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Today’s post is written by Ashley Little, a web producer for marthastewart.com.

My favorite projects from Martha Stewart Living are always the jewelry crafts. When I browse a new issue, I immediately put the jewelry projects on my list of things to make, and this brooch and ribbon necklace from last February's issue has been on my list for months! Luckily, it took very little time to make.

Take a look at my how-to photos and make one of your own!

Sources

Ribbon: M&J Trimming

Wire cutters, needle-nose pliers, and spray paint:  Michaels

Jump rings: Union Max

Brooches and earrings: ClassicStyleSupplies on Etsy

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First, I gathered all my supplies. I will be using a combination of brooches and earrings for my necklace.

1 First, I gathered all my supplies. I will be using a combination of brooches and earrings for my necklace.

I bought the jump rings at Union Max, one of my favorite Brooklyn findings stores.

2 I bought the jump rings at Union Max, one of my favorite Brooklyn findings stores.

I was distracted by all the pretty beads, buttons…

3 I was distracted by all the pretty beads, buttons…

…and necklaces. I left the store with a lot more than just jump rings!

4 …and necklaces. I left the store with a lot more than just jump rings!

M&J Trimming in the Garment District is my go-to for ribbon.

5 M&J Trimming in the Garment District is my go-to for ribbon.

I stood in front of the ribbon for at least a half-hour deciding on a color.

6 I stood in front of the ribbon for at least a half-hour deciding on a color.

I used wire cutters to remove the backs from the brooches and earrings. Be sure the smooth side is down so the bits don’t hit your face!

7 I used wire cutters to remove the backs from the brooches and earrings. Be sure the smooth side is down so the bits don’t hit your face!

I filed away the sharp leftovers with a file…

8 I filed away the sharp leftovers with a file…

…then used sandpaper to finish it.

9 …then used sandpaper to finish it.

I spray-painted only two of the earrings because I didn’t want a lot of copper in my necklace.

10 I spray-painted only two of the earrings because I didn’t want a lot of copper in my necklace.

Most of the spray paint was dabbed off the earrings with a paper towel, wiping the rhinestones clean.

11 Most of the spray paint was dabbed off the earrings with a paper towel, wiping the rhinestones clean.

Jump rings were attached to both sides of every piece using the needle-nose pliers.

12 Jump rings were attached to both sides of every piece using the needle-nose pliers.

When opening and closing jump rings, pull the opening away from you. Hinging the opening could cause the ring to weaken or break.

13 When opening and closing jump rings, pull the opening away from you. Hinging the opening could cause the ring to weaken or break.

I continued linking the pieces with the jump rings.

14 I continued linking the pieces with the jump rings.

It’s coming together very quickly!

15 It’s coming together very quickly!

After I linked everything together, I threaded the ribbon through the end rings…

16 After I linked everything together, I threaded the ribbon through the end rings…

…and tied a knot at the end of the ribbon.

17 …and tied a knot at the end of the ribbon.

Within minutes, the necklace was finished!

18 Within minutes, the necklace was finished!

Get more jewelry projects from our Handmade Jewelry and Accessories gallery.

Comments (13)

  • LOVE THIS! I am now on the hunt for vintage earrings!!

  • Awesome!! So is the necklace for sale for those of us not so inclined to make it ourselves??

  • What a great idea for Christmas gifts. Good way to make use of those sentimental vintage earrings I have been saving.

  • This is great! Now I know what to do with all the beautiful jewelry that I find in the antique stores.

  • This makes me think of those framed Christmas trees made out of old jewelry... simultaneously ridiculous and lovely... I'm tempted to make one every year but then I chicken out.
    ...but this necklace is just lovely! Good use of old jewelry-- esp broken or orphaned earrings :)

  • This brooch necklace is so pretty! What a great idea.

  • I officially love this necklace :)

  • This might be one of the coolest accessory repurposing projects I've ever seen. Gorgeous outcome!

  • Genius, Ashley! Thanks so much for the great sources and the step-by-step photos. I wish they would ask you to do guest posts more often! :)

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  • This is such a cute idea. I bet my grandma has some great pieces that would work well!

  • Very lovely job and a nice tutorial.

    I hate it when people hijack someone else's post to mention their own project but . . . if someone is interested in a project using vintage pins that does not damage the pins, I recently created a similar necklace. There is a tutorial here:

    http://www.examiner.com/diy-fashion-in-national/j-crew-inspired-make-a-one-of-a-kind-necklace

  • This is gorgeous. I am doing a version of this for my wedding jewelry.

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