Scrap Busting Paper Earrings

May 19, 2013Allison Murray

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!

Comments (15)

  • Patatipatatarte

    May 20, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I find that your ideas of do-it-yourself are really Great!
    I do not very well speak English because my language is French,
    See you soon on my blog or on your blog

  • Allison Murray

    May 21, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Thank you so much Patatipatatarte!

  • irene c

    May 26, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    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!

  • Allison Murray

    May 26, 2013 at 1:45 PM

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

  • Annette

    July 7, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    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..

  • Allison Murray

    July 7, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    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?

  • jenni

    July 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    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.

  • Allison Murray

    July 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM

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

  • Bobbie

    July 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I was just wondering how you keep the paper from ripping?

  • Allison Murray

    July 8, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    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!

  • RUTH

    July 10, 2013 at 5:33 PM


  • Allison Murray

    July 16, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    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!

  • Sheila

    June 9, 2015 at 2:22 PM

    I would like to know what makes the paper hard

    1. Allison Murray

      June 10, 2015 at 7:43 AM

      They aren’t hard. I used paper that was sturdy and I’ve been careful with them.

  • Shirley E.

    March 4, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    If you make the earring down to the joining of the paper decorative part, then add a spring ring fastener or a lobster claw fastener or something similar, you could just clip on any color or variety of dangles you like, as often as you like. And if the paper wore out or tore, how hard would it be to make another? What if you had a stack of paper dangles on each one? –1 1/2″ circle, 1 1/4″ square, 1″ flower, smaller leaf, topped with a sparkle of some kind. As long as your fastener was big enough, you could be as creative as you wanted.

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