Sunday, April 17, 2011

Recycled Bottle Earrings- Super Easy & Quick!

For a while now I've been in a creative slump.  I couldn't think of a darn thing to create.  And if I did try to make something, it didn't come out right.  But then in the past couple of days, WHAM!  Ideas started flooding into my brain like crazy.  So fast that I had to write them down with a pink crayon, because I couldn't find anything better to write with quickly enough.  It's a good thing!  Lots of ideas!  Making these earrings was one of those ideas.  I didn't expect them to be so easy to make, which is why I made six pairs yesterday afternoon!  They're so much fun.

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Aren't they cute?  The hardest part of making them is waiting for them to dry.  Alright, to make some for yourself, here's what you need:

  • A 2-liter clear plastic bottle
  • Mod Podge
  • paintbrush
  • hole punch
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • marker- like a sharpie, for measuring
  • thin fabric, candy wrapper, food coloring, glitter, etc.  
  • jump rings & ear wires

To start, make sure your 2-liter bottle is clean and dry.  Using your scissors or a very sharp knife, cut the top and bottom off the bottle.  Be careful!

Cut the tube down the middle, so you're left with a strip of plastic to work with.  I trimmed the edges so that there weren't any jagged edges.

For one pair of earrings, you'll need to cut two strips of plastic that are 1/2" wide by 5" long.

To make earrings with some fabric, cut two strips of fabric slightly larger than the plastic strips.  Slather some mod podge on the outside of the strips and press onto the wrong side of the fabric.  Then take your scissors and trim the excess fabric off.

Once they dry, hit 'em with another coat or two of mod podge.  Can you tell I used glitter Mod Podge?

Once they're dry, take your hole punch and punch a hole on each end of the strips.

Now time to add the jewelry findings:

Attach one jump ring- make sure to twist them open, not pry them apart.  Mich L. in L.A. explains that better than I do, HERE.

So, one jump ring to make the strip into a loop:

One more jump ring & an ear wire...

Repeat with the other earring, and there's one pair done!

There are so many ways to do these. Try them with Mod Podge colored with food coloring!

Add a few drops of food coloring to some Mod Podge and paint it onto the plastic instead of the fabric:

Go crazy with the hole punch!

Pink Earrings with Holes

Try a flat pair!

Flat Earrings

Can you tell I had fun with these? I love the Dum-Dum earrings, root beer is my favorite!

Recycled Plastic Bottle Earrings

Someone really likes the green ones...

Uh-Oh!  A thief!


One down, one to go...

A video tutorial, if you prefer to learn that way :) :



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20 crazy awesome comments:

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Okay, so I wasn't too sure about these when I read "2-liter bottle" BUT, wow! Looking at the finished products means I am SO trying these. Think I'll tuck a few in my girls' Easter baskets! Thanks for a great tutorial!

Brianna said...

How cute! What a great way to recycle!

Michelle L. said...

Oooh, love them! The fabric ones are sooo cool. Esp. love the ones with all the holes punched. Great tute, toots!

lisbonlioness said...

I did something similar with beer cans the other day. i gotta try the fabric covered ones!

Jamie said...

what a fun craft! perfect to do with my teenage sister! & a good way to re-use plastic bottles.

Anika said...

most bottle-related earrings turn out iffy, but these are excellent! I like ;D

Kadie said...

These are so very cool!!! I cant wait to try them. I think I will be force feeding my children pop so I can have a bottle to use.;) Just kidding, kind of ha,ha. Root beer dum dums are my fav as well. Great Tut.

Anonymous said...

I love cute they are...thanks so much for the tutorial....monna from indiana said...

I can't believe those were bottles- they look fantastic! Thanks tons for adding these to the One Pretty Thing Flickr pool, I'll be linking.

Jill said...

this is AWESOME! I love the originality of each one...thanks so much for sharing! :)
New follower and looking forward to more posts!
~Jill from 'Just Dream, Jelly Bean!'

Jill said...

Hi! I commented in April but wanted to let you know that I featured your awesome idea on my post today called 'Alooooha Friday Wrap Up' so I hope you check it out! My followers are sure to love it as well :)

~Jill from 'Just Dream, Jelly Bean!'

Rita alias alatvian said...

Thank you so very much for sharing!
Great ideas!

DivaPrincess said...

Definitely something I could try! So many ideas running through my head on how to make these unique!

Misaeltania said...

Very nice, What does it mean Mod Podge ? Where can I buy? Or You Could That product replace the veneer?

Anonymous said...

so cute!!!!!

Anonymous said...

You rock! Totally awesome and cool. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this tutorial, such a simple idea but effective. I've made some...very easy...because I plan to use this as a camp craft idea for teen girls.
I don't have a single hole punch so used a hammer and nail to make a small hole(I just hammered it into the carpet until it went thru.
I dont have Mod Podge either, so I used Elmers glue (PVA). Don't dilute it and apply thinly.

sandra c said...

Great tutorial, I will be making these for sure. I pinned this :)

Excalibur said...

lovely beads.... I have some decorative paper that I never used. Now all I have to do is get the diamond glaze and I can make decorative paper beads. Good tutorial.

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