Friendship Necklaces from a Pair of Vintage Clip On Earrings

Friendship Necklaces from a Pair of Vintage Clip On Earrings

When I was growing up, lots of little girls wore “Best Friends” necklaces. They consisted of a single heart charm that was “cracked” in half, and each girl would wear one of the halves. Fast forward a few decades to today, as I reinvent the idea of friendship necklaces (or mother daughter necklaces). But instead of a heart charm, I upcycled a pair of vintage earrings into matching pendants!

Vintage earrings or non-pierced earrings to be upcycled into friendship necklaces or BFF necklaces by Sadie Seasongoods

Specifically, I upcycled vintage clip on earrings or non-pierced earrings. There are SO many of these floating around in a world full of pierced ears. And to create friendship necklaces / BFF necklaces, my plan is to make two identical necklaces with a pair of earrings. Make sense?

Vintage Clip On Earrings for upcycling idea as friendship necklaces or mother daughter jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods

I gathered a few pairs of vintage earrings (some were courtesy of Pink Dogwood Jewelry) and my jewelry making supplies. With gorgeous Spring weather leading up to Mother’s Day, it seemed like the perfect time to sit on my back porch and make some friendship jewelry.

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Upcycling Vintage Clip On Earrings into Friendship Necklaces

The first thing I needed to do was convert the vintage earrings into necklace pendants. This will vary from earring to earring, but I started with the pink earrings because they seemed easiest to work with.

Using jewelry pliers, I carefully bent the clip on the back up, making it easy to snip off.

Removing the clip from vintage earrings to refashion them into mother daughter necklaces for Mother's Day gift by Sadie Seasongoods

Next, I snipped off the clip as close to the earring as I could using wire cutters. I then used the flat tip of the wire cutters to bend the remaining clip portion down, until it was flush with the earring.

Upcycling some vintage clip on earrings into pendants for BFF necklaces or friendship jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods

Of course, I did it to both earrings so that I could make a pair of necklaces…

Refashioning vintage earrings or non-pierced earrings into friendship necklaces and mother daughter jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods

Now, here comes the creative part – the chain! With the vintage clip on earrings that I worked with, adding chain would be easy, as they’re on a filigree base.

Adding chain to BFF necklaces made from vintage earrings for mother daughter jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods

Again, this will vary from earring to earring. If you used cluster earrings, you would likely need to glue them to pendant blanks like these.

But instead of just attaching regular chain to my vintage earrings, I decided to add a few pops of color by making some beaded chain first!

Making Beaded Chain for BFF Necklaces / Mother Daughter Necklaces

To add some beaded pizzazz to my necklace chains, I needed beads and eye pins, both of which you can find in any craft store.

Making beaded chain with glass beads and eye pins for BFF necklaces from clip on earrings by Sadie Seasongoods

And beaded chain is easy – you’re basically adding loops to a bead so that it can connect to chain on either end.

First, I slipped a bead onto an eye pin…

How to made beaded chain with eye pins and beads for friendship necklaces using upcycled vintage earrings by Sadie Seasongoods

Then, I used my wire cutters to clip off excess pin and my round pliers to carefully curve the pin into another loop. They’re easy to make once you get the hang of it…and it’s OK to sacrifice a few eye pins as you practice! 

Eye pins and glass beads as beaded chain to add to mother daughter necklaces made from a pair of vintage earrings by Sadie Seasongoods

While this is a TOTALLY optional step, I thought it was worth the effort to add a little more “extra” to my friendship necklaces.

When all was said and done, I clipped off matching lengths of chain, inserted the beaded chain that I had made, and was nearly done with my BFF necklaces!

Friendship necklaces or mother daughter jewelry for Mother's Day by refashioning a pair of vintage clip on earrings by Sadie Seasongoods

Friendship Necklaces or Mother / Daughter Jewelry from Vintage Earrings

I ended up making three sets of friendship necklaces from three pairs of vintage clip on earrings! As you can see, Cottonball decided to help after a while…

How to make matching necklaces for mother daughter jewelry from a pair of vintage earrings for Mother's Day gift by Sadie Seasongoods

The last step was, of course, adding lobster clasps to each necklace. And if you’re wondering, yes…I’ll be sharing one of these necklace pairs with my mom. Hope she doesn’t mind seeing her Mother’s Day gift a little early this year…

Mother daughter necklaces or BFF necklaces made from non-pierced earrings for Mother's Day gift ideas by Sadie Seasongoods

Upcycling a pair of vintage earrings into “hers and hers” necklaces is perfect for best friends, moms & daughters, aunts & nieces…you name it!

Friendship necklaces from a pair of vintage earrings or non-pierced earrings or mother daughter jewelry by Sadie Seasongoods

Wouldn’t it be extra special if you were able to use a pair of your grandmother’s (or mother’s) vintage earrings, too?

How to upcycle vintage earrings into mother daughter necklaces or BFF necklaces by Sadie Seasongoods

I always like to wear one-of-a-kind jewelry, but I’ll make an exception this time around…because these are truly “two-of-a-kind” jewelry!

And if you love unique jewelry, please check out this collection of upcycled jewelry ideas here for even more inspiration!

Upcycled Jewelry and Jewelry Making Ideas with broken jewelry and one of a kind jewelry

Before I go, allow me to give a quick note of thanks to my good friends who modeled the BFF necklaces for me – Maliasmark and Kate DiNatale Vintage


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  1. Karen Benitez says

    Adorable Sarah!!

  2. Pretty!! I collect vintage clip ons to actually wear as I do not have pierced ears. There are more of us out there than you might think.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Mine aren’t pierced, either, but I only wear vintage screwbacks! I’m weird, I guess, but I just can’t stand actual clip earrings…but I have a glorious collection of dangly screwbacks.

  3. Sarah, what a sweet and special gift for you and your Mom to enjoy! You created such pretty necklaces and I really love all the different chains (I clicked over to the ETSY shop) each one is gorgeous!

  4. Love the jewelry but Cottonball steals the show! He’s gorgeous!

  5. Amy Castor says

    Such a cute idea! Definitely have to try this for Mother’s Day, this year.
    I think your light blue cameo set are my fav!!

  6. Love this idea. I have made bracelets for my sisters from jewelry that was my Mom’s. They are treasured pieces. Yes, I have to do this.

  7. Oh my gosh you are a jewelry maker too? These are gorgeous! I especially love the pink ones 🙂

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hahaha! It’s the first jewelry project I’ve made in over a year, but there have been several since I started my blog. 😉 Thank you!

  8. Janet Brennan says

    I love this idea! Vinttage broaches could be used this way also.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      They could if you wanted just one necklace – I own several like that! The earrings as a “bonded set” just take it up a notch to share with someone special. 🙂

  9. Really cute idea and not super hard to do. Thanks so much!

  10. I think my daughter would love this. So cute!

  11. What a great idea. I have often bypassed clip-ons as I love my pieced earrings. I am experimenting a bit more with simple jewelry making and really enjoying it. Another thing to add to my “look for” list!

  12. These are so stinkin cute! Would be perfect for my granddaughters! <3

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