Have you ever decided last-minute on an outfit for a party and needed to get creative to find the matching accessories in your wardrobe? Yep, you’ve guessed right…it happened to me and this post will be all about how to last-minute DIY Red Velvet Teardrop Earrings.
What I love about being creative is that you can handle almost any situation. All you need to do is to NOT FREAK OUT, but to SIT DOWN AND THINK!
- Need a last-minute gift idea? Well, rummage through your stash and craft one!
- No money for new furniture? Rescue a run down piece from the thrift store or a roadside-find and give it some TLC.
- Need last-minute DIY Jewelry for your outfit? DIY it! I am positive you’ll come up with super creative ideas. Think paper, leather, yarn, or even pressed flowers!
Thrift Store Challenge
I love participating in challenges. They even further fuel my creativity! As I enjoy frugal crafts and even have a FREE Guide for you to learn how to get Craft Supplies for Low or No Money, joining those super crafty ladies from the Thrift Store Challenge is always a no-brainer!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
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You’ll find this month’s creative ideas from my co-hosts at the very end of this post.
Supplies for DIY Red Suede Earrings
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- Red suede (I scored mine at the thrift store)
- Teardrop shaped template (You’ll find two different sizes for free HERE – it’s a thank you for subscribing to my newsletter)
- Thick Mylar or any transparent plastic sheet
- Cutting matt (here is a great offer of cutting mat + knife)
- X-Acto knife
- Leather hole punch (a tool I use often in my crafts e.g. for gift tags – it’s worth investing in one!)
- Fish hook earring wires (I have sensitive ear lobes and only wear 925 Sterling Silver ones! As those earrings will be super lightweight, I recommend also using tiny rubber safety backs)
- Round nose pliers
How to DIY Red Velvet Teardrop Earrings
Download the teardrop-shaped template (it comes in two sizes!) as a thank you for subscribing to my newsletter.
You can simply cut out the print and use the paper as your template.
Tip: What I like about using thicker mylar, though, is that it guides my X-Acto knife while I am hand-cutting out the shape. This way the cut lines won’t be totally crooked 😉
If you have a Cricut Maker or a Brother ScanNCut, you won’t be having this issue as your cutting machine will cut even thicker materials such as leather with super straight lines! But, my template is not an SVG. You’ll need to come up with that on your own. Sorry. I am just learning how to use my Brother ScanNCut and will come up with tutorials soon!
Tip: Always use a cutting mat to protect your work surface and elongate your sharp blades life. Cutting on cardboard will make your knife go blunt in no time.
Once you’ve cut out your earrings, use a leather hole punch and create a small hole in the top of your earring.
Tip: You can use a leather hole punch for so many things. All you need is to be creative: Use it to punch a hole into DIY gift tags, to create a border for a DIY card, or for DIY jewelry. Can you come up with even more ideas?
Now, it is time to attach the fish-hook (or French hook) earring wires to your cut-out leather pieces. It’s best to use round nose pliers to carefully bend open the base of your hooks. Slip it through your previously punched hole in the red suede leather earrings and bend it close again.
And tadaaaaa, you’re done! Put them right on and look stunning! I even got a red manicure and wore my red Pelle Moda Kacey heels I ordered from Nordstrom. They are so comfortable – if you consider the hight of the heels – that I went ahead and got them in black, too. (Even though shipping to Germany and customs is quite a sum :-/ )
If you liked this tutorial you might also like my other DIY Jewelry tutorials like these:
- Crocheted Boho Hoop Earrings,
- the Macramé Spiral Bracelet for Couples or BFF’s,
- adorable Pressed Flowers Wood Pendants.
- Or find even more inspiration over at Favecrafts.com.
Have you ever made your jewelry yourself before? And for what occasion would you wear those red teardrop earrings?
Also, I just realized that this is my Post No. 100! Wohoooo, time to celebrate <3
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PPS: And now for more thrifty goodness! Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!