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Upcycle: Zip-cessorize ...


My friend Lisa (of PoldaPop designs) is a big fan of old zippers and makes amazing things with them.  This post is inspired by her zippy creativity (!) and by these beautiful tutorials I found.  (Note: this could have been a HUGE roundup but I made the very unusual decision to avoid the rabbit hole, stop looking and publish!  Zipper pile image above via Flickr)


I love the delicacy of this little zip ring ... it doesn't hurt that it's beautifully photographed.  Get the how-to at Kimbos Crafts


A very simple zipper bracelet ... from 365 do-overs


Slightly more sophisticated bracelet DIY - really pretty result. 


Ruffle a few ballet flats ... who knew?  Tutorial at Craftaholics Anonymous


There are lots of tutorials out there for making zipper flowers... to use as pins or bracelets.  This one is care of ThisandThatCreative via Poldapop.  Lovely round-up of zipper flowers here.


No tutorials but you have to see (and be inspired by) the amazing work of Amalia Versaci ...  If you do want to make a zipper necklace, head over to AlreadyPretty for a video tutorial 


I found this visual tutorial posted here. Even with the translator on, I couldn't find the original source.


Here's my take on the zipper pendant - super simply DIY


Do you have a pile of zippers just begging to be used up? Check out this great tutorial from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. You need 13 zippers for this one!


A slightly more ambitious purse? Great tutorial here ... 


Yet another take on a zipper necklace. Love the tuxedo effect when paired with this shirt. Complete DIY care of Michele Ng


How about a bow tie? Spotted on Etsy.


Great tutorial for this woven zipper bracelet - I love how much texture is in this! (In Italian - use your translator!)


Forgive me, but I can't help but think of these lovely things as Zipper Flies! Great video tutorial at Help Me Ronda



And finally, for the pure art of the feature ... go look at the incredible roundup of zipper accessories at Trend de la Creme