Hi PlanetGreen readers! I'm Tiffany and I love to remake new projects out of garbage. I'm here to show you how to do it, too. I'll be bringing you monthly do-it-yourself projects and will show you how to take things you usually throw away and turn them into new. You can see a lot of my recycling design work at RePlayGround and TerraCycle. In this first project, you'll be turning old puzzles into jewelry. Keep an eye out for more recycling goodness from me, here at PlanetGreen!
Puzzled by what to do with that 999 piece puzzle piled in the back of your closet? Brush it off and put a new twist on those split-heart friendship necklaces. When you use two connecting pieces, you can keep one for yourself and give the other to your better half.
You'll need: 2 connecting puzzle pieces 2 large jump rings 2 necklaces tack needle-nosed pliers clear acrylic coating (like Polycrilic) or clear fingernail polish drill, drill bit, grommets, and grommet pliers (optional)
How to Make a Puzzle Piece Friendship Necklace
1. Take puzzle pieces and poke a hole through the top of each with a tack.
Tip: Alternatively, you can drill an 1/8" hole in the top of each piece. Then insert a grommet into each piece and crimp into place.
2. Use pliers to open up the jump ring. Thread the jump ring through the hole you created. Then close up the jump ring. Repeat for the other puzzle piece.
3. Thread the necklace through the jump ring. Coat both sides of each piece with a thin layer of acrylic coating or nail polish. Hang the necklaces and let dry. Then, show off your upcycled style by wearing one and giving the other to a friend.
Tiffany Threadgould is a design junkie who gives scrap materials a second life. She's the head of design at TerraCycle (teracycle.net). She also keeps up her own green biz, RePlayGround (replayground.com), where you can find ReMake It recycling kits and oodles of DIY projects. Tiffany thinks that garbage has feelings too and sometimes can be found talking to her pile of junk at her design studio in Brooklyn, NY.
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