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.

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

Now we're left with two gorgeous vintage rhinestone findings...imagine the possibilities!

Here's what I came up with...

Shoe Clips


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!}


Headbands, Headwear, Combs, Barrettes


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!

Bracelets, Cuffs, Bangles

Glue them onto an old bangle or bendable cuff.


Check out the rest of the fun ways to upcycle vintage rhinestone earrings here...

Lovelies, which upcycle look do you like best? Have you upcycled any of your old jewelry?

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