Monday, December 19, 2011

Tutorial: Upcycled Earring Necklace

Yesterday morning I was rummaging through my drawer full of disorganized jewelry and found many earrings that were missing their mate. I have major issues with losing things especially earrings but I always keep the one I have just in case someday I find it's twin. I have never had this happen, when I lose them they are gone forever in the black hole that all of my things seem to find their way into eventually. So, I decided to put them to use and save them from their drawer.

I was wearing this necklace at the time:

I bought this necklace a few months ago for 16 bucks and I love it. In looking at it I decided what to do. I would make a necklace out of my old earrings. So this is how I did it!

What You Need:

Wire Cutters
Round Nose Pliers
Length of Chain (whatever kind you prefer, I just used what I already had at home)
Jump Rings (again whatever size you fancy)
Necklace Clasp
Old lonely earrings

Step 1: Cut the length of chain to whatever specification you wish using the wire cutters (I wanted mine long)
Step 2: Remove the earring finding from the pendant.
Just pull apart the jump ring that is already attached to the finding using the round nose pliers and pull the jump ring out. Repeat this step for however many earrings you want to use. I made two necklaces out of mine and used four earrings for each  necklace.

Step 3: Attach a new jump ring of whatever size you choose to the earring pendant and fasten it around the chain. I fastened my jump ring all the way around the chain rather than through the chain link because I wanted it to be more movable on the chain but if you want it to stay in one place you could fasten through a link for each one.

Ahem...please excuse my chipped nail polish...the horror.

Step 4: repeat, repeat, repeat!
Step 5: attach the necklace clasps using jump rings with same method above.

Here are the two I got out of it :)

Ta DA! Seriously this is ridiculously easy as you can see and a great way to use what you have and not be wasteful. Plus its purty :)  


  1. I really love this idea. It's something practical, crafty, and I think I could actually do this!

  2. you can do this! It's so easy :) ps I love you