Friday, January 20, 2012

{PaperClip & String Valentine Earrings}

When I was making gifts before Christmas, I stumbled upon this great tutorial by Evie S. for geometric earrings made from paperclips and string.  I wanted to make some of these, but I simply ran out of time.  Since Valentine's day is approaching, I decided to try to make my own version of Evie's earrings.  I created my PaperClip & String Valentine Earrings.


I started the project with paper clips, red string, and Liquid Stitch.  (Later, I used earring hooks.)


I first had to figure out how to make a heart out of the paper clip.  This is what I came up with.


I opened all the parts of the paper clip.  Then I used a small pair of pliers to create the "V" at the top of the heart.  Then I begin attaching the string to the paper clip.


I cut a piece of string that I thought would be long enough to cover the entire paper clip.  I knotted the string around the bottom of the heart.  I squeezed out a blob of Liquid Stitch on a piece of paper and used my finger to apply some of it to the paper clip.  Then I wrapped the string around the paper clip, adding more Liquid Stitch as needed.  When I got to the part where the clip was in two pieces, I used pliers to hold the pieces together while I wrapped the string around the wire and secured it with glue.  When I had the wire covered with string, I wrapped the string around the whole heart in a random pattern.  I ended up with two string covered hearts.


I attached an earring hook to each heart.  Then my super inexpensive, modern pair of Valentine earrings was finished.


I think they look pretty.


I can wear them with a t-shirt and cute scarf or with a sweater.


Whatever I wear them with, they will be the perfect Valentine's addition to my wardrobe.  Or I could give them away as a Valentine's gift!  :)  
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49 comments:

  1. I love these they are so sweet! Thanks for sharing...great job!!

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  2. Hi, Bethany

    I love these earrings. How awesome and creative. Thank you for guest hosting last week. It was a hugh blessings for me. Have a great weekend.

    Vanessa

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  3. These earrings are super fun...and they're a valentine! Don't forget to link up your valentines at my Valentine Link Party, please. Thanks, Michelle
    http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/01/rockin-valentine-valentine-link-party.html

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  4. Thanks for linking up, Bethany! You're so creative!

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  5. I made mine in time for Christmas, and now will have to do these for Valentine's Day. :)

    http://mommyoftwo247.blogspot.com/2011/12/super-cool-earrings.html

    Angela

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  6. How darling. I am getting out the paper clips right now!

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  7. These are adorable! I may have to give them a try!

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  8. These are awesome! I would have never thought to do that. :) Thank you for linking up to A Pinteresting Party! Giving this a pin...hopefully I can make some for V-Day!

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  9. These are super cute! Thank you for stopping by or I might have missed these little gems! Following you ; )

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  10. SO pretty!! I love it and so creative!! I host a weekly linky party every Sunday and would love for you to join in with your fun ideas!!
    The Foley Fam Blog

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  11. These are adorable ..my daughter will love them....

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  12. Cute! I would have never thought to do hearts!

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  13. LOVE these!! I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party!
    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/01/i-heart-projects-linky-party.html

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  14. I love these! They seem so simple to make. Will have to try it out.

    WhimsicallyHomemade

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  15. Wowo, this is so cool and a really clear tutorial. I pinned it to my must do list. Thanks for sharing :)

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  16. ADORABLE! I’m hosting a Valentine theme linky party starting tonight at 11:30. Would love it if you came by and linked up! www.serendipityandspice.blogspot.com
    -Melissa

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  17. Those are just adorable!!! Would love for you to post on my Linky Party going on right now at http://www.thesweettalkshop.com/2012/01/sweettalkin-sunday-2.html I came over to check you out by way of Bliss Images and Beyond!! Think I'll stay a while and see what else you have up your crafty sleeve!!!

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  18. Your earrings are darling! I made some with the paper clips using Evie S's tutorial and they're so fun! I love that you made them into hearts! I found you through Tutus and Tea Parties. Thanks for sharing! :)

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  19. Bethany, these are adorable! What a smart idea! Simple and unique...love it!

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  20. These are really sweet thanks for the tutorial! I'm decorating my niece's room at the moment and I think these would look really good as a garland :)

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  21. these are seriously awesome. I'm going to make some today actually

    I'm a new follower!

    http://sisterswhat.blogspot.com

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  22. Hi! Erica from Bliss Images... and Beyond sent me over! I am so glad she did! I Love this idea and I am going to give it a try!! :) Thanks for sharing!! I can't wait to see what you post next... I am your newest follower!
    Maria
    www.rustyhinge.blogspot.com

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  23. Those are so cute...so creative! I also wanted to let you know that I'm hosting my first giveaway, I'd love you to stop by my blog & enter to win a free My Memories digital scrapbooking software!
    Sally
    loveofhomes.blogspot.com

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  24. What a cute idea. I'm loving all the string art. I'm a new follower from Funky Polka Dot Giraffe. I hope you'll stop by.

    http://theloops13.blogspot.com

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  25. So pretty, and easy. I've not made jewelry before but I would be willing to try this. Thanks for showing us how to make. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best party.

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  26. THANKS so much for linkin up :) I shared your idea on my networks! Please feel free to grab a featured button from my site and get your brag on :) Hope to see you in the future :)

    www.thefoleyfam.com

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  27. Bethany, loved your earrings! Very cute and creative. Thanks for sharing at the Shady Porch. I shared your post on my FB page today!

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  28. I love these!! They are so cute!!
    Your so crafty !!
    http://sailingwithbarefeet.blogspot.com/

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  29. Beautiful earrings!! So creative!! Thank you so much for stopping by and linking up!!

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  30. Thanks so much for linking up to the Manic Monday link party…it was a huge success! Make sure you check back Sunday when I feature the top 3 posts. I’ll be hosting another Manic Monday linky party this week- the theme is “Favorite Things”…details will be posted at noon. 
    -Melissa
    www.serendipityandspice.blogspot.com

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  31. Wow!! These are super pretty and very festive. Happy you linked to Things I've Done Thursday!

    www.bearrabbitbear.com

    P.S. I'd like to invite you back to check out my new blog makeover and to enter my current giveaways!! Have an excellent weekend!

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  32. Super Cute! Thanks so much for linking up!! Just a reminder to register for my giveaway...

    Ramsign Giveaway: Porcelain Enamel Sign {up to $99 value}

    XO, Aimee

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  33. Great post, thank you for sharing !!!
    Hope you will stop by and link up another fabulous post, linky party is up !!!
    Claire xox

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  34. Hi! I just wanted to pop in and let you know you were one of the features this week:
    http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinteresting-party-week-24.html

    Thank you for linking up to A Pinteresting Party!

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  35. Wow, those are so stinking cute.......... What a great idea.

    Rhonda

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  36. What a crafty and cute idea! I featured them on my CraftBliss blog and linked back to you. ~Dee

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  37. these are simply wonderful!!!! thanks for sharing -- going to be making some!!!! : ) (hugs)

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  38. THIS IS SO DARLING.. You are featured via Pin'Inspirational Thursday today.. THANKS SO MUCH for linking.. Sincerely appreciate it.. Hope you can stop in, snag a button and link up again.. Wishing you an amazing evening.. Xoxoxo.. ~Marilyn

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  39. You are featured for being one of the top 10 most clicked links on the I Heart Projects Linky Party! I hope you'll stop by and check it out and grab a featured button while you are there.
    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/02/fun-friday-finds-valentines-day.html

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  40. This is so gorgeous! Thanks for commenting on my blog, got me to discover your beautiful blog.
    i am your newest follower and would be honored if you would like to follow back. But no hard feelings if not :-)
    love
    jutta

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  41. I love these! Do you sell them anywhere? I'm not particularly crafty...

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  42. Totally CUTE!!! I need to make some for my SIL now - she will love them.

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  43. These are sooooo cute!! I will be making them for the Valentine's Day!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Charlotte from AZ

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