Simple Upcycled Watch Face Earrings

6 Materials
2 Hours

Do you have some old watches that don’t work anymore or maybe you just don’t wear them? If you do I have a fun little project to share.

Today’s project is a quick and easy way to make some fun and quirky earrings by upcycling old watch parts. I have made these watch face earrings before to sell at a local shop. You can find my original post here. They are fun and easy to make and always different. Part of the fun is figuring out how to match up the watch faces into pairs.

In today’s post, I have a new technique to share. This technique allows the watch hands to remain on the face of the watch. (in the previous version only the watch plate was used)

Anyway in this version the earrings have a little more weight to them as the watch mechanism is left on as well. You can decide which version you like better but I think they are cuter with the watch hands intact.

Like I said the process is very simple. You do need to start with two watches that have similar faces or at least make a pair that you like.

Step 1

The first step is a little tricky. I am sorry but I didn’t get a very good picture to show the technique. There are more details in the video tutorial if you need them. I used a small pairing knife to carefully pop the backs of the watches off.

Step 2

After the back is off the watch face and the watch mechanism can be removed. You may have to break the watch pin or winding pin I guess I don’t really know what it is called. 🙂

Once the watch face was out of the case I removed the battery and brushed a coat of glossy mod podge on both sides.

Step 3

In my previous version, I used a nail and hammer to make the hole but for this version, I upgraded to the hubby’s drill.

Step 4

The last step is to add the earring hooks using a jump ring and some needle nose pliers.

It’s fun and easy so I made a few other pairs. They are all unique and one of a kind so you might even want more than one pair. They make great gifts too.

You can find them in my eBay Store if you would like to purchase or check out some of my other upcycled items.

Or if you would rather make your own you can find the full tutorial below.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Until next time.

Happy Upcycling,

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Suggested materials:
  • Mod Podge   (Hobby Lobby)
  • Jump Rings   (Hobby Lobby)
  • Fish Hook Earrings   (Hobby Lobby)
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Cindy @ Upcycle Design Lab
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