DIY Tips to Convert Pierced Earrings to Clip-Ons

Updated May 10, 2021
Woman putting on earring

If you don't have pierced ears, converting pierced earrings to clip ons can expand your jewelry options and keep you from having to pass up on a beautiful pair that you've been eyeing for weeks. With a few simple supplies and just a little time, you'll soon have some great new earrings to wear.

Converting Pierced Earrings to Clip on at Home

For jewelry enthusiasts who don't have pierced ears, earring options can be limited, with many believing that they can't wear them at all. Luckily, you don't have to be stuck with the few choices available in clip on format. Instead, you can modify existing pierced earrings to give them clip on backs. Depending on the style of earring you're converting, the process will vary. However, this is almost always an easy craft project that you can do from home using these different types of earring converters:

  • Paddle-back
  • Magnetic
  • Barrel-shaped
  • Hoop
Two pairs of golden earrings

Converting Dangle Earrings

Long earrings can be lovely, but it's particularly hard to find them with clip on backs. It's very easy to modify these earrings. All you need are a few basic jewelry supplies, all of which should be available at your local craft store:


  • Pair of needle-nose pliers
  • Clip on earring bases with a small loop
  • Small metal jump rings, or split rings used in jewelry making


  1. Start by laying all your supplies out on a clean towel. This will make it less likely that something important will fall on the floor or get lost.
  2. Use the pliers to gently open the loop where the dangle part of the pierced earring connects to the earring base. In most cases, this is a simple jump ring. Remove the charm or dangle from the rest of the earring.
  3. With the pliers, carefully open one of the jump rings you purchased. Sometimes this is easier if you use two pairs of pliers, twisting the jump ring in opposite directions.
  4. Thread the open jump ring through the clip on earring base. Next, slide the dangle from the pierced earring onto the jump ring. Gently close the jump ring.
  5. Repeat this process with the other earring.

Converting Post-Back Earrings

Many pierced earrings feature a simple post backing. It's easy to use a clip on converter to make these earrings wearable for people who don't have pierced ears. To get started, assemble some basic supplies from the jewelry supply aisle of your craft store.


  • Small end cutters, or wire cutters that will allow you to cut close to the earring
  • Adhesive for metal
  • Clip on earring converters in your chosen style


  1. Again, work on a level surface that is covered with a clean towel to protect your tools from falling.
  2. Using the wire cutters, remove the post backing from the earring. It's important to cut the post off as close as possible to the earring itself so it is flush.
  3. Apply the adhesive to the back of the earring converter. Follow the manufacturer's directions to ensure an even coating.
  4. Using gentle pressure, attach the earring to the converter. You may need to apply steady pressure for a short period. Allow the adhesive to fully dry before attempting to wear the earring.
  5. Follow these steps to convert the other earring.
Fashionable Earrings On Mirror Tray

Helpful Tips

Converting pierced earrings to clip on earrings is a fun and easy project, and you'll enjoy it even more if you follow these helpful tips:

  • Find a clip on earring back that is comfortable for you. Some people prefer magnetic earring backs, which you can find at many craft stores or can order online from various retailers.
  • Consider placing a flat serving tray or large plate under your work area. Slightly raised edges will help you keep from losing small pieces.
  • Use the right tool for the job. If you're planning on doing several earring conversions, consider investing in an inexpensive jewelry tool kit with several styles of pliers.
  • Have fun! Soon, you'll be able to wear just about any style of earring, whether it has a clip on back or not.

Clip On and Carry On

Now that you've got a better understanding of how to transform your regular earring posts into clips ons, it's time to clip on and carry on. If you're feeling a little hesitant about trying it out on your own, pick up a cheap pair of practice earrings from a convenience store or a thrift shop to test your skills on first. In no time at all, you'll have DIY'ed your own collection of clip on earrings that'll put any regular earring wearers' jewelry box to shame.

DIY Tips to Convert Pierced Earrings to Clip-Ons