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 |

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


  • Annie

    February 16, 2012 |

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


  • Loulou

    February 16, 2012 |

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

    Loulou Downtown

  • Forever Favelle

    February 16, 2012 |

    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 |

    wow these ideas are amazing! love them!

  • Jola

    February 16, 2012 |

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


  • Gawgus things...

    February 16, 2012 |

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

  • Zoi

    February 16, 2012 |

    Ooooh Maegan great ideas…i loved it!

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  • Mruna Mistry

    February 16, 2012 |

    Really cool post! Thanks for sharing!

  • Consider Me Lovely

    February 16, 2012 |

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

  • Megan

    February 16, 2012 |

    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 |

    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 |

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

  • Pat

    February 16, 2012 |

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

    Take care.


  • Srta. Holly

    February 16, 2012 |

    Thanks for a lot of ideas.
    I love them!


  • Schnelle

    February 16, 2012 |

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

  • Nic

    February 16, 2012 |

    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 |

    nice ideas ♥

  • Yak Man

    February 16, 2012 |

    omygosh, great ideas! :O

    the collar tips are awesome 😀

  • House of Avandan

    February 16, 2012 |

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


  • Bee And San

    February 16, 2012 |

    Amazing Ideas!!!!


  • Marina

    February 16, 2012 |

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

    xoxo M.

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  • taryn

    February 16, 2012 |

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

  • drollgirl

    February 16, 2012 |

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

    velllll done!!!!!!

  • snow. white

    February 16, 2012 |

    Looks amazing. 🙂 Keep it up!

    greetings from

  • Stella

    February 16, 2012 |

    Amazing! So many brilliant ideas!

  • Alela Sirah

    February 17, 2012 |
  • indie by heart

    February 17, 2012 |

    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 |

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  • jin

    February 17, 2012 |

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

  • Anonymous

    February 23, 2012 |

    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 |

    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 |

    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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