Cute Boho Handmade Rainbow Earrings

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These boho rainbow earrings are super easy to make with craft items you might already have around your house!

Supplies:

You will need:

  1. Scissors
  2. White yarn (medium thickness)
  3. Thin wire
  4. 4 Colours of embroidery thread (for my rainbows I used red, yellow, blue and purple... but feel free to be creative!)
  5. Ruler
  6. Hot glue gun
  7. Bobby pins (optional)
  8. 2 Jumprings
  9. 2 Earring hooks / backings

Let's get started!

Step 1: Step 1: Cut the Yarn and Wire

  • Cut about a foot of white yarn. Remember, it's better to have more than not enough!
  • Cut 4 short pieces of wire. These will keep the structure of the rainbow's arches. You can always cut these shorter later as well.
    • The longest piece will support the outermost and longest arch of the rainbow; the shortest piece will support the innermost and shortest arch of the rainbow.

Step 2: Step 2: Prepping for Wrapping

  • Let's start with the shortest arch of the rainbow (in this case, it will be the purple arch). For this arch, we will need the shortest length of wire.
  • Carefully tuck the shortest length of wire through the middle of the white yarn.
    • The start of the wire should be about an inch from one of the ends of yarn. You always want to leave a bit of space here!

Step 3: Step 3: Wrapping

  • Double-knot your first colour of embroidery thread around the yarn and wire and pull it tight.
    • This knot should be quite close to the edge of the wire.
    • It's okay if there is a tail
  • Wrap the embroidery thread carefully and tightly around the yarn and wire.
    • Make sure the tail from the knot is also being wrapped with the yarn and wire.

Step 4: Step 4: Measuring and Finishing the Arch

  • Once you've wrapped about 1 inch, double knot (always nice and tight!) and cut the tails of thread.
    • I always leave a tiny bit of a tail in case the knot gets loose. Once we glue everything together, these tails are easy to hide.

Step 5: Step 5: Finishing Up the Arch

  • Now that we have our yarn and wire wrapped, we can finish the arch.
  • First, cut any wire that is visible. You don't want any excess wire popping out from under the wrap.
  • You can now bend the wrapped yarn into an arch shape. The wire should hold it in place.
  • Cut the yarn, leaving about half an inch visible. This excess yarn is our rainbow's cloud!

Step 6: Step 6: Repeat and Trim

  • The hardest part is over! Now simply repeat steps 2-5 with the other 3 colours!
  • Your second arch (in this case, the blue arch) is a little longer than our first.
    • This time, wrap the yarn and wire to a length of about 1 1/4 inches.
  • Your third arch (in this case, the yellow arch) is again a little longer than the last one.
    • Wrap the yarn and wire to a length of about 1 1/2 inches.
  • Of course, your last arch ( in this case, the red arch), will be your longest.
    • Wrap the yarn and wire to a length of about 1 3/4 inches.

  • You can always check to make sure your arches are the right length by placing them beside each other to make sure they all fit perfectly.
  • Once all your arches are ready to go, trim the excess white yarn (aka the 'cloud') so that it is the same length on all the arches.

Step 7: Step 7: Gluing

  • For my rainbow earrings, I used epoxy glue. However I would strongly suggest instead using a hot glue gun.
  • Spread some glue across the inside edge of your longest arch. Quickly press the next arch into it and hold until the glue is set.
    • Leave a dry, unglued spot in the middle between the top two arches. We will be using this space to insert our jump-ring in the next step.
    • If you are using a glue that takes longer to set, use bobby pins to hold the arches together as the glue dries.
  • Continue this step for the remaining arches.
    • If necessary, you can add some glue to the back of the rainbow to give it extra support.
  • Make sure the glue is completely dry before moving on to the next step!

Step 8: Step 8: Jump-rings and Earring Hooks

  • Once the glue is completely dry, insert a jump-ring in the middle between the top two arches.
    • You may need pliers to open and close the jump-ring.
  • Finally, attach your earring hook to the jump-rings!
  • If you prefer a stud style, you can instead glue a basic stud to the back of the rainbow pendant.

Step 9: You're Done!

You did it! Enjoy your adorable pair of handmade rainbow earrings!

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    6 Discussions

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    Randomona

    11 hours ago

    I love this! Will try it out sometime :)

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    DanPro

    3 days ago

    This is a stand out Instructable for the rainbow contest.
    They pop out at you from the screen.
    Good luck!

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    Gadisha

    4 days ago

    Fun idea :)

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    JustineM32

    6 days ago

    Aww! These are so cute!

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    seamster

    6 days ago

    These are so clever! Great idea and execution! :D