DIY Tassel Earrings

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Hey, happy Monday! I’ve been having a lot of fun with jewelry DIYs lately and today’s tutorial was the perfect quick fix. I tend to have those evenings where I’m sitting at home watching TV and suddenly get the urge to make something. These homemade tassel earrings sort of just happened one night out of boredom, and they turned out to be a fun end-of-summer accessory! 

These DIY tassel earrings are incredibly easy to make and only require a few cheap supplies. You can make them in every single color you want using embroidery floss! Embroidery floss is one the most under-appreciated craft supplies, but it’s incredibly useful for a variety of projects. This happens to be one of my favorites, but I also used embroidery floss recently to make this ombre string wrapped frame

I don’t know why, but I really love this photo! When I make Andrew take photos of me for projects like this, it’s hard to always stay serious and smile on cue, so we end up making fun of TV photo photoshoots where people say stuff like “act like a lion” and end up laughing with lots of outtakes of me making weird faces, and I just thought this one turned out to be a cool, more candid shot. 

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Time: 10 minutes

Supplies:

  • Embroidery floss
  • Dangling earring hardware 
  • 2 large jump rings 
  • Round nose pliers 
  • Scissors 

The great thing about embroidery floss is that it’s the perfect size to make tassels! This is the easiest way you could ever make them, and because embroidery floss comes in pretty much every color under the rainbow, the possibilities are endless. Leave the labels intact around the string so that the tassels are easier to make. 

With your round nose pliers, pry open the jump rings, loop them into each end of the string (the tops of your tassels), and attach them to the bottom of the dangling earring hardware. Then close the rings tightly. 

Remove the labels from the embroidery floss. 

Cut two 2-inch pieces of string from the small packet of string, preferable from each end so that you’re cutting an even amount of string off each side, and leave the rest intact. Tie each piece tightly around each end of the embroidery floss, leaving about a half-inch loop (where the jump rings are). When each end is secure, carefully cut right down the middle of the pack of embroidery floss so that it separates into two equal-sized tassels. Use your scissors to even out the pieces as needed. 

That’s all there is to it! The hardest part might be getting the jump rings attached to the tassels because it’s a small space to work with, but as long as you take your time, it will happen. Happy crafting!

PS – beware of cats….they really like dangling earrings, especially when they’re made with string 🙂 

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DIY Clay Donut Earrings

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Today is a very special day, and not just because it’s Friday. It’s National Donut Day! Being that donuts are one of the best foods ever invented, this is a holiday worth celebrating. You can probably find me waiting in line for hours just for a free donut today (except, sadly, I have to work). In my opinion, every day should be donut day. Anyone else?

Since I can’t spend all day eating donuts, I’m sharing how to make donuts (kind of). I’m sharing how to make clay donut earrings, which are cute, but unfortunately you can’t eat them…sorry to spoil that for ya!

These are super easy to make and I only wrote the time as 20 minutes because you have to wait out some baking and dry time for several layers of paint. Anyone can make these, and the supplies are very inexpensive, so they make really great gifts for the donut lovers in your life.

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Time: 25 minutes + baking time 

Supplies:

  • Polymer clay
  • Cup or rolling pin
  • Straw
  • 1-inch circle cutter (I used a piping tip)
  • Brown paint
  • Pink paint
  • Multiple colors of paint (for the sprinkles!)
  • Fine tip paint brushes
  • E6000 glue
  • Stud earring hardware (2 pins, 2 backs)
  • Clear spray paint (optional)

First thing, preheat the oven to about 275 degrees (or whatever the package of clay says). I’ve attempted this in my toaster oven, and I must admit it’s not the same thing. Even if it’s crazy hot outside, you still need to use the oven. Roll out a small amount clay with a cup or rolling pin until it is about 1/8 inch thick (use your best judgment).

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Then cut two 1-inch circles out of the clay. Use what you have! I actually used a small piping tip to cut mine to the size I wanted. I wouldn’t recommend using larger than an inch or you will have some pretty big earrings, and any smaller would make them very difficult to make. Use a straw to create the center hole, poking it as close to the center as you can. Bake the circles for about ten minutes or until the clay is hard to the touch.

Let it cool and paint each with a coat of brown paint, making sure to get inside of the donut hole too. Let dry and paint a second coat. Then squiggle some light pink paint around it to make the frosting, let dry and paint a second coat. Lastly, use a really fine tip paint brush to create different colored sprinkles (I used five different colors). Let them dry completely, and I’d suggest spraying the painted clay with a clear coat of spray paint to seal them.

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Get excited! Donut earrings are something to be excited about!

Finally, use E6000 glue (I find that it works great for jewelry making) to secure the earring stud to the back of the clay donut. Part of the reason you want the 1-inch donut is so that the earring stud isn’t visible from the front (since there’s obviously a hole in the middle). Give the glue time to dry, and your clay donut earrings are ready to wear! Wear them around or give them away as a cute homemade gift. Happy crafting!

DIY Enamel Dot Earrings

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Have you ever seen those candy dots? Like the actual candy, or even the scrapbooking embellishments that look like candy dots.They’re cute, right? Now, imagine putting those on your ears…you with me? Today I’m sharing how to make your own enamel dot earrings that look just like those colorful little candies and how to make them in virtually any color you want.

I love the look of them because they’re colorful and simple, but best of all, you can make them yourself for next to nothing with some surprising supplies you probably already have in the house. You can make these with a glue gun (seriously) and any and every color of nail polish you desire! The possibilities really are endless because I have 5960267 colors of nail polish.

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Time: 15 minutes 

Supplies:

  • Glue gun + glue sticks
  • Nail polish (I used Essie)
  • Wax paper
  • Earring backs
  • Strong clear glue (I suggest E6000)

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Excuse my incredibly pale-looking face…

Lay down a piece of wax paper and heat up the glue gun. Use the glue gun to make 1/2 inch dots on the paper by carefully releasing glue on top of each other and letting it flatten out on its own. If you try to create a spiral with the glue, it won’t create the same dot-like form as if you just let the glue pile on one spot and even out on its own. Make a whole bunch of little dots and let them dry completely before you choose the best ones.

Chances are you’ll need quite a few enamel dots on your wax paper because it takes a couple tries to get the hang of it and create perfect dots, but you’ll get it quickly. It’s always good to have options!

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Once dry, paint on one layer of nail polish and let dry completely. Then paint a second coat and let dry again. I found that thinner polishes actually worked better and just required a second coat, which I planned on doing anyway. My favorite was Essie brand nail polish (featured here), but I also used a generic Target brand that worked really well.

Once the nail polish is completely dry, peel the dots off of the wax paper. There may be remnants of the nail polish sticking out from the sides. Carefully peel any of those pieces off with your hands so that the edges are clean. The nail polish may make the dots feel tacky.

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Add a dot of clear glue to the middle of the back of the dot and stick down your earring. I used E6000 glue because it’s clear and strong, much like super glue, and it works well for jewelry making in general. I would not recommend using the glue gun because the glue is much too thick. A little bit of E6000 will go a long way. Once the glue has dried, your enamel dot earrings are ready for gifting or wearing!

Because you can make these in any color, they go well with anything and keep your outfit fun and casual. If you make them as a gift, no one will ever believe that you made them yourself – especially using a glue gun and nail polish! Enjoy!

Stud Earring Jewelry Box

IMG_3643 I’ve only had my ears pierced for a little over a year now, but I quickly started collecting earrings. I love earrings and find myself looking at them everywhere I go. At first, I would put all of my studs in a small glass catch-all bowl I picked up at IKEA. Then I accumulated more and more earrings, and it would take me five minutes to dig through the bowl to find what I was looking for. A while back, I came up with one earring storage solution with my lace earring tree for longer, dangly ones, but the studs were another story. Finally, I found a solution – a stud earring jewelry box. It sounds so obvious now, and it was one of the easiest projects that I’ve made.

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You’ll need a shallow, wooden box that is wide enough to fit a pencil. I found the perfect one at Michael’s for just $5 (plus a coupon)! You will also need approximately eight unsharpened pencils, a hot glue gun, approximately eight pieces of felt, and some craft paint with paint brushes.

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First, I painted the box white. I wanted something simple to blend in with the rest of my room since my dresser is already really crowded. While you wait for it to dry, cut the sides of the felt to match the width of the inside of the box. Mine was 8.5 inches wide. I chose black to stand out against the white, but my black or dark colored earrings blend in a little too well. I’d suggest a different color. Using the hot glue gun, glue the pencil to the very end of the felt and begin rolling it so that the felt curls tightly around the pencil. Glue the end of the felt to the wrapped portion. This should fit somewhat snuggly inside the box. Do that to all of your pencils. I used eight total because of the size of my box, but for the last roll, I cut the felt so that the roll would be thinner than all of the others. The last roll needed to be thinner to fit inside the box without making the others too crammed together, and without the last roll there was too much space.

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Then add in your studs and enjoy! This stud earring jewelry box quick, easy and very efficient. And I live for efficient!

Lace Earring Tree

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Dangling earrings can be difficult to store or hang, so I found a simple, cute way to remedy the problem. This project only cost me about $3, and you can design it to fit in with your decor.

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All you need is a cheap frame, some lace, scissors, and a glue gun. Depending on the frame, you may also want spray paint. I picked up a frame at the dollar store and spray painted it with a leftover can that I had. Your lace should be a tight pattern rather than open so that the earrings can stay in place.

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First, remove the frame backing and glass. Cut the lace to fit over the opening of the frame. Leave enough extra fabric on the sides just in case. You can always cut the excess lace after. Because of the type of frame I had, my only choice was to glue the lace down with a glue gun, but it may need to be re-glued in the future because the earrings may pull at the lace, causing wear. You can also use a staple gun if you have a wood frame. Begin gluing the lace, and pull the sides tightly over the frame’s opening as you glue it down. It should be pulled tight to better hold the earrings.

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Once it’s glued and feels secure, it’s ready for use. It’s probably easiest to lean against something because the backs of the earrings may not lay properly if you try to hang the frame on a wall. It is somewhat delicate, but it holds my earrings well, and now I can actually display them instead of leaving them laying on my dresser.