Thursday, September 4, 2014

Corrugated Cardboard Jewelry How To







I've been on a recycling or upcycling kick lately.  Making a bowl and napkin rings out of newspaper and a fancy hand ring from a soda bottle.  

You've probably thrown away some cardboard packing material recently.  You know the kind with the corrugated ridges.  Did you ever think you could make corrugated cardboard into beautiful jewelry?  Let me show and tell you how:

Go get the packing cardboard box you just recently tossed.  Take a look at it and select a smooth portion to work with,  grab the end corner and tear off the top layer of paper to reveal the ridges (corrugated) inside.  You knew that was there, right!






Next, cut the corrugated cardboard you've revealed into thin even strips about 1/4 inch wide and at least 10-12 inches long.



  For the larger round piece you'll need about three of these strips glued together, for the middle size, two 10-12 inch strips and for the smaller piece, just one strip will do.

Start rolling the strip firmly with the smooth side inside and the corrugated on the outside. You'll find that if you roll too tight the ridges might collapse and you don't want that to happen.  You want a nice decorative look with the corrugated ridges. 



Apply a small amount of tacky glue or hot glue along the middle of the strip along the length, being careful that the glue doesn't ooze out onto the sides.  Continue rolling evenly until reaching the end and then glue it securely to the circle, add the next strip to the piece by matching ridges and glue.  Continue rolling and gluing the final strip the same way and allow to dry completely. 




Do the same for the other two smaller pieces.

Apply mod podge or clear varnish over both sides of all the circles to seal the cardboard and let dry.


Glue decorative half stones in the center of the circles.



 Connect the three pieces together with jump rings inserted through the open ridges and attach a favorite chain to wear.








So beautiful!  How's that for recycling!

 
Take a little time to enjoy

and

Happy Crafting!


 






25 comments:

  1. Just beautiful Gail, you're the recycling queen! Enjoy the cruise and congrats on 45 years, that's amazing.

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  2. Gail,
    You never fail to amaze me! You, my friend, can turn anything into something beautiful! Where do you get those ideas? I look at cardboard and at best, think of using it to cut a picture mat or something equally mundane. You see jewelry! Beautiful!
    Congrats and enjoy!
    Hugs,
    Cecilia

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  3. I hope you're relaxing and enjoying your cruise, Gail!

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  4. This necklace looks so elegant and fashionable... Wow.. I can't tell just by the photo that it's made out of cardboard. Creative!!

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  5. That turned out amazing Gail! Enjoy your cruise, and congrats on 45 years!

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  6. Of course you made jewelry out of cardboard1 You are such a clever one! I still remember your safety pin jewelry too! I sure hope you'll post about your anniversary cruise! Congratulations and enjoy!

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  7. Gail, this is the coolest thing ever! You have elevated cardboard jewelry to a new level! Happy Anniversary!

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  8. "45 Years of Wedded Bliss"! not many folks can say that, Gail! Congratulations! Enjoy your cruise! Love the creative necklace!

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  9. Congratulations on 45 years Gail - so wonderful. You come up with more outside the box ideas - love this cardboard jewelry. Beautiful. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

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  10. What a neat recycling idea! I like addition of the jewels. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week :)

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  11. Gail, happy cruising with Mr. Purple Hues! At least that is who I hope you are celebrating with. Love the idea of recycling cardboard into jewelry. And yes, I went and took some out of the recycling bin to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Very clever idea for jewelry! Congrats on your anniversary, too. Thanks for linking up to Make It Monday, our new link party!

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  13. This is a great DIY, thanks for sharing at the #WWDParty and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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  14. Very creative use of cardboard. I would've never thought to make jewelry from it. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

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  15. double wow!! these cardboard jewelry are awesome! so lovely who knew?!?! Thanks for sharing with us at the Creative Craft Challenge!

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    1. Hey Gail, this will be featured this week at the creative craft challenge! I hope you stop by Friday!

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  16. Gail, It takes a truly creative soul to come up with something as cool as this! It really gives the impression of wound chains at first glance. Thanks for sharing your fun idea!

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  17. Yes this is a fun idea. Who would have thought of it, Gail would. So creative, it must bring you a lot of pleasure.

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  18. Congratulations Gail. Hope your trip is over the top fantastic. I look forward to reading that post.

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  19. Gail, you are incredibly creative! What a unique piece of jewelry. It's lovely.

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  20. What a unique necklace! I would never have thought to use cardboard to create such an eye-catcing necklace. So creative!

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  21. We just moved, so we have a ton of cardboard boxes right now. I would have never thought to turn them into anything great idea!

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  22. Wow. What a great idea for recycling.

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