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:

  1. What a genius idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

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

    http://franbuaz.blogspot.com/

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  3. 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

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

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  5. Gorgeous ideas! Thank you for sharing~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  12. Recycled bling! Brilliant!

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

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

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  15. Anonymous1:42 PM

    Love this upcycling idea!

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

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  17. 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!

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

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  19. Thank you for sharing your beautiful ideas
    Dox

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  20. Eco jewelry at its best! Highly creative indeed.

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  21. 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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