Friday, March 9, 2012

DIY Earring Up-Cycle {Friday Fun}

I went through a phase a couple of years ago where I bought cheap, metal costume jewelry.

You know what I am talking about, $3.99 at Forever 21 or two for $8 at Charlotte Russe.

Thus I have quite a few pairs of earrings that are now tarnished and un-wearable.  

Last fall we had our family pictures taken by my fabulously talented friend Valerie Henderson (you can find her on fb here and see her website here.  She is an amazing photographer and has been a huge inspiration to me.  I will write more about that in another post).  I knew the importance of wearing bright colors and incorporating fun accessories to really make your portraits "pop".  

I started planning several weeks ahead what we were all going to wear.  I knew I wanted to wear a pink top and turquoise earrings (I love pink and turquoise together which is obvious by the colors I chose for my new photography logo).  Well living in Oklahoma, finding bright, vibrant colors in clothing and accessories is not always the easiest thing to do (especially on a SAHM budget).  

I searched and searched for turquoise "costume jewelry" style earrings.  I thought to myself, if I could just find a pair in my favorite spray paint color "lagoon".  Then a light bulb went off.  What do I do when I want something a certain color for my house?  I spray paint it.  So why not do that to a pair of my old earrings?

It's not rocket science but one of those "why didn't I think of this earlier" projects. 

They are now my very favorite pair of earrings.  I took something old (that I probably should have thrown away long ago) and made it new again.

So here we are entering spring.  A time when all I want to wear are bright, bold colors.  

I really want a pair of purple and yellow earrings.  Purple is another color I love to wear and you gotta love wearing yellow! 

I dug through my jewelry box and found two pairs of old earrings that I again found myself asking "why in the heck have I not thrown these away?" But now I am so glad I didn't!

I had Krylon Rich Plum and Valspar Bumblebee, left over from a previous project.  

1. I covered the hooks in painter's tape ( or you can use masking tape).  

2. I hung them from a wire hanger that I then hung from a cardboard box.

3. I sprayed a thin layer of primer on each side (I love Kilz.  DO NOT skip this step.  The paint will just chip off).  I let the primer dry for 30 minutes.  

4. I sprayed each side of the earring with the color of my choice.  I then let them dry 
for a couple of hours.

VOILA I now have two new pairs of earrings for Spring!  

Happy Friday! - A

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  1. Awesome inspiration!!! I have some old costume jewelry, too! I think I have a quick project coming up... thanks so much!

  2. Those yellow earrings turned out great! Wonderful idea!

  3. This is such in incredibly clever idea! I'm going to go through my jewelry stash and try this out! I'm your newest GFC follower and I'd love for you to come visit my blog sometime. Have a wonderful weekend!


  4. Great idea for spring! The colours you chose are so pretty. I'd love for you to stop by Etcetorize to share your tutorial at the Make it Great linky party ( The party starts tonight!

  5. Genious! Love the bright colors for spring!

  6. love this sharing it with my daughter who loves jewelry like this as well come see me at

  7. What a great idea! I have some earrings that could totally use this!

  8. OMG! I love these! The bright colors look awesome! And your pics came out great! I would love for you to stop by and link to my Sew Crafty Saturday Party!

  9. What a way to change up your accessories without having to spend a whole lot of money! Great idea and love the color choices:)

  10. I love this idea! I have several pair of earrings that could use a re- do! Thank you for the tutorial and for the primer tip too!

  11. gorgeous!!!

    I would love it if you could share this on my link party - Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xxx

  12. Super cute! I'd love it if you linked up at Crafty Cousins!


    Holla! We're your newest followers! :)

  13. A girl and a can of spray paint can conquer the world. :D Thanks for sharing your fun idea on BeColorful.

  14. Stopping by from Transformation Thursday!

  15. This is a great idea! I have some earrings I could do this to.

    Chrisitne @

  16. So simple and beautiful. Great idea. I am sure I am not the only one wondering why we never thought of this.
    Nancy in Puerto Rico

  17. Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! Come stop by and grab a button :)

  18. What a fab-u-lous idea! I'm totally going to do this!

    Glad I found your blog though My Girlish Whims. I'm a new follower. :)

    ~Steph @ Silver Boxes

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