Hello everyone!

Today is a quick re-purposing DIY project – turning a pair of earrings into a necklace!

I had gotten this gorgeous pair of earrings through Freecycle Ottawa and even though I loved them, they were a bit too large for me to actually wear on my ears. So, I decided to turn them into a necklace – well, two necklaces to be exact. One for me and one for a friend (especially since I am doing a “Pay It Forward” project for 2014 that requires me to make and send something to 5 friends).

You will need:

– a pair of earrings (or just one earring)
– a necklace chain
– pliers
– metal hoops
– felt
– Hot glue gun and/or super glue

After cleaning both of the earrings in rubbing alcohol, the first step was to remove the earring backs from the actual pendants. The first one came off fairly easy with a pair of pliers. The second one was a bit more challenging but ended up coming off in the end as well with a little help from a needle nose screwdriver. What is great about this is that I can save the earring backs to use in another project at a later date!

Step One: Remove earring backs

Step One: Remove earring backs

Since the pendants are a little bold, I wanted to to put them on chains that were very simple and more understated.

In order to attach the earrings to the necklace chains, I super glued a small metal ring to the back of each. I had saved these metal rings from other DIYs that involved dismantled jewellery, but I know you can get them Michaels or most craft stores. The size of each ring is dependent on the size of the chain I am using for each of them.

Step Two: Glue metal hoops to the back of the earrings

Step Two: Glue metal hoops to the back of the earrings

To make the back look a little bit nicer and cover up the glue, I cut out a small piece of felt to attach to each of the earrings. I did this using a hot glue gun.

Step Three: Cut out felt circles and glue on the back of earrings

Step Three: Cut out felt circles and glue on the back of earrings

Step 3

For the first necklace, I was using a slightly larger chain. To attach the chain to the earring, I used a small pair of jewellery pliers to put a second slightly larger hoop through the hoop glued to the back of the earring.

Step Four: Attach a second hoop to hold the chain

Step Four: Attach a second hoop to hold the chain

The chain easily slid through and now its done! I love this look because I think the more industrial chain is a great contrast to the feminine pendant.

Finished Necklace #1Finished Necklace #1

 

For the second necklace, I was using a much smaller chain that just slid through hoop on the back of the earring. I didn’t need to add in a second hoop like the first one. The smaller chain really allows the pendant to take centre stage – which I also like.

Finished Necklace #2 Finished Necklace Two

See how easy that was? And I think they both look great! Repurpose DIYs like this can give one object, like these earrings, a whole new life and avoid unnecessarily sending it to the landfill.  Let me know if you end up making your own necklace – I’d love to see pictures!

Lots of Love,
-Courtney