loop all waiting and ready.  See?



Whee!  Ready to hang.  My favorite part is the translucent effect - light shines through them and they shimmer.



I like them plain, but you could tie on a ribbon bow, sew a button to the front or customize any way you like.  After the holidays, remove the embellishments to use them as coasters for the rest of the year.

But wait, there's more.  Look what else I went and did...




Yes, yes.  Tut, tut.  I realize that might be too much for some people.  But I think it looks kinda tribal, bold and - dare I say it - stylish.

What do you guys think?  I'd love to know how you might style this, if you were going to rock a beaded coaster.





Let's hear your thoughts, boys and girls...and come back next time for more strangely upcycled fun.

22 comments:

  1. How about sewing / glueing / nailing it on a little evening purse?

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  2. Tribal or maybe Egyptian - I want to see you try your hand at photographing it at night on your lit tree!! Come - on!! ;0

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  3. Beautiful! Link them together and make a belt. Attach ear wires for Lady Gaga earrings.

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  4. Me gusta mucho!!! el collar es fabuloso!!!
    y como aodrno para el arbol me gusta muchisimo:-)

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  5. I love them as a necklace, though for my personal preference I would have put them on a much longer chain and added a few pieces of repurposed chandelier crystal for shiny on shiny contrast.

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  6. Wao !! simply cute & attractive too..you know what? your puppy want to be a model of your creation but you are not going to give him any chance..oops! not fair..haha

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  7. Very nice! and yes, tribal. Good JOb

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  8. they are pretty as ornaments, but I LOVE them as pendants! Where's that ridiculously gorgeous model of yours (the lady who modeled the jeans pendants)? She would ROCK that thing! And Khadija is right, poor pup wants a piece of the action, too <3

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  9. dang... I only just saw Sarracinos comment. She is right, they'd look amazing on a purse, too. Or sewn around the collar of a nice black top to glam it up? Stick 'em together as a tablerunner (or on the mantelpiece)? I gotta get me some of those babies, and fast.

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  10. What a statement it makes the things you create never cease to amaze me I have more fun every time reading the guest posts on what they think it is hope you save them!!!

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  11. Really cute! You have us thinking.... :) My brain is on overload but I like a lot of the ideas - table runner, cool! Would glam up the Christmas table for sure!

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  12. So elegant Michelle, good thinking! I like it as a necklace with the addition of those little gold leaves. That puts it over the top imo.

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  13. Can they be unwound without the beads coming apart? I'd reshape them into petals and put them on a fabric cuff.

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  14. I'm glad you liked the Christmas tree garland and even more glad to have found your blog!

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  15. Oh so very clever! Hmm, do they bend at all? If so, maybe a cuff bracelet? I'm all for buying them just the way they are. Think of the eye strain trying to wire up all those pretty little beads.

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  16. I looooove it as a pendant! I would totally rock that ;)

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  17. LOVE your tribal coaster necklace!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  18. Genius and it's so nice to know creative people who think like this. I actually woke up thinking about converting a Christmas pick from JoAnn's into a pendant lol.

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  19. The necklace is definitely the best! Why everything simple looks so amazing after your touch! xoxo

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  20. Got your goodies today...please check your email..love, PC

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  21. how about sewing two of them together and make a smallish evening purse??

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