Sunday, May 24, 2015

diy scatter pins

If you don't believe in re-purposing vintage than stop reading this post. I normally cringe at diy projects involving vintage items but I am also all for making vintage items more usable by diy'ing them. I have owned these earring for close to 10 years and even tried selling them in my etsy shop. When the listing expired I took it as a hint I should make them into scatter pins. I bought plain tie tacks off ebay (from this seller) and used some 5 minute epoxy to make them into scatter pins, here is what I did.

Always inspect your item and see if you will have a flat base for your hardware to adhere too. Not all earring can be converted to other items. Using pliers at the base of the earring back wiggle the pliers back and forth until the metal breaks.    

I was a little messy with my glue...
Pour and mix out your epoxy and apply some to the earring and some to the metal pin back using a toothpick and press down hold for a minute to make sure it won't wander. Place on a flat surface and allow to cure for 24 hours. Once dry you have new pins to use!

I have been wanting to do this for years, the earring themselves are beautiful but just too big to be worn as earrings. I will be getting a lot of use out of them now that they are easy to attach scatter pins.

Anybody else make a re-purposed vintage diy that worked out for them?


  1. oohhh.. made it a little extra sparkly!! love that! :D

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

  2. Very clever DIY idea!!! This would be great, too, for earrings where the backs are broken or you only have one from a pair.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. ooh man I didn't even think of lonely earrings! For some reason scatter pins in my head have to be in matching pairs. I am going to be using this idea, thanks!