Tuesday, June 5, 2012

DIY: Origami Earrings!

Not to get too political here (Small PSA: CA elections are TODAY! Find your polling place here), but I have always been a lover of the environment and as a self-proclaimed shopaholic, have had a soft spot for eco-fashion too. Sure, there are pricey organic clothing lines selling all sorts of things like organic cotton tees and organic denim, but that's not what I'm talking about. Since it's *almost* impossible for me to stop shopping entirely, as a consumer, I am a lover of buying secondhand, thrift, vintage, and the like (and of course, byob, or bring your own bag). Buying something which was already produced leaves less of a carbon footprint than buying a brand-new item, and so I always try to thrift, borrow, or just dig around my closet before I hit the department stores.

In this post, I wanted to show you all a way to turn your TRASH into TREASURE! No, I'm not going to teach you how to make a mini guitar with tissue boxes and rubber bands, or something else you will probably end up NEVER using and ultimately throwing away.

Let's turn yogurt lids like this:

into these beauties:
I made the 2 pairs with the 3 larger beads below the crane. I bought the 3rd pair with the smaller beads from a fair in Paris in 2008 (I don't remember the name of the vendor, otherwise I would credit her!).

Let's Get Started!
permanent marker
stringing wire 
(26 gauge/30 yd, $1.49)
yogurt lid 
(1 lid makes 1 pair of cranes)
earring hooks 
(100 pc findings mix, $3.99)
beads of your choice 
(15 ceramic beads, $2.99; I had the crystal beads at home already)
prices above are from Michael's

Trying to find an affordable birthday gift for your girlfriend/friend/mother/aunt/grandmother? Want something unique to give to your lovely bridesmaids? Looking for a cool grad gift this month? These origami earrings are not only cute & extremely easy to make, but you can make them for less than $2 a pair, especially if you already have a few beads lying around the house!

SPECIAL THANKS go out to my little sister Cecilia who helped me fold my 2nd set of cranes because she can fold them perfectly AND in record speed (i.e. 1 minute vs me struggling for 1 hour). Okay, so it may seem like I was schooled by a 14-year-old, but she has...abnormally small fingers? Anywho, are any of you Tumblrs/Tumblr-ers? Check out her hilarious Tumblr, Inescapableness. I know she'd love that! :)

-If you use something other than a yogurt lid, try to use something that is sturdy and semi-waterproof. Using plain paper may make the crane too delicate and subject to being misshapen, wrinkled, flattened, or being ruined, so keep that in mind. I'd love to hear ideas on what other materials you try! Leave them in the comments below!
-Use lightweight beads on these earrings so that they don't cause stress to your earlobes!
-For overachieving craftinistas, try using Sterling Silver earring hooks and Swarovski beads for better quality and that diva sparkle!
-I used silver stringing wire, but you could also use gold, copper, or any other color if you aren't concerned with matching the silver cranes from the yogurt lids.

1. Use your permanent marker, preferably one with a fine tip, and measure two 1 inch x 1 inch squares on your yogurt lid. I used a Sharpie fine tip marker and a yogurt lid from Yoplait.

2. Cut each of the squares out.

3. Begin folding the crane with the silver facing outwards so that the crane will ultimately be silver. Never folded a crane before? Check out these helpful tutorials here and here!

4. Once you're done folding your pair of cranes, set them aside. Cut 2 pieces of 16-inch long wire (or your desired length). Each piece will be used for 1 earring.

5. String a piece of the wire through the circular loop in the earring hook. Make sure that the hook is in the center of the wire and fold the wire in half. 

6. Now this is where you can let your creativity flow! I twisted the wires together a few times and formed a heart with the wire, then added beads, and then the crane in one style, and in the other, I just added the crane immediately and then added the beads after. Play around with different styles until you get your desired combination.

7. To add the crane, I used a needle and poked the crane slowly and as straight as I could from the bottom up. BE CAREFUL! Don't make the hole too large because then it will be harder to keep it one place. 

8. Lastly, I twisted any extra wire back up and around the beads haphazardly around. Don't worry about making each one perfectly symmetrical with the other. This is what is unique about DIYs and handicrafts. Just have fun!
Why BUY when you can DIY? 
I hope you enjoyed this newest craft and I'd love to see photos of your little crane creations as well, so be sure to let me know in the comments below if you tried this tutorial!

Check out my last DIY project here.

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22 notes:

fashion meets art said...

wow- wonderful idea. so creative! i love the result!
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Always Maylee said...

This is so cool, what a great DIY!

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Joy said...

wow now that's creative. =]

high heels ☆ high expectations said...

Amazing idea!

Karola said...

If only I wasn't so lazy... :) LOL ;)
Awesome ideas!


Anastasia from Natbeesfashion said...

Thats such a cool DIY!!!Well done :)))


hautepinkpretty said...

Wow, seriously, this is such an awesome upcycle! Love it! Xox <3 hautepinkpretty.com

Joanne said...

So cute! You're so creative and talented :)



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Kristin said...

Ching-Yun! Such a cute blog! I am new to the blogging world but feel so inspired, especially since you're only been at it for a few months. Love your fun style! This DIY is so creative and a great way to go green.

and so it goes.... said...

Such a creative, original idea! I am wholly impressed!


The Sparkle Girl said...

Soo soo cute CY!! You're so creative! I will definitely have to try this out!! Lovee!!!

xoxo The SG


Candida said...

Wow! If only I had that patience.

Kathy said...

This is an amazing idea! I am so impressed. You are so creative, I love your blog!

Diana Marks said...

great. thanks for sharing

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The White List said...

Really cool post! Great blog! Your posts keep me coming back for more - it's cos you're amazing!!! Have a great day and a brilliant week ahead! Looking forward to more posts from you!


Erin @ Currently Coveting said...

Those are SO pretty!


Cee said...

What a fabulous DIY - I love the results! I always love to see the creative DIYs that bloggers come up with. I have no talent for crafting, but when I see posts like these, I love to imagine that I do :)

Manon Margaretha said...

Wouw, This looks so pretty !
I love your style and blog (:

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