Monday, March 12, 2012

Pinned There, Done That: Lace Earring Tutorial

Okay, so this post isn't exactly 'green', or St. Patrick's-themed, but if you look closely, you'll see little four-leaf clovers in the center of the earrings - which makes them perfect for this week's Pinned There, Done That!

There's something so lovely and romantic about lace - soft and delicate, with intricate patterns that speak to the skill and care of its maker. Of course, lace is just as likely to be made by machine these days, but that doesn't detract from its delicate beauty.

I was swept along on the lace earring trend long before I joined Pinterest, but that didn't stop me pinning a few examples! As far as I can tell, it was a series of pretty lace earrings from Anthropologie  that sparked the DIY lace earring craze. That's hardly surprising - every visit to Anthropologie is like an injection of inspiration - but what surprised me was just how easy they are to make. Just 5 minutes, start-to-finish, was all I needed to craft my own pair of elegant earrings. Naturally, I couldn't stop at just one pair!

The shape and design of your earrings will depend on the lace you use, but even a single piece of lace will likely offer you enough possible variations for several pairs of earrings. The process is so simple that it's almost addictive. Pretty soon you'll be making lace earrings for all your friends and relations!

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To make your own lace earrings you'll need lace, scissors, pilers (I use round-nose), and ear wires. If you want your earrings to be stiff (or your lace is very soft or fragile), you'll also want some water and Elmer's glue.

Here's what you need!

1. The first step is to cut the desired shape from the lace. Here's where your creativity can shine through - all the earrings in this post were made from the same piece of lace, cut in different ways.

2. Once you have your lace, you have the option to paint it with a few coats of watered-down Elmer's glue. I left my earrings uncoated, but if your lace is very delicate, this will make it stronger and stiffer. Allow the lace to dry before proceeding.

3. Thread the lace onto the bottom loop of the ear wire. You may need your pliers to open the loop. After the lace is attached, be sure to close the loop with the pliers.

And that's all, folks! If you want to make pendant/drop earrings (like the one shown above), you'll need some jewelry wire to attach the pieces of lace together, but otherwise, it's as easy as 1-2-3!

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  1. So beautiful and delicate!
    These earrings are a great idea and are open to loads of variations,.

  2. Super cute! I'd love for you to link it up to Crafty Cousins!


    Holla! We're your newest followers! :)

  3. Love it! I just saw some of these at an expensive boutique the other day. I can't wait to try these! Thanks!

  4. Such pretty earrings :) A nice idea to surprise my daughters. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I have been wanting some of these. Thanks for the easy tutorial!

    I would love for you to follow my blog too so that we can share ideas!

    Your newest follower,
    Val @

  6. These are gorgeous--very chic! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  7. cute delicate and LIGHT! love these earrings.
    i would love for you to link this post up to my weekend wrap up link party: spread the love.
    there are no rules, just link up and share your fun things with others!
    stop by if you are interested!
    {love} lauryn

  8. Great idea! I know I can do that... Simple as pie! I have tons of old lace too. Great share.

  9. What a great idea! I love it. Super simple, but so elegant!

  10. Another good thing in buying and wearing trendy beaded jewelry is you do not want to spend thousands of greenbacks to have people who will appreciate your look and your image. Fashionable beaded jewelry like necklaces, earrings and bracelets are available in wide variety of styles and designs. You'll only spend one or two dollars to few hundred bucks depending on the kind of materials you select for your jewelry.

  11. And here I am thinking you actually made the lace itself yourself!