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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Paper Earrings

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**I've added new notes at the bottom of the post**

I collect jewelry like I collect shoes--meaning, I only have a little of each.  Part of me would love to have a closet full of foot wear and a cabinet full of sparkly, chunky color.  The other part of me lacks the money (and possibly style) to pull it off.  I'm also super picky about being comfortable, and frankly, a lot of fun shoes just aren't that comfortable.  Same goes for large earrings--dangley and pretty, but pulling on my ears all day. 

So I decided to design my own and I think they came out pretty good--a cheap (and light) way to add a pop of color to my get up!

I created each earring pattern in Make the Cut, making sure to put a small hole at the top of each one for a hook. 

I cut them from cardstock (I wanted them to be sturdier than regular paper and also colored on the back side too)  using my Black Cat Cougar--you could of course use a Silhouette or Cricut or even a paper punch!


I stuck them back down onto my sticky mat and covered them with Glossy Accents and let them dry over night.  I found that having them stuck down to the mat helped them to not curl up as the Glossy Accents dried.


Stick an earring hook through the hole and they're ready to wear!  What do you think?  Which color/shape is your favorite?  And, most importantly, do you think you'll try making your own?


**A couple of answers from some of the questions I've gotten**
  • I only put the Glossy Accents on the top side
  • I have not used Dimensional Mod Podge before, so I don't know how it would work on something like this
  • They are not super sturdy, they are paper after all...but they ave been holding up great for me! (though I am past the stage of having kids little enough to be grabbing at my earrings)
  • And finally, yes--I am willing sell completed pairs (not everyone has access to a cutting machine)  
  •  1 pair--  $5 
     2 pair--  $9  
     3 pair--  $12
    Pay using Paypal, shipping included (in US), you choose between the three shapes and any solid color you want, let me know if you have questions!
For personal use only please:
Download the MTC file
And by popular demand, SVG file

If you're a Disney fan, be sure to check out my most recent design--the Mickey Earrings!

     
  
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81 comments:

  1. These are adorable!!! Such a great idea. I'll definitely have to give this one a try. Thanks for sharing the how-to!

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  2. GREAT idea! I love them! And yes, I am definitely going to make some of these. Can't wait to show my daughter (who is 18, and a crafter too.)

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  3. So very clever! I'm new to earrings (yes, I held out for 40+ years!) and love big hoops and dangles but they are taking their toll on my little lobes ...

    :)

    Linda

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  4. It's brilliant. Unfortunately I don't have a cutting machine to make them. I love em tho.

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  5. This is such a great idea! I think is it brilliant! (You should try some Paparazzi earrings! they are only $5 and are usually very light!) I am featuring this at someday crafts.blogspot.com. I will be attending SNAP so I hope to meet you there!
    Michelle

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  6. Those are awesome!!!! I would love to try this with glitter paper

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  7. These are ridiculously cute! Great idea Steph, totally genius.

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  8. Did you gloss accent both sides? These are great.

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    1. I just did the top side--the one that will face front when I'm wearing them.

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  9. Looks great, what is "glossy accents"? do you think mod Podge dimensional magic would work? If so I am firing up the silhouette!

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  10. These are great! Now I need to make some.

    @angel - yes, I use Dimensional Magic and Glossy Accents interchangeably.

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  11. These are awesome! I was just looking for jewelry designs in the Silhouette store yesterday but these are even better because they are completely unique.

    Thanks for sharing a great idea!

    Claire

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  12. I love these! I don't have a cutting machine (I'm not there yet in my crafting!), but these are adorable. i'm in a very coral phase right now, so I like those and the orange and aqua, I'm really drawn to the fun colors. Just started following you, maybe I can up my crafting game:)

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  13. Steph you always blow me away! I love the earrings!

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  14. Steph
    These are brilliant. I am going to have a go at some to show how versatile cutters can be at a craft expo in May.
    Thanks for showing them

    Cheers
    Jo

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  15. I would definitely make these! Love them!!!

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  16. Okay, those are super, super cute! Love them! Thank you for the visit and sweet comment @TheDedicatedHouse. It means the world. Wishing you a grand day. Toodles, Kathryn

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  17. Awesome....gonna try!!! Do you use a cricut machine? If so I have oneeeeee!!!

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  18. What a great idea! You are so stinking creative! Now if only I had pierced ears...

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  19. Very clever! I might try this with my Cameo. Since you used your sticky mat to cling to the paper and keep it from curling, did you get any on the mat and how easy is it to remove?

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  20. Is there anything you can't do Steph?! Those are amazing! I am so totally going to try these! Thanks for the idea!

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  21. My goodness what a cute idea! Do they bend tho? I mean is the paper fragile or tuff enuff? I'll let you know how mine turn out, k?

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  22. Those are super cute! What is Make the Cut? I love all of the bright, fun colors!

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  23. This is one of the best way for making earring. Those all colourful earrings really awesome. I will try to make this type of earring at my home. Everything is perfect.

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  24. Your earrings are super cute, especially in person. Glad I got to meet you at SNAP yesterday and to find your cute blog!

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  25. What a great project. Can't wait to try it.

    Trish (ImaCutter)

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  26. No freaking way! This is awesome! Never would have thought to make my own earrings with paper. This makes the color possibilities endless...love this!!

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  27. Love them. I don't have a fancy machine to cut out designs but maybe someday. These are inspiring.

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  28. Such a fun idea! I may have to give these a go! (and congrats on winning the May ad spot over at A Law Student's Journey!) I look forward to seeing more of your crafts!

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  29. I just love these! I think they are fabulous! I love the mustard yellow! It's my favorite color right now! You should consider making one of these for a give away, I would love a pair!

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  30. What a fabulous idea. I make a lot of jewelry but this has to be one of the best and most unique idea I have seen in a long time. I love your earings and you have me inspired! Thanks for sharing your creativity. I am now a follower of your blog and look forward to return visits. I invite you to join me as well on my blog at http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com
    Hugs, Gayle.

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  31. Cool idea! Thank you for sharing it.

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  32. My mind is racing with all the possibilities you have opened up for me! I teach a group of 12 and 13 year old girls and this would be a great thing for me to do with them. I have MTC and a Silhouette. Do you share files? If so, I would love them! I found you through A Girl and a Glue Gun. Now I must go, I have to look around your blog!!!!

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  33. What a brillian idea! Love it!

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  34. This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing at Craft and Tell!

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  35. wow! never would have guessed it was paper! it was great to briefly meet you this weekend!

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  36. Really cute and looks easy enough !

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  37. Those are incredible... I'm really 'Wow-ed'! Love if if you'd come link up at my linky going on now :)
    http://www.salttree.net/2012/04/open-call-tuesdays-1.html

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  38. Wow these look great! That's amazing they are paper. I would love for you to share this at my link party
    http://thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com/2012/04/share-it-link-party-8.html

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  39. Every morning I think to myself, "I wish I had green earrings." when I put on a green necklace. Or, just today, "I wish I had red earrings." to match my red shirt. But like you, I can't justify the cost of owning all of those earrings, especially when I'm really bad at keeping track of them. Even at Christmas time I'll write on my list, "Yellow earrings." etc. I've toyed with the idea of making them out of poly clay but this is WAY more detailed than I could ever get! I wonder if you could use a roll up cutting board in a cutting machine to make them waterproof/sturdier. (I've seen pretty colored roll up mats at Ikea and the dollar store). Oh the possibilities! If you're not too busy, I'd love if you would come link up to Sweet Sharing Monday! http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday-2/

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  40. This is such a great idea! I love that you don't even have to paint them! I love all the designs and color you've used!

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  41. This is such a Great Project & you have done a wonderful job!!! My mom was the jewlery maker in this house (she lived w/us so we could take care of her for 14 yrs.) She passed away May 4 last year. But I KNOW that if she was still here, I would have to design her and cut her out LOTS as I know she would Love them!!! Did I miss the file that you were going to post on the MTC Forum? Sometimes I have hard time finding them....lol. Again, what a Wonderful new project!!!
    Curly

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  42. This is such a great idea!! You could make them to match any outfit, how wonderful!!

    Hope you have a great day!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.com

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  43. Wow those are awesome! I have never seen anything like that! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at Pin It & Win It Wednesday @ www.cheapcraftymama.com (open now!).

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  44. I love this idea and I am featuring it on my Fab Five Frugal Friday post.

    Great blog!

    Linda

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  45. Those are AMAZING!!! I need to make some of these! Wow! Thanks so much for sharing this as well at Thursday's Temptation.
    Jill

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  46. So so cool Steph! I love the way each came out and I would have NEVER guessed they were paper earrings!!! Thanks for linking up this week :)

    Kara
    www.mineforthemaking.com
    DIY Divas Thursdays

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  47. Genius! Just genius! And dangerous. SO dangerous. I will have so many pairs of earrings the hubs will certainly not be happy. :) Thank you so much for sharing this great idea!

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  48. This is a great project! They are so cute! Would you consider linking it up to my Pinworthy Projects Linky Party over at Just Us Four?

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  49. The earrings are awesome,thanks for sharing the cut file.
    Jocelan

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  50. I found you from the Paper Boutique. Love this idea! So cool-- have to pin it on my Pinterest boards!

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  51. SUPER cool idea!!! I've been looking for inexpensive ideas of things to make for Girl's Camp this summer. This just might make the cut! lol

    thanks!

    Loved getting to meet you at SNAP! Those boots rock my socks off, girl!

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  52. These were 1 of the 2 top most clicked on projects from my blog this week! congrats!

    http://brassyapple.blogspot.com/2012/04/top-link-ups-winner.html

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  53. These are beyond amazing!!! Love it- and I love all the bright colors!

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  54. Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Hope you'll come again this week! This month's Pretty Packages party is now up for any of your lovely wrapped gifts!
    http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2012/04/pretty-packages-party-14-highlights.html
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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  55. WOW!! What a very cool idea! :) Steph, you are amazing. It was so fun to meet you at SNAP. You are such an incredible lady!

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  56. I am featuring your cute earrings at today's link party! Wahoo!!

    http://twoyellowbirdsdecor.blogspot.com/2012/05/thursdays-temptation-16-fabulous.html
    Jill

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  57. Wow, genius! What a great idea; I love all the fun shapes and colors. So glad you entered One Crafty Contest; good luck!

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  58. So cute and creative!!!! I am definitely going to make some!

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  59. this is a great idea and so cute. ok... yet another reason to get one of those cutting machines....

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  60. OMG I just adore these!! I just signed up as a Stampin' Up demostrator and I have my first party in a week and I am so making these to wear while I do the party!! What a great idea to show people something different they can make with paper!!! I will give you all the credit!!

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  61. I've thought of doing this too...one thing I would add is I'm going to put embossing powder on mine and heat it up...it will make it more sturdy like plastic. I would just make sure to poke a hole while the embossing product is still hot.

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  62. My daughter would love me forever if I made these with her, thanks for sharing! Laura stopping by from Real Momma and the Best of Your Best Blog Hop!

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  63. So cute, I wonder if I could make a necklace like this! Thanks so much for linking up at the the Best of Your Best Blog hop at Miss Information!

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  64. My favorites are the orange "doily" shapes and the pink loops. What a fabulous idea!

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  65. These are so cute! I cant open either file. Is there another way to get them? Please post them, I'm dying to make these! Thanks!!

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    1. The MTC file will only work if you have Make the Cut, but the svg file should open for anyone. You can send me a message and we can try to figure it out over email.

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  66. These are so cute! I'm obsessed with paper punches, so I might need to use this as an excuse to buy a new punch! Love!

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  67. Love this!! Could you point me in the right direction for purchasing? Is the $5 price for the paper earring and the hook? I'm interested in ordering just the paper part if possible. Thank you

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    1. Shelley, I'd love to help you out. Please send me an email at craftingintherain at gmail dot com do we can work out details:)

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  68. Goodness, one of those ideas - why didn't I think of that? I will definitely give this a go, thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from SNAP! Top 2012 Posts
    xo, Kristina
    Hope you'll visit my Top 10 too <3
    www.pearlgateway.com

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  69. I just got a Silhouette for Christmas, so you can bet I'm adding these to my TO DO list. Love how easy and inexpensive they are, not to mention light! Pinned.

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  70. So cool! How did I miss this tutorial!? I love it!

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