Have you ever wondered what to do with broken jewelry besides toss it? I’m sure we’ve all been there. Your favorite bracelet snaps and you lose half of the beads. Or, your costume jewelry ring loses the stone. It’s not really valuable enough to have it repaired. So, what do you do with it?

Of course, if your jewelry is worth anything or it has sentimental value, you should definitely take it to your local jeweler and see if it can be repaired. They can probably fix the chain or add a new stone if you want them to. But, if the jewelry is just costume jewelry and has no sentimental value, it may not be worth the time and the effort to repair it. Here are ways to recycle the broken jewelry instead of tossing it in the garbage bin:

Broken jewelry can be used to create a mosaic design. Simply take the beans, stones, charms, lockets, and pendants and create a new design with them. You can then glue this design to cardstock, a gift box, a jewelry box, or the front of a picture frame.

If the pieces have some similarity such as color, metal, or theme, you can use them to create a new piece of jewelry. You could restring the beads from a necklace onto a shorter piece of string to make a bracelet instead. Or use one earring and turn it into a pin if you cannot find the matching earring.

For larger pieces like statement earrings, pendants or pins, you can remove the backing and create a refrigerator magnet. Look for jewelry pieces that have large flat areas on the back so you can glue a magnet to the back easily.

Use your broken jewelry to decorate a thrift store find. I love thrift store shopping and frequently will upcycle a piece using ribbons and broken jewelry. You can easily customize a lampshade, a diary, a pocketbook or wallet, a headband, a set of plain barrettes, or the edges of a mirror. Just let your imagination go.

You may need to collect broken pieces for a while if you want to do a larger piece. Or, you can shop at thrift stores and tag sales to find broken pieces to add to your collection. Collect them in a glass jar until you have enough pieces to create the craft project you want.

If you aren’t crafty, consider selling your broken pieces of jewelry on eBay. There are a lot of people out there that will buy broken jewelry lots to create new pieces of jewelry.