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Published on March 1st, 2013 | by Bonnie Getchell


How To: Upcycled Watch into Unique Bracelet


Do you have an old or broken watch at home? Perhaps you’ve come across one (or several) at a garage sale or thrift store. I found this DIY video on how to transform a watch into a picture locket. I wanted to take this idea even further, though, and make it into more of a piece of art! Here’s how you can turn your old watch into a bracelet that is as awesome as you are!

What You Will Need:

1. An old or broken watch. I found mine at a thrift store for $1.00.

Upcycled Watch into Unique Bracelet

2. Recycled paper. I used sheet music.

3. Scissors

4. Pens or markers

How To Do It:

1. Remove the back of your watch. This is the hardest step, but once you get the back off, it’s super simple! I used a combination of scissors and a butter knife to finally get mine off. Once you get it off, it should look something like this:

Upcycled Watch into Unique Bracelet

2. Take out the “insides” of your watch. This should be fairly easy to do, depending on your watch. The actual face of my watch wouldn’t come out, so I had to use a paper clip to get it out. Your watch should now look like this:

Upcycled Watch into Unique Bracelet

3. Use the back of your watch and trace it on your recycled paper. Again, I used sheet music, but you could use junk mail envelopes, book pages, etc.

Upcycled Watch into Unique Bracelet

4. Color or draw whatever you would like on your recycled paper. I drew a little red heart! For a larger watch, you could write a short quote or name on it, too!

Upcycled Watch into Unique Bracelet

Isn’t is so unique and cute? I can’t wait to find more watches to transform! What design would you choose for your upcycled watch? Oh, and if you’re looking for more DIY jewelry projects, check out this post: 10 DIY Jewelry Projects from Recycled Materials.

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Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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