Turn your old jewelry into amazing hair adornments

What to do With Old Jewelry – Part 2

Hi, everyone, As you know I’ve been working with old jewelry and having a ton of fun doing it.This post is a continuation of What to do With Old Jewelry Part 1.
My daughter mentioned that hair adornments are pretty expensive to buy so I thought it would be fun to see if I could make some pretty hair jewelry... for CHEAP. And the answer to that would be YES. I think these came out pretty.  See if you agree.


Here is the jewelry...I bought most of these at tag sales for cheap.... like 25 cents apiece.

old jewelry

First I picked out the old earrings. You know the ones that your grandmother wore – big, fat clip ons. Then I bought some hair clips and glued the earrings onto them. I will probably wire them on also so that they won’t fall off. You can you use jewelry glue but  I use Fabri Tac which is my all around glue for everything.


pink pearls

I didn’t think I’d be able to use the big white pearl earrings but I think it looks great!


crystal earrings

Are you beginning to get the idea? EASY!

Then I put some of the big earrings and brooches on headbands. Here’s a beauty!

large pearl


This is a little vintage brooch. Love it.


The best thing about working with the headbands is that I could glue 2 or 3 earrings on each band.

several earrings together

This is GLITZY!

lavendar gems

old jewelry

Aren’t the possibilities ENDLESS?? It’s mind boggling!

Then I also had these little golden colored earrings to tend to....

clip on earrings

How about hair band elastics with embellishments?


Add the black hair elastic and glue closed. If you don’t glue the hair elastic to the earring then you’ll be able to slide it around after you get your hair up in a ponytail.

hair tie

earring hair elastic

Nice, huh? Who would’ve thought!


The more I work with this old jewelry the more ways I find to use them.
Gosh, I had fun with this project. I still have What to do With Old Jewelry Parts 3 and 4 to post over the next couple of weeks, also.
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  1. What a great stash of old pieces. Everything looks cute, especially the headbands. I use old pieces for rings, earrings, and assemblage. Looking forward to parts 3 & 4. ♥

  2. What a super cute idea!!

  3. wow what a great idea, she can brag that there one of a kind, and maybe her friends would love for you to make them some, you may of started something !!!

  4. Great ideas for old jewelry! I use old jewelry in wreaths, assemblages, mixed media pieces, on fall pumpkins, on holiday banners, on little girls' clothing, on purses, on wedding decorations,on Christmas ornaments, make rings out of old earrings, use vintage shoe clips in necklaces, to decorate picture frames, to embellish fabric snowmen, to embellish candles, to embellish vintage bottles....Well, really, nothing is off limits when it comes to vintage jewelry embellishments!! Love it!! Happy Creating, Catherine

  5. Honey those turned out good! I liked all of them.

  6. Hi,
    They are so pretty!
    My mom fixes old jewelry (earrings and pendants) on bobby pins and uses them. I must show this to her!!
    Anjana @ http://happyandharried.wordpress.com/

  7. What a great idea.........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


  8. Wow , what a fantastic way you`ve refashioned jewelry . Ilove doing a bit of that myself too , but it`s more or less restored rather than refashioned . The idea of refashioning into a totally new accessory is really something that never occured to me. Thank`s for the lovely idea!


  9. Wow this is so creative and lovely! I love it! I would love for you to come by and link this or another project at my brand new link party, starting this morning!! Hope to see you! http://domesticsuperhero.com/2013/03/07/domestic-superhero-sharing-thursday-1

  10. Superbe, magnifique, je garde ton idée... Amie'lie


  11. Great way to refashion old jewelry! Those pieces are very nice. I love the vintage look. I especially like the headband with the center pearl piece, with the two gold pieces. I'm having a link party and I'd love for you to join!

  12. This is wonderful!!! Way to go!!

    Thanks for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening :)

  13. I think you meant to link this up to my Show Off Your Shell Party rather than my Wordless Wednesday: In My Sketchbook Party but I'm going to feature this on tomorrow's Show Off Your Shell party anyway! Such great ideas to use old jewelry. I'd even try some funky spray paint! Thanks for stopping by my blog and linking up!! Thanks for hosting your party, too!

  14. Love this idea!! The hair clips look great!! I've used old jewelry to fashion to a belt and made it pop as well. Thanks for sharing at Romance on a dime!!

  15. After reading an article about turning old jewelry into amazing hair accessories, I was inspired by the creativity and resourcefulness of the ideas presented. It's great to see that you can repurpose old pieces of jewelry and turn them into something new and beautiful, especially if they have sentimental value. Overall, this article is a great resource for anyone looking to add some personality to their hair accessories. And for those in New York looking for a creative and personalized hair accessory, I recommend checking out this barbershop that offers these services.


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