Doily and Handkerchief Earrings August 10 2012, 0 Comments

Hello there, Ra Ra friends!

Today I have a VERY easy little craft for you. Takes about 30 minutes and costs next to nothing. Here's what you need:

Doily or Handkerchief (or any other fabric you fancy!)

Fabric Stiffener

Paintbrush

Wax Paper

Scissors

Earring Backings

Needle Nose Pliers

 

Here you have the doily and handkerchief I used for this project:

[caption id="attachment_2275" align="alignnone" width="630"] Before - Doily[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2266" align="alignnone" width="630"] Before - Handkerchief[/caption]

Step 1: Use a paintbrush and apply fabric stiffener to the back of the fabric / doily / handkerchief. Make sure to do this step on top of a piece of wax paper (and leave on the wax paper to dry).

NOTE: Instructions on the bottle say to pour the fabric stiffener in a bowl and coat the fabric with it. I found this made it too hard and crunchy. I prefer applying it with a paintbrush on the reverse side of the fabric only.

[caption id="attachment_2267" align="alignnone" width="630"] Step 1 - Brush on Fabric Stiffener[/caption]

Step 2: Once it has dried, cut out your shapes.

[caption id="attachment_2268" align="alignnone" width="630"] Step 2 - Cut Out Shapes[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2269" align="alignnone" width="630"] Handkerchief Cutouts[/caption]

Step 3: Use needle nose pliers to open up the end of the earring and attach through an opening in the doily. For the handkerchief, I pierced the fabric with a relatively thick needle and then put the earring through.

[caption id="attachment_2270" align="alignnone" width="630"] Step 3 - Attach Earring[/caption]

Here are the finished earrings!

[caption id="attachment_2276" align="alignnone" width="630"] Doily Earrings #1[/caption]

NOTE: Earrings #2 and #3 started out as #1, but I cut the centre circle out to make earrings #2 and kept the outer ring to create earrings #3.

[caption id="attachment_2271" align="alignnone" width="630"] Doily Earrings #2[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2273" align="alignnone" width="630"] Doily Earring #3[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_2274" align="alignnone" width="630"] Handkerchief Earrings[/caption]

 

That's it. I told you this was an easy project! Be sure to have fun experimenting. You can create really interesting shapes with the fabric stiffener by twisting and twirling the fabric in different ways before it dries.