Rethinking Eyelets!

The other day, after making my luggage tag tutorial, I was showing my daughter, Jamie, how the eyelet pliers worked to squish the eyelets. I pressed one, not attached to anything, and let it drop to the desk. Then I sat there and stared at it, for something like 30 seconds. She thought I was off my rocker. Guess I’d never seen a squished eyelet that wasn’t stuck in something. It looked pretty cool and I decided I had to make something out of it. (This is how my brain works.)

So with a pile of vintage enameled eyelets, (or grommets…same thing?,) I sifted through for the pretty blue ones, pressed a bunch and linked them together with jump-rings. I connected the ends with a lobster clasp and made a bracelet, finishing it off with a little scissors charm.

Eyelet/grommets are sold in most every craft and fabric store. I found my pack of 300 in a sewing supplies pile at an antique store for $3.50

Ok, maybe not the craftiest of crafts, but seriously, I’d never thought outside the box with these little buggers before. Gosh, you could mix up the colors, weave them into a mesh using jump rings, connect to make flowers, add beads strung between the hole…there’s so many ways to go! I think this would also make a great kid craft project!

I can’t decide which side of the eyelets I like best, the smooth or the peeled.

If buying supplies for this project for kids, be sure to get soft metal jump-rings for easy opening & closing for little hands.

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26 Responses to Rethinking Eyelets!

  1. #1 - Chelsea says:

    cute idea. I love the color of the eyelets you found. lucky girl, you.

  2. #2 - sassypackrat says:

    Great idea! Isn’t it exciting when something completely different than the norm just jumps out at you?

  3. #3 - Kaye at Kaye's Kreative Korner says:

    Verrrrry creative! Way to think outside the box!! Love it!

  4. #4 - Blue Castle says:

    Those are beautiful! I love how your mind works. 🙂

  5. #5 - Katie says:

    Once again, so creative I can’t stand it. I’d never have thought of that and I have a TON of eyelets.

  6. #6 - Tea says:

    Wow I will never look at eyelets the same way again! 🙂

  7. #7 - BeckyKay says:

    Pretty! Whodathunk?

  8. #8 - Mary Ann says:

    Very cute. Kind of like chainmaille with eyelets.

  9. #9 - Needs Help says:

    Very cool idea, I think it makes a neat looking necklace 🙂

  10. #10 - JHalmes says:

    The best ideas usually come from “accidents”. Very cute bracelet!

  11. #11 - sassyglassdesigns says:

    Very clever…it does look like chainmaille.

  12. #12 - Pfeiffer Photos says:

    That is so how my brain works, too. Maybe explains the boxes and piles of stuff I keep because I just KNOW I can make SOMETHING out of it someday, lol!

  13. #13 - Marley says:

    Thanks for the kind words! I actually just recently stumbled on your little blog, and just fell in love with your projects! I especially loved the pin-cushion truck!

    I really want to make these bracelets with my niece now. She would love it! I’ll have to keep my eyes out for some super-cute charms to go on them!

  14. #14 - Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com says:

    Great idea!!

  15. #15 - Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

    This is so, so, SO COOL! I love it! Heather from CroqZine emailed me about this and I was blown away when I saw it. Super creative and so pretty! I’m really excited about this because I have BINS of these things. YAY! I’ll be linking once I calm down. =)

  16. #16 - My name is PJ. says:

    Love the idea! Now, if your brain could just be mass produced, packaged and sold…we could all buy it and turn the world literally on its ear!

  17. #17 - wendyp says:

    what a great idea!!! I still have tons that I never really used in scrapbooking. LOVE the look of the jewelry!!!

  18. #18 - sara jane says:

    Holy cow! That is genius! I just love how your brain works!

  19. #19 - Carol Anne's Boutique says:

    Hi Cathe,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! OMG, your bird IS the same as athe sheet music!! That is really neat!! I just love your creative ideas…can I add your blog to my favorites?
    Have a beautiful day~
    Carol Anne

  20. #20 - StampinMom says:

    Now that’s really cute and so creative! I’ve got a ton of eyelets laying around the studio, I may have to try this one out. Thanks a bunch! Oh and I just favorited you shop and added your cute button to my sidebar!! Love your blog, thanks for some inspiration!

    Jamie 🙂

  21. #21 - ~ tracychong ~ says:

    What a great idea! I would have never guessed they were eyelets, so pretty 🙂

  22. #22 - sea-blue-sky & abstracts says:

    Serendipity – what a great result. The scissors charm works really well, too.

  23. #23 - sea-blue-sky & abstracts says:

    Serendipity – what a great result. The scissors charm works really well, too.

  24. #24 - SueLovesCherries says:

    Whaddoyamean not the “craftiest of crafts”? I would expect to see these on Etsy or somewhere!

    Oh, the cleverness of you! (to kinda quote Peter Pan)

  25. #25 - Cheryl Carey Bass says:

    Awesome! I love it! I love, too, how altered art teaches us to continually think outside the box like you’ve done here! It’s a whole new way of viewing the world–we really look at things!

  26. #26 - Anonymous says:

    Actually, grommets and eyelets are not the same thing. While an eyelet is a single piece of metal, a grommet takes two distinct metal pieces that are usually pounded together with a rubber mallet to join together, and they can come in much larger sizes than eyelets, and are typically used for more rugged purposes.

    http://www.metalgrommets.com/faq.html