So by now y’all know how much I love to upcycle and use soda cans and packaging plastic in my craft projects. Today I want to share with you a jewelry project that I adore. This project is also featured in my book, The Christmas Guide to Upcycling, which has lots of cool ideas for Christmas as well as gift ideas for the entire year. Look to the right for links to the books 🙂
These earrings are made using a diet coke can. Can you tell?!
Here are complete instructions on how to make these earrings. Change the embossing design to give them a completely different look.
Change the colors and the beads to make them more sedate. Play with the idea and upcycle! Change the fate of a soda can.
Beads in a Window – Earrings
- Pieces of aluminum
- Sizzix Bigz Slide Mounts Die
- Cuttlebug Circles embossing folder
- Jump rings
- Earring Findings or hooks
- 2 head pins
- 2 spacer beads or small beads
- 2 large accent beads
To start off use the slide mounts die to cut two identical frames of your choice from the aluminum and the felt. Then emboss these pieces using the Cuttlebug circles embossing folder and use your Sharpies to color in the pattern. For more detailed instructions on how to do this refer to the techniques section given in the book or comment below and I’ll help out 🙂
Glue the felt pieces to the aluminum pieces using clear strong glue. Use a small circle punch to make a hole in each shape in the top part of the frame. The same hole will be used to add a hook to and to hang the bead embellishment.
To make the bead embellishments, use a headpin and add a small spacer or other bead to that. Then add the accent bead and finish off by making a small loop with the rest of the head pin. Make two identical embellishments. Now use jump rings to attach these to the hole in the earring as shown in the picture.
Finish the earrings by adding on the earring hooks.
This is probably one of my favorite projects and I have received numerous compliments whenever I have worn these earrings to any gathering. Imagine the surprise your friends will get when you give them such chic earrings for Christmas. They will never be able to tell they started life off as a soda can!
Do let me know how you liked this project and share pictures of what you did. I would LOVE to see!
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