I was walking through Hobby Lobby with Mr. Rob when I found the CUTEST earrings in the paper crafting section. I grabbed them, got all excited and used my super happy squeally voice to inform him that I was having these.
Now I got home and realized that I am a moron sometimes. First off, why would they sell earrings in the paper crafting section? And why would they sell the designs in sets of 3? I only have 2 ears and I’m pretty sure that’s par for the course with most earring wearers. Turns out, these guys are push pins, dun, dun, DUUUUUN. Shame on you Hobby Lobby for tricking me! :)
But as you can see from my super makeup free but totally happy face that these suckers did make it into my ears. Did I just shove them right in there and hope for the best? No. Because straight up my ears get infected so easily AND these pins are sturdy, like super fat. Way fatter than any earrings I’ve ever used. Plus they aren’t meant to be shoved through part of your body because they are push pins. In the end I grabbed some ear posts and turned them into earrings because I had everything on hand and there was no way I was going to admit defeat and use these cuties as mere office supplies.
Turning something into an earring is pretty easy. In fact, we’ve done the same with buttons in the past not once, but twice. And today I’m going to make it a 3rd. In all honesty the process is pretty much the same… first you clip off the push pin post from the piece like so using some nippers. Use a jewelry file to make the back surface as flush as possible and remove all remnants you can’t get with the nippers because you can’t make it smooth with the cutters alone.
You’ll need a really good, super strong glue that works with slick surfaces like this Glass & Bead Adhesive from Aleene’s.
Apply a healthy dab of glue onto the back of the earring over the spot that previously held the push pin post. Give it just a minute or 2 for the glue to start to set up and cure…
Push appropriate earring posts onto the glue making sure it doesn’t ooze over onto the sides or front of the earrings. Allow to dry several days, or at least overnight. The longer the glue has to cure the better.
Pop those babies in and you’ve got some fab new earrings. Cool, right? And so cute! Perhaps I’m a bit old for something so cute but I really don’t care :)