DIY Upcycled Vintage Jewelry Magnets

Hello everyone! Sorry I have been mia the last couple of days. I have been under the weather. But I am back and excited to share this project with you all today! I am going to show you how to make these fun little magnets out of vintage earrings and brooches. These could not be easier to make, and they whip up so fast!

Here’s What You Need:

*Jewelry pieces like earrings, pendants, and brooches

*Heavy duty wire cutters


*Round craft magnets (you can find these at any craft store)


These are so easy! The first thing you do is cut off the finding part of your piece. For example if you have an earring, you will need to cut off the ear wire or clip for clip ons. Get as close to the base where it is glued or soldered on and carefully cut away with your pliers. For brooches that have been soldered it can take a few cuts but they will come off. Once you get the finding off you can grind down any sharp spots with a dremmel if you have any that bother you. You can also pick at them with your pliers and that can get most of the metal off that is in the way. So to finish these off, you need to glue the magnet on. So, lay your jewelry piece face down on a flat surface. Now take your magnet and place a large dab of glue onto the back side of the magnet. Carefully squish the glue and magnet onto the back of your jewelry piece. Let dry. Once the glue is cured you are ready to use your magnets.

I absolutely love these magnets! They just couldn’t be any easier to make! You can whip up a batch in under fifteen minutes. The best thing is that they look so nice and special, like something you would find at a boutique. You can find vintage jewelry parts by the bag full at your local flea market or at antique stores and thrift stores. Of course brooches can be really pricey, but you can often pick up broken pieces or mismatched pieces for next to nothing. This would be a fabulous project to use for gifts for birthdays or Christmas as well. So go ahead and dress up your space with some of these fun little magnets! You’ll love them!

Happy Crafting!

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15 Responses

  1. Barbara

    Very cute. And so is your dog!

  2. Giane

    This is a great idea! Thanks!!!

  3. Laura S

    I have a stash of vintage brooches and goodies….now I’m going to add magnets. Thank you for all the cute ideas, always!
    Hugs, Laura

  4. I love magnets and this is a great idea, I will be going to yard sales and garage sales looking for old brooches, earrings, tie pins and anything else I think will make good magnets. Thanks for the new ideas. I have used buttons of unusual shapes such as dinosaurs, zebras, hands, fish, just to name a few. These make good magnets also.

  5. Great idea! I love upcycling things and just inherited a little collection of vintage jewelry, so now I know at least one thing I can do with them. Here’s my Etsy shop if you want to take a look:

  6. Michelle

    How can I make them with magnetic’s and wearable? This way it doesn’t leave holes in the clothing.

  7. Sharon

    What are E6000 and a dremmel?

  8. Barb McKinney

    Lovely!!!! What is E6000????? Your glue????