Wednesday, March 13, 2013

DIY Paper Arrow Earrings

I'm finally back! Last week hubs had a week of vacation, which was awesome since being a resident he hardly even gets weekends off. (Seriously, it's so rare to have a whole weekend off they refer to it as a "Golden Weekend" when a resident has both a Saturday and Sunday off.) First, my parents were in town for a few days, then hubs and I took a much needed break from New York and headed to a cute little town in Pennsylvania for a few days, and finally the day after we got back his dad and stepmom came to visit, along with hubby's brother and his wife! A great, but super busy week!

I came up with these cute little paper earrings while impatiently waiting for hub's week off to arrive. I've been wanting to come up with a good stacked paper jewelry idea for a while, so when I saw a pair of arrow shaped enamel earrings on Pinterest I thought that would be perfect!

You will need:
1 sheet of cardstock to cut arrow shapes (you can use my template)
1 set of earring posts with backs
E-6000 glue
Glue pen or white glue (I used a ballpoint-tip glue pen from Martha Stewart Crafts - I got it at Michaels)
Aleene's Paper Glaze (or something similar)
Scissors and/or ruler and x-acto

You can use my arrow template (click here to get it) or make your own. My arrows are 1/2 inch wide. There is probably a better way to do this (where the arrows don't have color printed on the back), but I couldn't figure out how. If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear them!

Start by cutting out all 20 arrows from a piece of cardstock. I used a ruler and x-acto for the sides and scissors for all the other edges. I don’t know why, but that seemed like the easiest way.

Begin gluing them together front to back, making sure to line them up as best you can, until you have two stacks of 10 arrows each. Use the glue pen (or white glue and maybe a small brush or toothpick?) to spread glue on arrows.

Once the stacks have dried, put a layer of Aleene’s Paper Glaze on top. (Also - try to ignore the fact that I seriously need to redo my manicure in this picture!) Allow it to fully dry, and then add another layer to give the arrows a more 3D look on top.

Put a drop of E-6000 glue onto the flat surface of the earring back. Press it down in the center of the back of an arrow. Do the same with the other earring back/arrow. Let the glue dry and your arrow earrings are ready to wear!

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  1. Very cute! I have about 50 various paper punches ~ all kinds of shapes and sizes, these would be great to us in making earrings like yours :D

    1. hey tara,where did you got those paper punches? i searched everywhere and it was a little bit expensive (30-40$ each) not including shipping!

  2. Such a clever idea! I never would have thought to make earrings out of paper, but they turned out so cute!

  3. So impressed by the cut-outs all being the same size! You've got a steady hand and a lot of patience : ) Really clever project!

  4. This would be an ideal project to make on a Silhouette Machine.

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  6. Fun idea.. This tutorial can help make geometric earrings.. :)