What to Make Jewelry Art On

Canvases are just one idea to use when making jewelry art. What I like about them is:

  • a blank canvas lets us create ’unique to us’ art- we can design a heart, a house, a pattern, or whatever we choose
  • a blank canvas opens the door to many possibilities- we could paint the background, paint a scene, or decoupage paper on before adding jewelry
  • they come in various sizes- so we can tailor our art to fit tiny canvases or giant ones
  • they can be hung or can sit on a shelf/table- that makes them versatile when thinking ahead to where they might go, especially if a piece is for a gift
  • they come in shapes other than rectangle and square- some places offer canvas circles, hexagons, and triangles adding to the ’one of a kind-ness’ of what we can make

I do love canvases, but I always have my eye out for other things to use as well. Because I occasionally do local craft shows, I like to get pieces that I can reuse and recycle that will help fill up my booth space.

For instance, I got these 3 decorative plates at a local online auction for $5. They are handmade ceramic and dated 1982. I plan to add some paint details to the sepia tones, then add some sparkly jewels.

plates I got to makeover for jewelry art

These decorative shelves came from another online auction. They were 2 for $7. I’m going to sand, remove the bows, repaint, and add jewelry to them. No one bid on them but me, which tells me the style is outdated. A little paint and bling could make them super cute!

recycled shelves I am using for jewelry art

When I bought these chairs, they were a worn-out-brownish-gray color. I got them at a local shop, for $5 each. They didn’t look like much. I painted them and added the fabric ties and flowers. To finish, I’m going to decoupage paper (it’s just taped now) onto the seats and add a little bit of jewelry.

wooden chairs I got to use for jewelry art

Pieces of wood can make some cool things. I took 2 shelves out of an old cabinet and used them. I sold one, here is the other:

my art I made with what was a shelf out of an old cabinet

A friend gave me this frame to use for jewelry art. Frames are great for gluing jewelry on. They can also be painted.

a cool frame a friend gave me to use for jewelry art

Other reuse and recycle items for jewelry art ideas could be:

  • outdated wall hangings that could be repainted and used
  • mason jars can be painted and flowers and jewelry can be glued on
  • jewelry boxes or wooden boxes can be fun to update
  • flower pots
  • birdhouses
  • wreaths
  • even craft foam like balls or cones- can be fancied up by hot gluing jewelry onto them

The idea behind this post is to try to get us thinking outside the ’canvas only’ box. Maybe look around your space for things you’d like to makeover and add jewelry to. That can be a good starting point into this type of jewelry art.

Thank you for reading. Hope your Monday is great.



  1. Can’t wait to see what you do with the plates. Don’t forget to show us when they’re finished. I’m such an “in-the-box” thinker. LOL Your blog helps me expand.

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    • I’d love to show you when they’re finished. I wish I would’ve brought them up here to dad’s. My momma’s craft room has lots of paints… I’m excited about those plates. It is kind of hard to imagine them looking differently- they just look kind of brown. Thank you for saying my blog helps you expand. Yours does the same for me with hiking. 🙂

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  2. You are very inspiring. I vote for more before/after pictures of your art and projects. Before and after pictures are extremely popular! I love the lady with the flower (from the shelf) – great textures! And I can’t wait to see what you do with the plates. I love those scenes!

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    • Hi. That’s incredibly sweet. Thank you so much. I was thinking about maybe doing before and afters of these projects, so I love your vote!! Thank you- the sunflower skirt is one of my favorite pieces I’ve done. Love what you said about the plates! I cannot wait to do those! I need to restock my paint supply. I think they’re going to be so pretty and unique. I plan to paint that bird a soft blue, add grass details, barns will get some red, some sunsets behind the scenes, and color to her baskets. I told my husband that since they’ve been sepia for 40+ years, they deserve a little color! Thank you for saying I am inspiring. Can’t tell you how much that means!!

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    • Hi. Hope you are having a wonderful day. Thanks. It was actually my grandma’s old cabinet that had those two shelves. I kept that one and my friend got the other one for her daughter. It was fun to add the doilies. I hadn’t tried that before. I appreciate your comment, thank you.

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