Obnoxious Earrings Get Repurposed

1.10.2012

The last few years I tend to wear smaller and smaller earrings. Maybe this is a sign that I'm getting older. When I saw these ladies hanging on rack, they stopped me cold. The picture doesn't do their 4 inch diameter justice. Who would wear these? Seriously, who?!?

You'd have to be a middle schooler to think these things are worth lugging around. They were so comically gigantic that my friend April and I joked about turning them into coasters.  Then there was a silent pause...both our heads tilted to one side. At the same time, we laughed and determined it should happen. (Meanwhile scantily clad sales girls averted their eyes away from us and towards our husbands who were actually there to try on shoes.)
      
Really, these poor earrings deserved a second shot in life. They couldn't help it that they ended up on the shelf of an over-priced shoe store. Maybe they had a rough childhood. I don't know their background. Now, they're living a much more respectable life holding iced tea and water. It felt good giving back. Where would those "coasters" be if I hadn't swooped in and saved them? Probably bouncing beside a cheek that wears glittery makeup and stays out too late in questionable establishments. 

These of course ended up in my formal living room, where I'm adding metallics at every turn. This addition only set me back $8. Don't you love a happy (repurposed) ending?


**Update** Based on a reader's suggestion, I  hot glued a little felt to the bottom, so they stay put a bit better on the table surface.

48 comments:

  1. This post has me CRACKING up! The first picture doesn't do these flying saucer earrings justice! What really seals the deal is seeing them in your ears. Way, way, wayyyyy to big for any face to handle. You made a smart decision from earring to coaster. The only problem is now Aldo thinks it's okay to make more of these things!

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  2. Hilarious! Those earrings are hideous! Thank you for modeling and showing just how enormous they really are!

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  3. Yes, I don't get the huge earing thing, those coasters are sure great.

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  4. I love this post! You look so adorable in those earrings! lol. I agree they look better and classier as coasters than those funny earrings!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  5. I am a fairly new follower---and this. is. hilarious. And I have to say--it turned out quite beautifully. :)

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  6. Yup, I love a re-purposed happy ending... almost as much as I love your expression in that photo. Funny girl!

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  7. Hilarious! They are perfect coasters! Now that is thinking outside the box!

    Kim

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  8. Thats awesome! Did you back them with cork so they dont slip around?

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  9. Brilliant. I gotta say though, you are definitely starting a trend with those big babies on your ears.

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  10. holy moly those are big! they just got into the wrong profession...they were meant to be coasters! you pointed them in the right direction. :)

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  11. I just laughed out loud! at work, oops. Thank you for making my day!

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  12. This post was hysterical, I was thinking those earrings didn't look *so* bad compared to what my coworkers wear, but then I saw them on an actual human. Then I cracked up!
    I am so going to Aldo, those are perfect nightstand water glass coasters!

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  13. This post is hilarious! I can't believe that they were that big!! Who would wear something that big??? Hahaha! Great Idea as a coaster, now I am on the hunt for tacky oversized earrings to use as coasters. :0)

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  14. OMG no way. They actually make amazing coasters! hahaha too. funny.

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

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  15. They look waaaay better as coasters!!

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  16. This is so funny!! But what a great idea. Now I am going to be thinking coasters every time I see giant earings!

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  17. I'm so glad you included a picture of them on - I totally didn't appreciate their HUGE size in the first picture. They look amazing as coasters - great idea!

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  18. They are huge to be earrings, unless you're JLo!
    But the idea to repurpose them was pure serendipity and it turned out great! Now I've got to head to Forever21 and browse their ridiculous huge earrings!

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  19. This is your funniest post ever...so glad I could be there to support your ingenious decor ideas! Your blog rocks.

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  20. Oh wow, you're right, that first picture doesn't clue you in to how huge they are.

    Thanks for modeling!

    I have to say, they make lovely coasters.

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  21. Aaahahaha! Those are too funny, so glad you modeled them so we could get the full impact- wow! They do make nice coasters, though- I'll never snub my nose at tacky earrings again, well, maybe not....

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  22. Ladies-if your email was attached, I sent you a message already:)

    So glad you all like the coasters! We could start a movement---Rehabilitating tacky earrings into decent society!

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  23. I just found you via Pinterest. I am SO glad I did! I love your blog!

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  24. The first picture doesn't do their size justice... but I love that you added one of you wearing them for effect! This is a fun upcycle, thanks for sharing!!

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  25. That is absolutely hilarious! They didn't look THAT big in the first pic. Great idea to make them coasters!

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  26. Oh my goodness this was just too clever!!
    I had a great laugh just now!
    Thank you for that ;)

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  27. OH! and they look amaaaazing as coasters!! Quite glamorous, in fact!

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  28. OMG that is an awesome post - very funny and so simple and true!

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  29. this post is hilarious! thanks so much for sharing. LOVE the coasters!
    i'm a new follower!
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  30. Hi Heather, these earrings are just the most hilarious ones I have seen in ages. First of all I thought you were going to turn them into pendant necklaces, never thinking of coasters. But, you did a great job. They look fab. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  31. Your are just brilliant! I love this and your photography is amazing! {hugs}

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  32. I LOVE this! Too funny, but they're beautiful coasters! LOL! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
    OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)
    www.betweenuandme.com

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  33. This is so clevet and fun, Heather! Thanks for linking up! : )

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  34. Lol Love your before picture! Nice idea too!

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  35. This is great, they look a billion times better as coasters! Haha

    Your blog and it's design are really very lovely, new follower :-)

    Dayner x my blog - mozzypop.com

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  36. I LOVE this idea! They take on the role of "coaster" flawlessly. I'm all about metallics lately too...so fun! XO, Katie

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  37. I have to tell you I laughed when I read your post and thought, just like you, who would ever wear those as earrings?! Then, this weekend while in the grocery story I saw something sparkle out of the corner of my eye. I turned around and found - those very earrings on a very... interesting lady. She looked much as you imagine she would and I couldn't stop staring. I even got in line behind her in the checkout (I'm weird I know). The lady behind the checkout said "Wow, those are some earrings!" to which she said, "You know I get more comments on these earrings than anything else." LOL. I had a nice chuckle. The whole time I just thought, that lady is wearing coasters on her ears! :)

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  38. HAAHAH - these are awesome! Great repurpose!

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  39. Thanks ladies! Elizabeth, that is hilarious- What are the chances?! Oh, and I don't blame you for grocery stalking her. Ha!

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  40. Nenee from Real Housewives is probably wanting to smack you right now for taking her earrings! That is the only person I can think of that would or could want those as earrings. The coasters are a much better use for sure! Thanks for the good chuckle.

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    1. Stephanie-Hah! I'll bet she is;) I think that the "Housewives of..." make choices most us can't or wouldn't.

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  41. I love this post! You look so adorable in those earrings! lol. I agree they look better and classier as coasters than those funny earrings!

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  42. I love this!!! Geogeous and genius. I'll be on the lookout for some transformation pieces.

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  43. The picture of you wearing the earring is hilarious. As they are metal though, I wonder how well they are performing as coasters, how are they doing?

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    1. Because they are a bit bowl shaped and the metal is textured, they've worked pretty well. I took a tip from a reader and hot glued some felt to the bottom, so that they stick to the coffee table better.

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