Post # 1
I just finished this project, so I thought I would share.
I thought it would be nice to provide earrings for my bridesmaids and while I was able to find ones I liked at reasonable prices, even $15 each adds up. I found some cute ideas on Etsy and decided to give-it-a-go myself. I tried several styles and really liked 2. When I couldn’t decide, I decided that I would give them both sets and they can decide which to wear.
The first set is tiny origami cranes made from book paper with a few beads in the wedding colors. The second set is a round fan kind of design, again with beads in wedding colors. I didn’t want them squished in flat jewelry boxes, so I made little triangular boxes to put them in. Think they’ll like them? If not, at least they were cheap!
Post # 3
Theyre really good!How did you make them, and how much did each pair inc box cost to make?
Post # 4
Wow! That is some serious craft devotion! They look gorgeous, and I’m sure your BMs will love them!
Post # 5
@BrandNewBride: Thanks!!! I think I set their expectations pretty low when I told them I was making the earrings, so I think they’ll be happy they’re not giant falling apart messes!
@family_girl: Thanks! They were fairly easy and cheap to make – especially once I return the unused beads.
Origami crane earrings:
- Practice making a crane with regular sized paper (~5 inches per side). There are a million youtube tutorials. Then try smaller pieces until you’re happy with the size – I went with 1 inch square. It’s tricky to work that small, but I liked the way the smaller ones looked.
- The cranes already have a hole in the bottom of the body, so I just inserted a needle into the hole at the bottom and pushed it out the top.
- Take a ~4 inch long pieces of 20 gauge craft wire and make a loop in the bottom (I put a dangling bead in this loop.
- Then string on the crane and any other beads you like.
- Make another a loop at the top and thread the earring base into the top loop.
Circle fan earrings (I totally stole the design for this from etsy):
- The paper fan circle thingy is basically just a bunch of circles glued together: I used a dime as a template and cut 16 circles per earrings. Then I folded them all in half with the good side inside the fold. Take the first two and glue two of the halves together. Then add a third to the unattaches half of one. Then a fourth, etc. Then when they’re all glued together in a stack, glue the unattached half of the first one to the unattached half of the last one and you have a round ball with an opening down the middle.
- Assemble the same way as above, but with the round fan thingy you’ve just created in place of the crane
Cute little boxes:
- Take a piece of pretty paper and cut an equilateral triangle (all three sides the same length, all the angle 60 degrees) in whatever size you need. You can print this and scale to your desired size:
- Put the pretty side down. Use a ruler to draw a line 1/4 of an inch inside each edge
- Cut off the corners where your lines intersect
- Fold along the lines
- Find the middle of the bottom edge of the triangle and mark with your finger or a small pencil mark. Fold the top corner down to this point – Repeat on all sides
- Your points should now all meet to form a pyramid
- Use a hole punch at the top of each point
- Thread small ribbon through the holes and then thread on a label and tie with a bow!
- I used scrap paper and ribbon from other projects – very little of each was needed as I only have 3 girls in my wedding party. I also already own 20 guage craft wire but you can get this for aorund $3 from any crafty type store.
- The earring bases, I bought off amazon – 50 for $3.26 +$1.38 shipping and now I have leftovers for my next earring project!
- I went al little overboard with the beads and bought too many online. I spent $17.78, including shipping, but if you go to a craft store and buy beads I think you would only spend a few dollars.
- So I think you could do this for under $10 total!