Cheap and Easy Floating Earrings

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After making floating 3D print earrings, I remembered a craft I did at a Michael's store ages ago involving clear string and stickers to make floating earrings. I decided to recreate them to show off the super easy and cheap technique to make floating earrings. These are a great craft for kids.

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Step 1: Supplies

Supplies:

  • 3D Stickers
    • you need 2 of each sticker (for the front and back of the earring) for each earring, meaning you need 4 of each sticker to make a set of earrings
      • for my earrings, I used 4 small pearl half stickers, 4 medium pearl half stickers, and 4 large pearl half stickers
    • I found some nice pearl ones called adhesive gems at Joanns- these aren't the exact ones I'm using but they look pretty similar
    • the stickers you use should be symmetrical as you need to stick two back to back.
  • Clear String - I'm using Nylon, fishing line would also be good since it's usually pretty strong
  • 2 Earrings
  • Scissors
  • Glue - optional, I used some just to make sure the knot on the earring wouldn't come undone.

Step 2: Start the Earring

To start, all you need to do is tie the string on the earring. There are two ways to do this (I did the first):

Tie the knot and then trim the string off. If you do this, I recommend a drop of glue just to hold it in place before trimming the string.

The other way to do this would be to take a long piece of string and tie it onto the earring half way down the string. Then, proceed by sticking the stickers onto both strings.

Step 3: Adding Stickers

To add the stickers, start by adding one sticker onto the string and sandwich it with another sticker that looks the same.

You can do any design you want, because of the stickers I got, I just did three going down, but you can do whatever pattern works for your stickers.

Once all the stickers are on, trim the excess string.

Do the same thing for the next earring. Try to make them look as identical as you can.

Step 4: Done

See? Super easy and relatively cheap.

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    firestarclan

    6 weeks ago

    Great job! I would've never thought it was made of stickers!

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    Penolopy Bulnickfirestarclan

    Reply 5 weeks ago

    Thanks! Yeah, there are a lot of fancy stickers out there now. I was suprrised when I saw the variety at the store :)

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    sgbotsford

    Tip 2 months ago

    Experiment with different thread material. These are cheap enough and quick enough to make that you don't need to be too concerned about breakage.

    * Thread comes in many colours. Harder to see if the thread matches skin tone.

    * Running fishing line between folded fine grit (300) sandpaper will take the shine off it, and reduce reflection.

    * Try using a single hair of the wearer's hair. This would be really hard to see.

    * If you use a stud earring as the starting point, you could hang something about an inch or so below. When people ask, "They're magnetic." "Tiny drones that follow my ears."

    * Consider using fake eyes for halloween.

    * Any bead with a hole can also be used, as can anything you can drill a hole in -- seeds, small pinecones, metal turnings, hand planer shavings.

    * Flat stickers would work too, and would be super light weight.

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    Penolopy Bulnicksgbotsford

    Reply 2 months ago

    Lots of great suggestions!

    I'm going to have to try fishing line and sandpaper :) I also like the fake eyes idea for Halloween!

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    Penolopy BulnickAuroris

    Reply 2 months ago

    Thanks! And it is crazy the types of stickers you can get now. I just thought I'd look when I was at the store the other day and was surprised when I found these :)

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    Kink Jarfold

    2 months ago on Step 4

    OK, I showed these to Wifey and she got excited. Earrings and shoes get her more excided than I do now. Go figure. KJ

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