How to Make a Necklace with Recycled Gift Cards


How to Make a Necklace with Recycled Gift Cards


I posted a photo on Instagramlast week of a box I received from Jacquard and the goodies that it contained.




I wasn’t expecting the Pinata Metallic Alcohol Inks to be in the box and for about a half a second I wasn’t sure what I would do with them. Then I remembered my GIANT stack of Starbucks gift cards also had silver and gold metallic images/graphics in them and I started to wonder what if…





So I broke open my new Fiskars Cuts + More Scissors that I received at CHA knowing I was going to need some heavy duty cutting power for this project.

I cut several Starbucks Gift Cards (with a zero balance of course) into irregular circles.

I have to tell you that the Fiskars Cuts + More Scissors went through those gift cards with no problems. (No, they aren’t paying me for this post but I wouldn’t lie to you anyway) Even after cutting lots of circles my hands didn’t hurt!





Once cut, I hit the plastic discs with a heat gun and let them warp and bend a bit.

I used an extra large set of tweezers to hold the plastic while I heated it but you could also use a wooden clothespin.

After the shapes cooled I dripped gold and silver Metallic Pinata Ink on them and let them dry over night.

(The best way to use the two colors without them running together completely is to drip one color, let it dry a little, and then drip on the second color.)




Then I dug around in my stash and found a 3 yard length of Sueded Cording from Darice and cut it into thirds.

I put several knots on the individual cords just in the center 6 or 8 inches and then knotted all three strands together at the sides.

The knots hold the discs in place on the cord to keep them all from falling to the center and bunching up.




Then I used my two hole punch to put holes in the plastic discs and a 7mm jump ring to attach them to the sueded cording.

Once the discs were on the way I wanted them I used a ribbon end crimp and a lobster clasp for the closure.

This necklace took a little time to make with all of the cutting and the drying time of the alcohol ink but was pretty easy to put together once that was done. I got several comments over the weekend about my new necklace. People don’t realize it’s made from plastic gift cards until I tell them.

I love the see the look on their face when they try to process that bit of information. :)





For more information I recommend these reviews on Craft Test Dummies:

Fiskars Cuts+More Scissors 

Jacquard Pinata Metallic Alcohol Inks
To see more recycled craft projects be sure to visit my blogging friends below!

Disclosure: Several products were provided for my use but all opinions are my own.

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17 Responses to “How to Make a Necklace with Recycled Gift Cards”

  1. Cheryl Margolin
    May 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    This necklace is terrific……can we also use the endless fake “credit cards” we receive from credit card offers in the mail……..I’ve got a drawful of those and would love to do something with them. Wonder if they’d work on this???

    • May 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

      They might actually work BETTER because that plastic tends to be a little thinner than the gift cards. It might be easier to curl with the heat gun.
      You never know until you try!
      Let me know how it goes for you.


      • Cheryl Margolin
        May 8, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

        Thanks Vicki : )

        I’m going to give it a try later this weekend and I’ll let you know what happens …… many colors on those cards could make for some interesting effects……..

        Cheryl : )

  2. May 7, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    I love it! This is so creative too! Thanks for sharing.

  3. April 9, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    This is great! I like the added step of heating them to make them curl. It makes the necklace! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • April 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

      Thanks Kathy, I really appreciate your comment and compliment!

  4. April 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Vicki, I cannot believe you made that gorgeous necklace from GIFTCARDS. Love it!!

    • April 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

      Thank you, Niki. I appreciate the compliment. ♥

  5. April 3, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    What a fun box of goodies to play with! I wouldn’t have guessed the necklace was made from gift cards – the inks look really pretty on them.

    • April 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

      Thanks, Leah. I appreciate your comment and compliment! :)

  6. Elaine
    April 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Vicki you truly are a creative goddess. I love this idea and can’t wait to give it a try. You are always so inspiring.

    • April 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

      Awww. Shucks. Thank you, Elaine. I appreciate your support. ♥

  7. April 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    What an incredible idea! Cute and eco friendly, I like it! You’re a pretty smart lady Vicki :)
    We already knew that but it’s worth saying!

    • April 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

      Thank you, Deb. Thank you for saying such a nice thing. It means a lot to me.


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