Bauble Upcycling Ideas and Inspiration

Upcycling is a great way to make use of well loved pieces of old costume jewellery and transform them into something new.

Using old beads, chains and charms as embellishments, plastic, paper mache or polystyrene baubles can be crafted into beautiful eye catching ornaments ideal for an opulent Christmas decoration, home ornament or unique gift.

Local charity stores or secondhand shops are a good place to find extra jewellery and can also provide inspiration for your craft idea.

We mixed the old and new together and came up with these upcycled bauble ideas which we hope will inspire you to create a your own.

These ideas can be adapted to suit all crafting levels and can even be the perfect way to introduce yourself to new crafting techniques.

Enjoy experimenting and let your imagination run wild!

  • Indulgent Metallic Leaf Bauble – See idea

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Take inspiration from our upcycled bauble which is crafted using metal leaf on a polystyrene ball to create a shining base for embellishment.

Adding dark grey plastic pearls, bracelet beads and charms from a necklace, we created an extravagant look for our bauble, perfect to hang on the Christmas tree or give as a special gift.

  • Luxury paper Mache Bauble – See idea

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Our luxury upcycled paper mache baubles are quite easy to create and add a touch of opulence to your decor.

The embellishments on our paper mache baubles are created using old costume jewellery purchased from a local charity store and a few pieces of ribbon leftover from other craft projects.

  • Opulent Peacock Inspired Bauble – See idea

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Take inspiration from our opulent peacock polystyrene upcycled bauble idea.

This idea is perfect as a show stopping unique Christmas centrepiece or a year round ornament adding luxury to any room. It would also look stunning at a wedding or wow a loved one if presented as a gift!


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  • Elegant Plastic Bauble Craft – See idea

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Be inspired by this simple yet elegant teardrop bauble idea.

Made with beads from secondhand jewellery, a pretty papercraft decoration and dove embellishments, the completed look has an opulent feel.

Perfect for adding that little bit of luxury to your Christmas decorations, or a personal touch to any celebration.

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It’s just three simple steps to create your own upcycled bead bauble:

  1. Choose the beads you want to fill your bauble with and place in one half of the plastic bauble.
  2. Clip the two sides of the bauble together.
  3. We used the chain and a bead from a secondhand necklace to hang the filled bauble and added an organza bow to finish it off.
  • Pretty Peacock Glass Bauble – See idea

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This pretty peacock feather bauble would looked beautiful displayed on your Christmas tree or as a unique decoration in your home or at any special occasion.

We created this idea using 90mm glass heart baubles, peacock feathers, ribbon and beads taken from an old necklace and upcycled.


Remember to visit our How To, Hints and Tips For Crafts pages to help introduce you to new crafting techniques and inspire you when planning your next project.

Check out our Crafty Christmas Baubles for more festive inspiration or browse all our Bauble Making ideas here.

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