10 Ways to Easily Upcycle Vintage Rhinestone Earrings

vintage  rhinestone  earrings on   teal snakeskin bag

I found these large vintage rhinestone earrings on Ebay for under $5, but I’m 100% sure my local thrift shops have a nice little collection and yours would too. I bet you could also find some in your Grandma’s jewelry box, if she’ll part with them! Since they’re clip-ons, and clip-ons never seem to say clipped onto my little lobes, I thought I’d upcycle them in a number of ways to show you just how versatile they are as well as adding that extra something to brighten up a plain object, giving it a really unique vintage flair.


* Beading Pliers
* Wire cutters
* Hot glue gun

First things first… let’s remove the earring backs.

vintage rhinestone earrings DIYs

* Using your pliers, bend the clip on metal piece up, and using your wire cutters, snip them off at the base.

vintage rhinestone earrings DIYs 2

Now we’re left with two gorgeous vintage rhinestone findings… imagine the possibilities!

Here’s what I came up with…

1. Shoe Clips

blue suede shoes  with rhinestone shoe clips

vintage rhinestone shoe clips diy

* Simply hot-glue your shoe clips onto the backs of your rhinestone clusters. You can find shoe clip findings on Ebay or Etsy {Ebay is cheaper!}

Vintage Rhinestones DIY -  vintage shoe clips

2. Headbands, Headwear, Combs, Barrettes

rhinestone head band DIY

* Simply hot-glue your rhinestones onto an existing headband, ribbon, scarf, or stretchy elastic band. You may also choose to hand-stitch them if you prefer. Easily glue them onto a comb or barrette {or two!} for a pretty updo!

vintage  rhinestones on  a satin head band

3. Bracelets, Cuffs, Bangles

diy bracelet from vintage rhinestone earrings

* Glue them onto an old bangle or bendable cuff.

vintage rhinestone bracelet cuff diy

diy vintage rhinestone bracelet cuff

4. Bags, Clutches

leopard clutch-snakeskin clutch-pink fur-vintage rhinestones

* Pump up the volume on a boring {or not so boring} clutch or bag and make it one of a kind!

5. Brooches, Pins

rhinestone earrings into brooches diy

* Simply hot-glue a pin back to each and Voila! Instant brooches! Pin them onto a scarf, belt, or…

rhinestone brooch  diy pinned on a bow blouse

* Pin them together on your favorite blouse… off to the side or right on the bow!

collar tips diy-pink blouse- rhinestone collar

* Pin one to each of your collar tips!

vintage rhinestones  on a pearl choker necklace

* Pin them onto a cluster of pearls or chain necklaces!

6. Just for fun!

Vintage rhinestones + black mask...

* Add them to the edges of a mask for a masquerade ball {or a fun night in the bedroom *wink}

Have Fun!


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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, and home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life with her husband and adorable dogs, two Frenchies & an old Pug in wheels. Here you will find her talking about their journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation up to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life.


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