Day 74: Yarn and Paper Clip Earrings

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Supplies: 2 half inch paper clips (you can use larger ones if you want larger earrings), yarn, hot glue, 2 jump rings, 2 earring hooks

Time: 20-30 minutes

As you’ve probably noticed if you’ve been reading for awhile, I love earrings.  Today I had a sewing project in mind, but didn’t end up having enough time between jobs.  Luckily, I had a backup earring project!  It’s a great project because you probably have most of the supplies on hand.  The only thing you might be missing is earring hardware, but you can get a lot of jump rings and earring hooks for under $5!  Easy and cheap?  That’s my kind of jewelry!

Start by opening up your paper clips and forming them into triangles like this:

Attach the end of your yarn to the paper clip, making sure to leave the ends open.  The open ends will let you slip the yarn through so you don’t have to keep pulling a long piece of yarn through the middle.  It makes it much much faster!  Wrap the whole of each paper clip in yarn to make a nice furry triangle like this:

At some point you’re going to have to glue the paper clip ends together and cover them in yarn, which means you’ll have to do the slow method I mentioned earlier a little bit.  Once the first yarn wrapping is finished you’ll glue the end of your yarn on one of the sides of the triangle near, but not on, the bottom.

Wrap the yarn around the outside of the triangle.  Put a little dab of glue on the other side when you make the first round and add a little glue near the top too.  If you don’t do this step the yarn might slide off.  Also be sure to leave a little bit of unwrapped area at the top so you can attach the jump rings.

Open the jump rings and slip them on the top of the triangles.  Then add the earring hooks and close the jump rings and your earrings are ready to wear!  I’m wearing mine now!

While I was making these it occurred to me that these could be excellent candy corn earrings!  Just use yellow, orange, and white yarn and line up your wrapping to make little candy corns.

Happy Wednesday!

~Alie

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