DIY Necklace – Recycled Salt Shaker

DIY Necklace – Recycled Salt Shaker

This recycled craft necklace tutorial takes collecting miniature salt and pepper shakers to a whole new level. The best thing about this necklace is that it has a secret hole to keep little treasures in!

What you need

One miniature shaker (at least two holes),
Strand of chandler crystals (enough to make a necklace),
Old clip-on earring with holes on either end to thread wire through


Pick a small ceramic or china shaker.  (Remember you’re wearing it around your  neck and therefore do not want too much extra weight).

Junk or antique shops that sells old chandlers should have a good supply of cut glass/crystal links. Get enough to make a necklace that will fit over your head and the extra 3 pieces needed for the middle link.

Often the crystals will come in long strands, if not, connect each strand together to  form a necklace, leaving the last two links unattached.  You can do this with your hands or wire pliers.

Using the holes in the shaker (best to use one with three holes) hook the wire  from each end of the necklace through one hole each.

Bring both wires through the third hole and wrap and twist them together and  then around the base of the necklace, just above the shaker.

Now find the spot where you want to put the clip-on earring and disconnect the two crystal links.

Remove the earring’s backing with pliers.

Using the crystal link, loop the wire around either end of the earring until it is secure. I used a metal and wire clip-on that had beads, so it was easy to slip the  wire through the holes between the beading.


  1. Great idea and creative way to upcycle! I have lots of antique knick knacks from past relatives that I didn’t know what to do with. This gives me some fresh ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  2. awesome project

  3. horrible project!!!!

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