Tuesday, December 28, 2010

upcycled holiday sparkle earrings

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Before you throw out all that holiday decor, cards and wrapping paper, take a second look- perhaps there is a unique way to recycle or upcycle all that Christmas sparkle? I decided to turn all of my metallic wrapping and decoration into some sparkly earrings- just in time for New Years Eve!


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Tinsel, while messy can be used to create sparkly paper.


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Use card stock, thick paper or even recycle the inside of greeting cards (like I did).
Cover the surface with a thick layer of craft glue, gel medium or modge podge.
Trim the tinsel over the paper so that it sticks to the glue.
Let dry completely.
The result is a thick piece of sparkly paper that can be used to create all kinds simple jewelry.



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Cut out simple shapes


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Use dimensional paint to add little details.
Paint or decorate the back- optional


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Cut out small shapes and using jump rings, stack the shapes for dramatic dangle earrings.


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Use leftover metallic wrapping (or any pretty wrapping for that matter) to create rolled roses. (my tutorial is here)


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Fill the middle with beads.


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Glue to posts for a small and pretty set of earrings.


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Use wrapping paper and roll into beads.


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Use those paper beads and stack them on wire with alternating beads for a set of long dangle earrings.


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And there you have it a brand new collection of sparkle earrings ready for a New Years Eve Party!

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