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Monday, April 19, 2010

Recycled Post: DIY Credit Card/Hotel Card Jewelry

Originally posted 8/13/09

I have another quick, easy, and cheap thrifty DIY transformation this week.

You may remember my sister and I made a quick shopping trip to Dallas a couple weeks ago.  Upon leaving the hotel, my sister grabbed the plastic hotel key cards and said “I’m keeping these!” I thought they would be a pretty cute souvenir.


The more I looked at them, the more I thought we should do something with them….I suddenly thought they would make cute earrings! Since this would be my first attempt at making any sort of jewelry, we had to make a supply run.  We picked up some jump rings and ear wires like these:


We cut the cards into various small shapes. I then used a leather punch (because it was handy and I didn’t feel like messing with the drill) to make holes in the top of the shapes. We then attached the jump rings and ear wires with needle nose pliers.  Voila!  Custom jewelry!


Here’s my beautiful sis modeling one set:

IMG_2351 More photos of our completed designs:IMG_2353


IMG_2382Out of the two cards, I think we ended up making at least four sets of earrings and three pendants. Now she has a unique, wearable souvenir!  The way they are printing such cool designs and photos on hotel key cards, gift cards, and credit cards these days, the possibilities are endless! 

You could take a little more time and make a bracelet like this one on Scavenging:

And check out these cute pieces for sale on Etsy (click on the photos to go to the listing):

Now you’ll think twice about leaving your hotel key behind or letting the cashier keep your redeemed gift cards!  I’m sure we all have a stash of used gift cards or expired credit cards taking up space in a drawer.  Save them from the landfill or recycle bin and turn them into wearable art!

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  1. What a great idea. I thought at first, wow, those are going to be some big honking earrings! They look really cute cut up like that. I really like that bracelet. I think the next time I have one of those I will be making a bracelet. That should make my hubby happy!

  2. great idea! and the jewelry is so cute.

  3. How cute is that?! I was thinking the same thing... how is a hotel card going to be earrings. lol. And y'all live close to Dallas??? Ever thought about doing a "Craft Bloggers Getogether" with DFW bloggers, 'cuz I'd definitely come. :)


  4. What an awesome idea! I wish I'd saved some of my key cards. Those are too cute!

  5. you always think of the best cutest ideas!! I will never look at a hotel key card the same way again!

  6. Hello sweet Christy - what a fabulous and creative way to recycle those hotel keys! I have a few that I have kept from special trips hubby and I have taken. Thank you for the great tip!


  7. What neat ideas...luv all of them:0 Thanks for coming to NTT!


  8. Fantastic! what a great idea, thanks for sharing :)

  9. AWESOME!!!!! Love this idea!!!!

  10. Wow! Amazing! I'm going to have to round up some old gift cards...

  11. I love this idea! I'm going to have to check my junk drawer for cool cards!!

    Thanks for linking at Lucky Star Lane!

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  13. Brilliant!
    I am about to head to Italy with some girlfriends. This will make a fun keepsake!

  14. That's really clever! They look awesome. What a great idea :)

  15. How clever! I would never have thought of something like this in a million years!

    Best wishes,

  16. What a fun post! Those are cute hotel keys which made fun jewelry. Love the other ideas too!


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