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!

27 comments:

Carrie Rosalind said...

What a genius idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

franbuaz said...

beautiful..you are excellent..:))
yours affectionately..

http://franbuaz.blogspot.com/

Helena (XOXO Parisky) said...

You're genious!

MaryJanes and Galoshes said...

You continue to make dimensional paint look so good! What a great idea. Some clear dimensional glue on top to seal the base would also add a great shine! I bow down.

Taylor
www.maryjanesandgaloshes.com

Denise said...

I'm "cleaning up" after Christmas today. I will try this paper technique! Great idea

Rebecca Everett said...

Gorgeous ideas! Thank you for sharing~

anna maria said...

You are amazing!

Shelley in SC said...

These are absolutely amazing!! Love it! Thanks for sharing.

Judith said...

Brilliant idea!

Createology said...

Super clever ideas you have here. The looks are very festive. Happy creating...

Giggles said...

So impressive! You never cease to amaze me! Excellent idea!

kelly said...

you're awesome. seriously- your site is such a huge source of creative inspiration for me.

jgr said...

You are amazing! Thank you for the great ideas I can't wait to try it.

Elizabeth said...

Fabulous remakes and you know that they will be a huge hit!!!

beka*b said...

Recycled bling! Brilliant!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow- I just love what you come up with. What fun and creative conversation pieces! I'll be linking.

thefirstlady said...

Excellent idea!

Elizabeth @ Ucreate with Kids said...

I'm definitely making me some Holiday Bling earrings! What a great idea! Will be featuring this tmw!

Rachel M said...

Amazing!

Anonymous said...

Love this upcycling idea!

jamie. said...

so creative! i love the ones with the beads around the edge

Kendra said...

Dang it! I already put all the decorations away and threw away all the cards. I'm filing this post away in my brain for next Christmas!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

What a great, creative idea! thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower! :)

antArtiste said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful ideas
Dox

Pearl Blay said...

Eco jewelry at its best! Highly creative indeed.

Χριστιανα Χριστοδουλου said...

smart and beautiful! Thank you!

Ticklish Moose said...

I knew I had that sparkly paper saved on the dining room table for something! Thanks Alisa for showing me the way!! :) Have a wonderful New Year!!!!

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