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Posted on 2008.05.30 at 10:06
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EDIT: (29 November 2008) I have several pieces like these now available in my Etsy shop. Let me know if you don't see anything you like. I'm open to doing custom orders.

A coworker of mine gave me a stack of used-up Starbucks gift cards that she had been saving with the intent to find a place to recycle them. After having no luck, she offered them to me, thinking I could do something crafty with them. Well, I did.

These were a going away present for a different coworker who transferred to another store. I cut out the logos from three gift cards, sanded them into circles, used an emery board to smooth the edges and a nail to make a small hole. Two I attached to earring hoops, and one I turned into a matching necklace, together with coffee bean beads and those stopper beads from guitar strings, strung on fishing line. She loved them. I also made a pair of earrings for my manager.

Gift Card EarringsGift Card EarringsGift Card Necklace, Close-Up

Inspired by these, I cut up another card into squares, filed down the corners and made a bracelet. The strip left over, I dipped into boiling water and molded into a ring.

Blue Starbucks Bracelet, BeforeBlue Starbucks BraceletBlue Starbucks Ring

Then I made another bracelet (I forgot to take a before shot of the Valentine's Day gift card - yes, the squirrel is holding a heart)

Red Starbucks Bracelet

And another

Second Blue Starbucks Bracelet

And a couple more (I got both of these out of one card)

Gold Starbucks Bracelets, BeforeGold Starbucks Bracelets

Now what else can I do with these...


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love's the greatest thing
leeann_marie at 2008-05-30 15:32 (UTC) (Link)
These are so brilliant! Nice work!
knitphomaniac at 2008-05-30 23:20 (UTC) (Link)
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knitphomaniac at 2008-05-30 23:20 (UTC) (Link)
I've got some other ideas. I suppose we'll just have to see what transpires...
Julian McPhi
alteredmana at 2008-05-30 16:23 (UTC) (Link)
make more and sell them
knitphomaniac at 2008-05-30 23:21 (UTC) (Link)
Perhaps. The bracelets at least don't have the logo, so no worries about copyright infringement.
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(Anonymous) at 2008-05-30 17:30 (UTC) (Link)


OMG What a great idea!!! They're so cute!
knitphomaniac at 2008-05-30 23:22 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Brilliant!

Thank you!
(Anonymous) at 2008-05-30 18:54 (UTC) (Link)

Starbucks crafts

You are too cool! I love those!

Sonya/sonniebk3 on ravelry
knitphomaniac at 2008-05-30 23:24 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Starbucks crafts

Glad you like them! And thanks for sending others my way. :)
(Anonymous) at 2008-05-30 19:58 (UTC) (Link)
I came over via Sonya's link and have to say these are amazing. Such a unique idea that turned out brilliantly! I've read through some of your other posts and immediately subscribed to your blog...you do some amazing things!

(elkbiologist on Ravelry)
knitphomaniac at 2008-05-30 23:26 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I do a little bit of everything. I mostly stick to knitting, but like to try my hand at lots of crafts, some successfully, others not so much.
(Anonymous) at 2008-05-30 20:52 (UTC) (Link)

Too Cool


These are GREAT--can you bring any you want to sell to next week's SnB? Especially the bracelet.

Maxly on Ravelry
knitphomaniac at 2008-05-30 23:27 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Too Cool

Okay. I have no idea what they're worth though. What would you pay for one?
(Anonymous) at 2008-05-31 01:37 (UTC) (Link)


You are so creative! You definitely get that from your Grandma (not me)
(Anonymous) at 2008-05-31 13:37 (UTC) (Link)


This is such a good idea! I love coffee so when I get a present it us usually a starbucks gift card! I have so many now I know what I can do with them! I really like the earings! Good work!
knitphomaniac at 2008-05-31 19:48 (UTC) (Link)

Re: amazing!

Thanks! Glad you like them.
(Anonymous) at 2008-06-03 17:21 (UTC) (Link)

Starbucks Jewelry

Great idea! Looks like a good use for all those junk mail cards, as well.

(Anonymous) at 2008-06-03 17:29 (UTC) (Link)


These aere amazing. Excellent idea, and great work!

Heather from heathersdoodles.blogspot.com
(Anonymous) at 2008-06-03 17:59 (UTC) (Link)
They are extraordinary!!! I never saw those cards before (then again I don't get much of a chance going to Starbucks, there being none where I live!!)

I like what you did with them, one would never guess what they were originally!!!! Keep the imagination going!!!!

(Anonymous) at 2008-06-03 18:55 (UTC) (Link)


These are very cool! You should check out the new magazine coming out next year from Stampington & Company called GreenCraft. The information is here: http://www.stampington.com/html/postscript_03112008_newpubs.html
Vermithrax Pejorative
fyrdrakken at 2008-06-03 20:18 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, wow!
omgwat at 2008-06-03 20:34 (UTC) (Link)
these are amazingly cute! I knew I kept gift cards for a reason!
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