There’s nothing that I love more than an easy and fun project. I decided to make some jewelry to wear to a Summer party last weekend. And I didn’t go out and buy supplies. Instead, I used an unexpected medium — Paper! If you need a beautiful and easy gift for a friend or a about a last-minute accessory for a special outfit check out the 5-minute DIY.
For these super cute, heart earrings, you’ll need just a few supplies: craft paper, Elmers craft glue, earring backs or clasps, a heart paper punch, and hot glue or E-6000.You will want to cut all of your shapes first. Use the Friskars heart punch or any craft punch to create a lot of paper hearts. Try to stick to simple shapes so it’s not too difficult to cut them out. Choose your shapes and papers according to preference. Here I’ve used a basic pink cardstock, but you can also use a heavy, pre-patterened paper. I love the glittery paper especially and scrapbooking paper that has some texture to it. What ever you choose, make sure it is flexible, and sturdy for this project. Silk paper works great as well. It cuts easily and is stiff but malleable enough to create stud earrings.
You can definitely do this craft while catching on the latest episode of your guilty pleasure TV show. Punch out at least 12-20 hearts for each earring using your Fiskars heart punch.
Next, glue your hearts together with your glue stick for liquid glue. I quickly found that a glue stick works better and dries faster for this project. You don’t need to use a lot of glue, just use enough to cover the whole heart.
Once you’ve glued together two equal stacks of tiny hearts, use just a dab of hot glue or E-6000 glue on the flat part of your earring back. Quickly place the earring back on your heart stack, pressing very gently. If you press too hard, the glue will spill over and become sloppy.
That’s it, you’re all done! Now your DIY earrings are ready to wear. This is also a great DIY gift to hand out to your friends on Valentine’s Day. Try a couple different shapes and sizes with this method. You can make a ton of variations and according to your tastes and desires. Find the necessary supplies and get down to work. Earrings are cute addition to every outfit and always add a healthy dose of style.
Summer is almost in full swing, and if you’re like many of us, you take advantage of this season change as an opportunity to revamp your wardrobe! This can include anything from a new dress, to a new lip color, to new jewelry! It’s always even more fun when you can create new fashion items yourself, and when you can freshen your look without breaking the bank! That’s where we come in. With this paper earring craft, you’ll be able to make beautiful, personalized earrings for your summer outfits!
To make these earrings, you will need:
Choose two or three colors of paper with which to make your pair of earrings. Using the paper slicer, cut thin strips of each color that are even in width. The strips used here are 1/8 of an inch wide.
Using your hands, wrap one strip of this paper into any shape of your choice. You can fold into a diamond shape or square,or roll it into a circle. No matter the shape that you create, make sure the layers of the strip are wrapped tightly together. Use your glue stick to glue the end of the strip to the rest of the shape.
Now, taker another one of your strips of paper and wrap it around the shape you made in step 2. Use your glue stick to glue the end down. Repeat until you have the full shape of the earring you want.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 to make a matching earring.
Next, using your foam brush, apply two to three coats of Mod Podge to each earring. You will have to let them dry between coats. Please allow at least 6 hours for each coat to dry.
After the earring pieces have dried, use your glue gun to adhere one earring ring to the top of each one. Do this by applying one small drop of hot glue and holding the earring ring into the glue for at least 30 seconds.
Now apply an earring hook to each earring. To do this, find the place where each metal earring rings separates and pull it apart gently with your hands. Slide the earring hook on and then press the ring back together.
Once your earring hooks are on, you’re all done! The only step left is to put on the earrings and to show them off yo your friends!
If you tried this craft, we would love to hear about it! Let us know how it went in the comments below. Happy crafting! We hope these earrings help you create a summer look that you love!
In this class I'll show you how to make fun, colorful earrings for yourself or your Paper earrings may sound like they'd be too delicate to last, but I've been making I've illustrated over a books, mostly how-tos on crafts and gardening.
Here is my method for making two dozen earrings from a sheet of watercolor paper! It’s a great process if you need promo items or don’t have a lot of money to spend on fancy supplies. We’re talking old school crafting! Paper, paint and glue!
I love to make these for events or for store orders.
For this batch, I used Frida images because I made these for a Phoenix Frida event giveaway. Normally, I would use my own images/artwork.
– Pictures cut in 1-inch circles
– Scissors (or electronic cutting machine)
– White craft glue
– Earring hooks
– Needle nose pliers
1. Paint a sheet of watercolor paper with acrylic paint, watercolors, spray paint or even markers. Let dry and paint the other side.
2. You can use a circle template to draw and then cut out the 1.5-inch circles, or if you have an electronic cutting machine like me, use that.
4. Use a 1-inch punch or a circle maker to cut out pictures.
5. Glue the pictures on the paper circles.
6. Add painted embellishments.
7. Add varnish if desired.
8. Use a thick safety pin to poke a hole at the top of each circle and add the earring hook.
Variations: – Instead of gluing pictures, use pens to draw designs on the circles. – Paint designs all over the watercolor paper before cutting. – Instead of watercolor paper, recycle old concert postcards, the heavy glossy kind work best! – You can also use cereal boxes, any lightweight paper or cardboard!Love & light,
DIY clay earrings for the win! If you’re ever wanted to make your own clay earrings (or any clay jewelry for that matter), this project is for you.
Today I’m sharing several (easy-to-recreate) clay jewelry techniques, plus a step-by-step guide for making your own DIY clay jewelry on a budget. You will get so many compliments on these, you’ll wonder why you never tried it before.
*If you’re not sure what colors to go with or don’t see the color you’re looking for, stick with the primaries, along with black and white. You can always mix your own colors if needed. It’s just basic color theory stuff with a little extra elbow grease thrown in.
I’m sharing a couple different techniques to help get you started, but the best part about these materials is that you can literally create any style, color, or shape of earring you want – there are very few limitations, which makes the project so fun, and honestly, so relaxing.
Before you start working with the clay, it helps to come up with a color palette. It’s likely you’ll get at least a couple of sets of earrings from each batch you mix, so make it something that really suits your style and wardrobe. I wanted to create a couple different pieces all sticking to more earthy tones (muted greens, peaches, rust, marble and a little gray blue).
Start with a midsize sample of your base color, for example, white. Select 1-3 secondary colors and roll them each into small balls. Then roll each color out into clay “snakes,” you know, like they made you do in preschool.
Gently wrap each color around the base color and roll together with your hands. Stretch and fold the twisted, rolled out piece of clay several times until the colors start to blend nicely. Continue stretching, rolling, folding until it looks like a smooth marbled effect.
Here’s more specifics on how I made the marbled kidney bean shaped earrings you see in the photos… Roll two small balls of marbled clay, about the size of a small marble. Save the extra marbled clay for later. Gently roll each ball into a thick, short cylinder and curve. Lightly press the rolling pin over the cylinder of clay until it flattens slightly to form a kidney bean shape.
Roll out the remaining clay until it is about 1/16″-1/8″ thick throughout. Use a small circular clay cutter to punch out two 1/4″ circles. If you don’t have a clay cutter this size, you can also roll out two small balls of clay and press with a flat surface to get a flattened circle, or hand cut with a knife.
Use the same technique as you would for marbling, only this time, continue pushing the colors through one another (stretching, rolling, folding, repeat) until all of the colors are blending throughout with no striations.
Pay special attention to your ratios – a little black can go a long way, while you may need a lot more white to get a more pastel palette. And remember that adding a complimentary color can help dull down a super bright color. If you mess up, or take the color too far one way, no biggie! You can easily just continue adding in clay until you reach your desired tint.
Take two separate colors of your choice. Roll each out into short, thick cylinders. Lay them side by side and gently push them together with your hands until they cling on to each other. Use your roller to flatten the colors together into a simple color block. From there, you’ll be able to cut out fun shapes and create your earrings.
And here’s more specifics on how I made the color blocked earrings you see in the photos… Roll out your color-blocked clay until it is about 1/16″-1/8″ thick throughout. Use a clay knife (or old kitchen knife) to carefully cut out two rectangles. Mine were roughly 1/4″ wide and 1″ long.
So now that you have a few techniques down, here’s the breakdown on how to make clay earrings in various shapes, sizes, and colors. I love how these turned out, so I hope you’ll find some inspiration here…
Start by preheating your oven to 225º and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. Create your clay shapes using one of the above techniques.
For any earrings that you’ll be using jump rings for, this would be the time to create the holes needed… To do that, take one of the earring posts, and use the sharp end to gently create holes at the top of each shape (and the bottom if applicable). This is where you will connect them together later. The earring post alone may not make a large enough hole for the jump rings, so wiggle it around a bit to enlarge the piercing a little.
Then, for all earring shapes, place on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 10-12 minutes. Make sure the clay is completely flat, otherwise you’ll run into problems when you add your earring posts. And if your oven tends to run hot, keep a very close eye on them, or they might burn. Trust me, I ruined a whole batch because my oven was too hot and I left them in too long!
Remove the earrings from the oven and let them cool. It’s okay if they feel a tiny bit gummy while still hot, just as long as they hold their shape when you pick them up.
For adding posts to earring shapes… Put a dab of super glue at the top and add your earring post. Hold firmly for about 30 seconds to make sure it completely adheres.
For adding jump rings… Use your pliers to thread a jump ring into the small circular pieces, and then into the hole or holes you created for the clay shapes. Make sure you close off the opening so the earring doesn’t come apart while wearing.
Take it Further… There are lots of additional things you can do to add to your earrings. Like adding tassels with embroidery floss, using hoops instead of posts, creating more organic shapes, marbling bright colors together, etc, etc.
Photography Amelia Lawrence
Have you ever tried making your own jewelry? What materials and techniques do you like to use?
You will find these in your local craft store as well as extensively online. Check out the tutorial to learn how to make paper bead earrings.
And I need to look up some photography ideas for earrings. They just don’t display well flat like that, but I was losing my daylight so I didn’t have time for anything better last night. Sorry. ;)
Most earrings are a very quick and easy project, but if you’re not used to making charms, you might not know where to start. So let me show you.
What you’ll need:
First, you’ll need to turn your pearls or beads into charms. To do that, thread it onto the jewelry pin. If the hole is too big and it falls off, you’ll just need to put a smaller bead on the bottom, or a sequin, or anything that will act like a washer to secure your bead.
Now, loop the top part of the pin over your pliers, and cut off the excess. And forgive this photo, I really thought it was in-focus when I took it – but it does show you what you should end up with.
Now, if you are just making one charm for your earrings, you can attach it directly to the loop at the bottom of your ear wire right now. Yes, it’s that easy. But if you’re adding anything else – like the rings I’m using, you’ll need to add a jump ring – which is also easy. Just open it up with your pliers, and add all your elements – the charm, the ring, and the ear wire.
Then, just close it – and that’s it for the first earring. All you have to do now is make another to have a nice pair.
You may remember the bracelet that these go with, right?
(If you missed it the first time around – the tutorial for it is here.)
I also have one more piece of news for today, if you’ll bear with me… today is the last day to vote for your favorite charity in the Chase Community Giving event. If you haven’t already voted for a charity that is special to you, please consider voting for a group I am passionate about – National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
Every November, NaNoWriMo encourages writers of all ages and skill levels to write a novel. There are groups all over the world participating. I head up a local writer’s group each November with a couple other fantastic ladies, and funds raised go toward maintaining their website so we can connect with about a quarter million writers everywhere, prizes and giveaways for participating writers, and materials for a special Young Writers’ Program that’s run by volunteers in classrooms to encourage young writers to develop a passion for writing. There are also a handful of employees at the California headquarters that keep us all in line. Right now, everything runs on participant donations – but a grant would expand the online resources and provide a greater reach for the program.
As a NaNoWriMo volunteer, I dedicate my November (well, and most of my October, frankly) to organizing weekly meetings for and providing encouragement to new and seasoned writers alike, all while writing my own first draft of a novel in 30 days (I’m plotting already for this November’s story!) As I write this, we stand in 16th place. Only the top 11 are contenders to receive grants – we are so, SO close, and every vote counts!
So please, if you have a moment to use the Facebook app and vote for NaNoWriMo, I’d really appreciate it!!
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