Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Tutorial Tuesday: Bow Earrings

Hey there! Chelsea from Curves & Curls here & I’m super excited to be guest-posting for Nikki today! Today I’ll be showing you how to make Bow Dangle Earrings. This is an idea I came up with for my own line of earrings last year. They’re very easy to make, and there’ll be a photo for each step to make it even easier to follow along. Let’s get started!

Start by compiling your supplies. You will need:
·       A hot glue gun & glue sticks
·       Scissors
·       Needle-Nose Pliers
·       A spool of thin ribbon (about 0.5” wide)
·       Thread (I used embroidery thread, but whatever you have will work fine!)
·       Needles & a few pins
·       Jump Rings
·       Dangle Earrings

Next, cut 4 strips of ribbon, about 3” long each.

Now take one of the strips & fold it into thirds lengthwise. Secure with a pin and repeat with a second strip.

Thread your needle and stitch across the center as shown. Repeat with second piece.

Pull the thread tight, tie the ends together and snip off the excess thread. You should have two mini bows, as shown above.

Take the remaining strips and fold them in half. You can place a dot of hot glue in the center to secure it if you want.

Place a dot of glue on the center of one mini bow, and attach one of the folded strips as shown.

Fold the bottom of the strip under the bow as shown and secure with a dot of glue. Snip off the extra ribbon.

Put the top end of the strip through a jump ring as shown.

Fold the strip over the top and secure with a dot of glue. Snip off the extra ribbon.

You’re almost done! Your bow should now look like this.

Using your pliers, open the ring at the bottom of the earring attachment as shown.

Hook the earring onto the jump ring and secure with your pliers. Repeat steps 7-12 for the second earring.

Here’s the finished product, along with a few more pairs I made recently. My favorites are the little teacups on the blue and the pink ones! Use any ribbon you like, and just have fun with it. Mix and match ribbons, or use the little bows for something else. Enjoy!  

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