Fun Way to Repurpose an Old Wrist Watch

by Carol Wofford.
(Halifax Virginia)

Repurposing an old watch, by Carol Wofford  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

I thought I would share this fun way to repurpose an old wrist watch.

I love to repurpose things and I came up with this idea for an old watch.

First I removed the band and popped the back off and took out the works including the winding stem on the side.

Then I got an old deck of playing cards and traced around the queen, cut to fit snugly inside the case.

Next I strung some decorative beads on a wire and added a loop to hang it.

I placed the long end of wire in the hole where the stem was and made a loop on the end inside the case, nice and snug so it won’t come loose and i added a drop of E600 glue to make sure it stayed in place.

Pop the back on and added some more beads and chain and tada! It makes a pretty pendant.

I’m going to add some beads and chain to make a necklace.

You can do this with just about any watch as long as the watch case has holes where it attaches to the band and not a bar.

Carol Wofford

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  • Carol, I love the fun way you used a Queen from a deck of cards – a cool “cameo” effect. The red toned beads add a nice pop of color that brings out the red of the card. This is a really neat repurposing project.

  • Lokidragon says:

    Wonderfully original! Perfect in every way.

  • Glenda Munguia says:

    Very good idea! I had several old watches this would have been great for, thanks for sharing.

  • Jean Forman says:

    How creative! I am in Virginia also by the way.

  • Isabella says:

    What a great idea! What did you use to get the back off?

  • Ellen says:

    I love this! I agree with Rena – I like the Queen in the middle.

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