Vintage Earring Christmas Tree

Isn’t it fun taking discarded pieces and turning them into something different and beautiful again?  Today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday with my blogging friends (you can see their clever makeovers at the bottom of this post) and this month I transformed some outdated jewelry into DIY vintage earring Christmas tree decor.

DIY vintage earring Christmas tree decor from repurposed thrifted jewelry - Easy tutorial by Girl in the Garage

For this project you will need several pairs of vintage earrings, a decorative frame, some thin but sturdy wood, white paint, and super glue.

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DIY vintage earring Christmas tree decor from repurposed thrifted jewelry - Easy tutorial by Girl in the Garage

First I removed the glass from a 5×7 frame and Guy in the Garage cut a thin piece of wood to fit in its place.

This frame was super shiny white but I wanted it matte, so I painted the frame and the wood piece in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and then lightly sanded over the wood for smoothness.

DIY vintage earring Christmas tree decor from repurposed thrifted jewelry - Easy tutorial by Girl in the Garage

If you don’t quite have enough earrings for this vintage earring Christmas tree project, you can buy some vintage-looking filler pieces at Hobby Lobby (on sale).

DIY vintage earring Christmas tree decor from repurposed thrifted jewelry - Easy tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Use tin snips (like these) to separate the bracelet pieces and cut off any unnecessary loops.  Also remove the backs of the earrings.

DIY vintage earring Christmas tree decor from repurposed thrifted jewelry - Easy tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Insert the wood panel into the frame.  Lay out a Christmas tree design in a way that you like.  I placed the biggest piece at the top like a sparkling star.

DIY vintage earring Christmas tree decor from repurposed thrifted jewelry - Easy tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Use E6000 to glue the pieces on one at a time.  Not all of the pieces will have flat backs, so you may need to hold some in place until the glue begins to dry.

DIY vintage earring Christmas tree decor from repurposed thrifted jewelry - Easy tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Let the glue sit for about 24 hours before moving your DIY vintage earring Christmas tree very much.

You will end up with beautiful holiday decor like this…

DIY vintage earring Christmas tree decor from repurposed thrifted jewelry - Easy tutorial by Girl in the Garage

It’s a precious way to display cherished family jewelry or even thrifted treasures.

DIY vintage earring Christmas tree decor from repurposed thrifted jewelry - Easy tutorial by Girl in the Garage

So pretty!  You could even choose to do a fun, colorful tree with bright vintage earrings, or a sparkling snowflake instead of a tree – so many possibilities. 

DIY vintage earring Christmas tree decor from repurposed thrifted jewelry - Easy tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Here’s a reminder of the before and after again, with an image you can Pin for quick reference later:

DIY vintage earring Christmas tree decor from repurposed thrifted jewelry - Easy tutorial by Girl in the Garage

Friend, I hope this project has inspired you!  When I first started blogging several years ago I repurposed some vintage earrings into rings, and that was a fun project (but don’t laugh at my old photos, LOL).  I also turned some vintage earrings into cute little magnets too!  There are so many ways to upcycle vintage earrings – do you have any other ideas?

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Now it’s time for Trash to Treasure Tuesday with some of my blogging friends, where we each take free or thrifted items and update them into something special again, in hopes of inspiring your creativity.

Trash to Treasure Tuesday

Below are the Before photos – visit the links underneath to see the amazing Afters and learn how they did it:

Trash to Treasure Tuesday1. Prodigal Pieces
2. Confessions of a Serial DIYer
3. Artsy Chicks Rule

You might also like my other DIY Christmas Tree projects:

DIY Moulding Trim Christmas Tree

DIY Moulding Christmas TreeDIY Tulle Trees

DIY Tulle Trees Tutorial - Girl in the Garage

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15 Comments on Vintage Earring Christmas Tree

  1. Sheila DelCharco
    December 11, 2018 at 6:36 am (3 months ago)

    That’s so creative! I love how it turned out!

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  2. Christy
    December 11, 2018 at 7:26 am (3 months ago)

    This is such a great way to enjoy treasured family pieces…much better than leaving them in a box or drawer somewhere! Love this! XOXO

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  3. Wendi
    December 11, 2018 at 1:42 pm (3 months ago)

    OMG! How Flipping CUTE is that??? Jen, you have the BEST ideas!

    Reply
  4. Linda Hickey
    December 11, 2018 at 2:02 pm (3 months ago)

    Love your Blog. The tree with jewelry is beautiful.

    Reply
  5. Rose Lefebvre
    December 11, 2018 at 3:18 pm (3 months ago)

    So cute! Great way to use old earrings!

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    • Jen, Girl in the Garage
      December 11, 2018 at 9:06 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you Nancy! My boys asked if I was keeping it or selling it, haha. Definitely keeping this project. 🙂

      Reply
  6. gwen
    December 12, 2018 at 11:31 am (3 months ago)

    Jen, I love it! I have waaaay too many for a small tree and I’m much more into hearts for Valentine’s Day, so I’m thinking of a large heart, framed, or not! It’s so difficult to think about cutting up my grandmother’s, mother’s and mother-in-law’s costume jewelry, but really, it’s been in the basement now for at least 15 years! I’ve got to get over it! thanks for your inspiration!

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  7. Marie InteriorFrugalista
    December 12, 2018 at 2:41 pm (3 months ago)

    So pretty, Jen! I have a bunch of my Mom’s costume jewelry that would be perfect for making one of these and it would be a memorial tree to put out during the holidays. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    Reply

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