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Frugal Fashion: Handmade Upcycled Ipod Cable Earrings

N.B: Don’t just throw away your old Ipod cables.  You can transform them into unique and very interesting pieces of fashion by following the instructions in the featured guest post below.EOD

Nothing is more stylish than incorporating everyday items into your wardrobe. Creating your own jewelry pieces from spare or worn-out materials not only makes you stand out from the crowd but emphasizes your original taste. Why spend hundreds of dollars on jewelry when you can make your own earrings without spending a dime? Homemade upcycled iPod cable earrings can be made with nothing more than the unused connections from broken iPod cables, a hook for the earring and a little ingenuity. When you sport these earrings out on the town, you show off your originality, your computer savvy, or your ability to be ahead of any fashion trend.

How can you build your own iPod earrings? Obviously, you need your own pair of iPod cables (unless you want to sport the single earring, in which case you need only the single cable) that are defunct. You can find defunct electronic pieces from friends, from electronic stores, or for cheap in large quantities online. Should you have a bit of entrepreneurial spirit, you could purchase a large number of defunct cables, manufacture the earrings, and sell them for a modest profit. If you would rather have the style all to yourself, however, you need only follow a few directions.

After you have the two iPod cables, use a wire stripper to peel the white rubber cord that protects the wires inside. Once you have peeled through the rubber you should be able to see the green, red, black, and white cables (two of each). Either loop the wires around each other or have them hang separately. Since these wires are flexible but hold their shape, you can twist them into any form that looks best. Model them after other earrings or create intricate whorls and loops that will catch anyone’s eyes. Check out earrings from mcarthurjewelers.com – your jewelry store in St George Utah in order to get ideas about shapes that you can mimic with the iPod wires.

Trim the wires to two or three inches so that the edges do not rub up against your neck. You can easily paint the wires new colors if you would rather have a shade of violet or turquoise than the standard colors of electronic wiring. Attach the hook to the top of the cable charger by either taping it securely down or hot gluing it to the metal and giving it an hour to dry and seal. Once you have the hook held on tight they are ready to be worn wherever — whether you want to show them off at a craft fair, at an electronics expo, or at the most prestigious fashion show that you can display your work at.

All total, the cost of putting together upcycled iPod earrings should only be a few dollars; far cheaper than jewelry made from imitation gems and metal (let alone genuine stones and silver or gold). Show off your ingenuity and your creativity with upcycled iPod earrings while everyone else wishes they had had the same idea.

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Frugal Fashion: How to Make a Beaded Necklace from Recycled Magazines

N.B: You don’t need to spend thousands of money to look fabulous and in-sync with fashion.  Being frugal doesn’t mean you keep on wearing the same boring stuff over and over again.  It’s on how you make use of the things around you to avoid spending your hard-earned money over unnecessary jewelries.  Looking for creative ways to make cool accessories from used materials is not only good for mother earth, it is also good for your pockets.  Below is a guest post on how you can make your very own fashionable beaded necklace from recycled magazines.EOD

Great beaded jewelry offers a plethora of colors and textures. You can create your own stylish jewelry with magazine pages and a few other household items. Gather a few high quality and glossy magazines and a bottle of Mod Podge or Diamond glue. You will also need a small paintbrush, scissors, elastic jewelry string, a needle, and a thin dowel or wood skewer. Once you collect these items, follow the steps below to create a fun necklace.

1. Pick out a few colorful magazine pages. Try to find pages with color on both sides.

2. Cut thin strips from the page. Cut strips in different widths and shapes. For example, a pointed strip will result in a rounded bead while a straight strip will deliver a cylinder.

3. Start with the wider end of your strip. Use your paintbrush to apply a thin layer of glue to a few inches of the paper, leaving about half an inch on the very edge free.

4. Begin wrapping the paper tightly around the dowel or skewer.

5. Apply glue to the paper as you roll it so that it sticks firmly together.

6. Once you reach the end of the strip, hold the roll tightly for a few seconds to allow glue to set.

7. Remove the bead from the dowel and coat the outside with Mod Podge or Diamond glue. Diamond glue will give the bead a shiny, hard coat.

8. Repeat steps 3 through 7 in order to create additional beads.

9. Allow beads to dry overnight or for at least 8 hours.

10. Cut a length of string long enough for the necklace.

11. Using a needle, string beads onto the strand.

12. Once the string is full of beads, tie a secure knot to close the necklace and you are ready to go!

If you do not have time to create your own colorful accessories, click here to find great deals on necklaces and other jewelry.

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