Scrap Busting Paper Earrings

Hey, there! I was a craft contributor to Or So She Says! This post for Scrap Busting Paper Earrings was originally seen there a few weeks back.

Scrap busting scrap-booking paper earrings tutorial - Dream a Little Bigger

I have previously discussed on a few occasions my dark little secret… I am addicted to scrapbooking paper. Every trip to the craft store I tell myself that I will not take a trip down that aisle full of beautiful papers because I don’t need any more scrapbooking paper. And if I purchase anymore I might actually have to take up scrapbooking. Yeah, I don’t scrapbook nor do I really have any desire to.

So I’ve been trying my best and doing my thing to deplete my stash. Or maybe I’m just trying to use some of it so that I don’t feel guilty. I recently used most, but not all of the sheet of two of my favorite papers. One an ornate textured gold pattern and the other a fun sort of grungy type of thing going on. I kept those little scraps on my desk and hated the thought of just tossing them (I am a hoarder of the stuff after all). It came to me when I was making earrings of another sort and my newest earrings were born.

For this project you will need:

Scrap busting scrap-booking paper earrings tutorial - Dream a Little Bigger

Take your hole punch and make a good several circle cut outs. I only needed two, but I went ahead and made four each just in case something went amiss.

Scrap busting scrap-booking paper earrings tutorial - Dream a Little Bigger

Use a standard hole punch near enough the edge that you can easily fit a jump ring onto the circle. Take the Mod Podge formula of your choice and go over both sides a time or two to help seal them. Last thing we want are soggy earrings because we had to run through the rain.

Scrap busting scrap-booking paper earrings tutorial - Dream a Little Bigger

Here I connected an earring finding and circle cut out directly with a jump ring.

Scrap busting scrap-booking paper earrings tutorial - Dream a Little Bigger

Afterwards I decided they needed a little something so I sprinkled a tiny bit of Mod Podge and glitter that I received from my package pal in Slovenia!

Scrap busting scrap-booking paper earrings tutorial - Dream a Little Bigger

Next I connected my earring findings to short lengths of chain (about an inch) then connected the chain to my paper discs with jump rings.

Scrap busting scrap-booking paper earrings tutorial - Dream a Little Bigger

You can easily embellish these any way you choose. Plus with so many scrapbooking papers you can have a different pair of earrings for every day of the year if you were so inclined.

I imagine that this could be a fun project for a whole gaggle of teenage girls. Provide a whole mess of paper options, rhinestones, glitter, studs and all of that business and I’m sure they could provide a full collection of fabulous ear candy.

Will you be using up your scrap scrapbooking paper to make paper earrings? Happy Sunday!


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  1. irene c says

    I too love paper of all kinds and love jewelry making too. Thanks for a great idea! If you don't have a lot of earring findings you can use the ones that are interchangeable and make a gift enclosing earrings for each day of the week or a package of all different holiday earrings. Thanks again!

  2. Allison Murray says

    I have never heard of the interchangeable findings, Irene. Thanks much for the heads up! I think that gift would be very neat, indeed!

  3. Annette says

    Wow!! you are so clever I never thought of doing this!! Fab way to use up scraps!!! (now where can I get Mod-podge here in England?) ha ha..

  4. Allison Murray says

    Thanks much, Annette. From what I hear Mod Podge is very often a hard thing to find outside of the US and that really stinks! You could use any kind of decoupage medium, maybe by another brand? Aileene's has got a really good one (though I don't care for the smell). Do you have Aileene's brand stuff, like the tacky glue in the gold bottle?

  5. jenni says

    What a great pair of earrings love the way you've shared these. what a great way of using paper.I have loads of this kind of paper but would never have thought of using it up in this way. Thanks again for sharing this project.

  6. Allison Murray says

    Thanks, Jenni! And you're quite welcome. I hate wasting scraps of anything and this was just the solution!

  7. Allison Murray says

    Hey, Bobbie. I actually used the double-sided scrapbooking paper for the black and colorful print ones. I've found that the double-sided is thicker than regular paper (like you run through your printer). I guess it's more like cardstock. The gold pair I was told that the paper had fabric fibers in it somehow and it is really, really tough. Hope that I helped!

  8. RUTH says

    YOU MAY BE ABLE TO USE LIKE SCHOOL GLUE MAYBE THINNED WITH WATER OR NOT -MAYBE WOULD WORK IF CANT GET MOD PODGE ANYWHERE. GOOD LUCK TO ALL HAPPY CRAFTING

  9. Allison Murray says

    What a great idea, Ruth! Thinned down glue can simulate Mod Podge to a certain degree. You can also Google homemade Mod Podge for some DIY recipes if you absolutely cannot get the real deal!

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