Vintage Earring Repurpose

If you’re trying to think of a unique gift idea for a gal on your list or if you just need a special something to accessorize your look, I may have just the thing for you.  This involves very little cost and honestly not a whole lot of effort, but may leave your friends jealous because of its one of a kind nature.  (Okay, two of a kind!)

I’m talking about vintage repurposed earrings into beautiful rings to wear on your finger for any occasion.  I’ve found many unique clip-on sets at yard sales and thrift stores for almost nothing!  

First you’ll need to remove the clip from the back by bending or twisting the metal, and it will break off pretty easily.  Then the surface will need to be as smooth as possible (and preferably flat) so I have to turn the earring over and hold it in the palm of my hand, while my other hand gently taps the backside with a hammer to smooth it out.

Then use a ring back from a craft store (I buy an adjustable ring with a small circle pad at the top) and super glue the former earring to the circle pad on the ring.  Hold it firmly in place for at least 30 seconds, and be careful not to get the glue on your skin.

After the glue is dry, you will have a gorgeous earring ring unlike anyone else- except for whoever is lucky enough to receive the matching one!

What do you think of these repurposed earrings?

I also think vintage earrings would look gorgeous as brooches or even hair accessories.  What you do you think – have you made or worn anything similar to these?

Happy Repurposing! 


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11 Comments on Vintage Earring Repurpose

    • Jen
      January 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you 🙂 I hated the idea of them just sitting around without anyone showing them off- old jewelry can be so unique and gorgeous!

  1. Shelly
    February 24, 2014 at 2:57 pm (5 years ago)

    I didn’t even know they sold ring backs! I’m gonna hafta look into that! I have tons of vintage jewelry left!
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  2. arlene dattoli
    July 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm (5 years ago)

    just came across your web love it have a lot of antique buttons and jewelry

  3. Kathryn Lienau
    July 3, 2015 at 5:34 pm (4 years ago)

    Thank you. I have vintage jewelry from my parents quite political and business doings. I can pass the bracelets and necklaces on to my grand & great grands.
    The earrings can’t always work out. This is the perfect solution! They will love them.

  4. Sharon
    July 3, 2015 at 5:44 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m going to look for old clip ons to try this.

  5. Margarita Clewett
    October 12, 2015 at 10:12 am (3 years ago)

    What a wonderful idea! I will be sure to give it a try.

  6. Linda Holder
    December 19, 2017 at 7:35 am (1 year ago)

    I do not wear earrings but I will make them into rings so they will match my necklaces. That is a very ideal and I am going to do that next week.

  7. Irene
    February 15, 2019 at 5:45 pm (1 month ago)

    Where do you find the ring part?

    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      February 17, 2019 at 9:32 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Hi Irene, you should be able to find them at craft stores like Hobby Lobby, JoAnn, Michaels, etc. Hope that helps!


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