Make your very own handmade earrings!
I kid you not, these make the PERFECT gift on so many levels. Not only will the recipient be blown away by the originality of these earrings but even more so when they find out they weren't bought but HANDMADE. And by you no less! If you are a parent or grandparent try to get some of the kids to help you out. My daughter had a fabulous time dipping the paper in and watching the watercolor blend with the others to create new colors. Not only is it a collaborative and bonding experience but it teaches them color theory and fine motor skills.
The possibilities are endless when you let your creativity run wild with this DIY project. I have added a few photos of the earrings I created but just imagine how many different avenues you could take.
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Use your screw punch to create holes at the very top of your paper shapes where you want the earring piece to go, making sure that the hole isn't to close to the edge of the paper or it may become to flimsy and easily rip. Always remember to use a hard surface like a cutting board when using a screw punch since it will leave marks and damage whatever surface you use.
This is the BEST part! Use your tweezers to carefully dip all of your shapes into the liquid watercolors and dab them on your paper towel or rag to absorb any extra paint. Get as CREATIVE as possible and try mixing up different colors and patterns or even create a variety of shades using just one color.
This is an extra step I added that wasn't in the original DIY project where I decided to add a sealant to the earrings for increased longevity. I wanted to save on time so I used a varnish spray that I've used on my watercolor paintings but honestly I would probably recommend taking the time and using Mod Podge. The spray added a varnish smell that took time to disappear and the Mod Podge seemed to add more durability to the earrings.