6 Clever Ways to Upcycle Orphaned Accessories into New Treasures

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A misplaced pearl earring. A locket with a lost chain. A glove missing its mate. We’ve all had run-ins with orphaned or defunct accessories, and oftentimes the heartbreak can be overwhelming. But the loss of an accessory doesn’t have to be the end of the world. With a little ingenuity and elbow grease, you can easily upcycle what you might consider trash into a brand new treasure. Here are six solutions for common wardrobe malfunctions that can be spiffed up in a jiffy.

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LONE EARRING → SHOE JEWELRY

Of all the paired accessories, earrings are probably the most easy to misplace. While one solution is to simply wear the lone earring without its mate (mismatched jewelry is one of my favorite things right now), another fun option is to use it to add sparkle to an old pair of shoes.

Dangly earrings with hook-style ends work best for this. Simply grapple the earring over the back of your shoe and secure the inside with a piece of duct tape. Have a single stud-style earring that you don’t know what to do with? Pin it onto your jacket lapels for instant shine.

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CHAINLESS LOCKET → SHINY NEW BROOCH

If you have a locket or other charm lying untouched in your jewelry box because it has lost its chain, here’s an easy way to get it some play in your wardrobe. Just get a safety pin that is big enough to support the locket and fasten it onto a coat, shirt, or even a bag.

The imperfect look is tres chic and has an effortless, found-object feel that is great for dressing up an outfit in a nonchalant “Oh, this old thing?” way.

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GLOVE THAT’S LOST ITS LOVE → RUNWAY-INSPIRED HEADBAND

The loss of a glove is especially difficult to recover from (at least now that the Halloween rush for Michael Jackson costume components is over). Take a tip from Outsapop and copy Dolce & Gabbana’s glove-as-headband runway look. All you need is a glove, a headband, and a glue gun. It’s really that simple.

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3 Responses to “6 Clever Ways to Upcycle Orphaned Accessories into New Treasures”

  1. […] browsing InHabitat’s fairly new eco style-based blog, Ecouterre, I came across this article, 6 Clever Ways to Upcycle Orphaned Accessories into New Treasures. I hate to say it but some items are better left […]

  2. nao says:

    These suggestions are pretty clever, I’m feeling inspired to revive some of my favorite RIP items. Love the shoe jewelry idea, the glove headband is rad but I’m not courageous or fierce enough to get away with it I think. Well maybe…

  3. […] The bad news: As you may have guessed from the “£,” Glove Love’s in the U.K. A closer-to-home green glove idea’s to plan a Valentine’s Day clothing swap — that includes lonely accessories like single earrings and gloves, or if you’re bold, shoes — to mix-and-match or upcycle. […]

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