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, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • H*

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    OMG really? i would have never though about all this options!


  • Annie

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    I love this! I’m hitting ebay right now! x


  • Loulou

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, great ideas! I particularly like them pinned to the points of you collar.

    Loulou Downtown

  • Forever Favelle

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    The shoes look amazing! You are so creative and have shown so many ways to use the earrings, I would never have considered buying clip on earrings before seeing this post. I have a couple of plain pairs of shoes that would look so good with some embellishment . Thanks for the ideas 🙂

  • Tegan McIntosh

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    wow these ideas are amazing! love them!

  • Jola

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    Amazing ideas! I like the necklace-earring-combo 🙂


  • Gawgus things...

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    Oh my goodness! So many possibilities! Love it 🙂
    Emma x

  • Zoi

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    Ooooh Maegan great ideas…i loved it!

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  • Mruna Mistry

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    Really cool post! Thanks for sharing!

  • Consider Me Lovely

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    So many great ideas! I love them pinned on a collar!

  • Megan

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    Great ideas! I really enjoy these types of posts from you because they inspire me to be more creative with things I have laying around in my everyday life. I particularly love how you refashioned the bangle bracelet with the rhinestone earrings. It’s very lovely and something I would like to wear.

  • My Dressy Ways

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    AMAZING! Those are so gorgeous and I doubt I’ll find a pair as beautiful as yours but wow! I’ll be keeping my eyes out for some. I especially love how you put them on the back of the shoes.

  • Shabna

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    EVERY single thing you made is AMAZING. Especially when you placed it as collar tips, WOW!

  • Pat

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    Loved the ideas… especially the bangles. The pearl necklace looks gorgeous, too.

    Take care.


  • Srta. Holly

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for a lot of ideas.
    I love them!


  • Schnelle

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    Wow these are all such great ideas. I love the shoe clips and bracelet idea!

  • Nic

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    your projects are SOOO inspiring! i LOVE this…all wonderful ideas. i love the clips on the heels and the clutch the best 🙂


  • Katya

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    nice ideas ♥

  • Yak Man

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    omygosh, great ideas! :O

    the collar tips are awesome 😀

  • House of Avandan

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    Those are great ideas! Love them on the blue heels.


  • Bee And San

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    Amazing Ideas!!!!


  • Marina

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    I love it all ideas! Your blog is amazing! I love it!

    xoxo M.

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  • taryn

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    you are so beautifully talented! you never cease to amaze me! 🙂

  • drollgirl

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    BEAUTIFUL! i love the little rhinestone effects! they make everything more FUN! and so pretty.

    velllll done!!!!!!

  • snow. white

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    Looks amazing. 🙂 Keep it up!

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  • Stella

    February 16, 2012 | Reply

    Amazing! So many brilliant ideas!

  • Alela Sirah

    February 17, 2012 | Reply
  • indie by heart

    February 17, 2012 | Reply

    Ooh, gorgeous ideas ! I might have to save some of them to my Pinterest board ^^ Lovely :>

    Really great blog too!

    Indie by Heart

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    February 17, 2012 | Reply

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  • jin

    February 17, 2012 | Reply

    wow! i love this idea! i love how you put them on the back of the shoes! so unexpected!

  • Anonymous

    February 23, 2012 | Reply

    Love the versatility of this DIY! The bracelet is by far my fav 🙂 Thanks for the post!

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  • richardsmith

    March 7, 2012 | Reply

    Cool, that’s truly a nice collection, why don’t you show some designs of swarovski crystal party bags .

  • Candie@Craftbaby.com

    April 3, 2012 | Reply

    oh boy! Those shoes! For some reason they remind me of something that Rachel McAdams would wear in the notebook. haha You should totally enter this project in Craftbaby’s ‘Upcycle Challenge’! http://www.craftbaby.com/contests/3/upcycle-it-sweeps

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