Upcycled Cardstock Earrings

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I love earrings. Really.  Almost as much as chocolate lip balm. I know. That’s saying a lot! And it’s because of my deep appreciation for this lovely fashion accessory that I decided to include a little bonus with every Eclair Lips Trio – everything you need to make yourself a brand new pair of cute earrings while you recycle your packaging to boot!

Love thisl! You can transform the packaging from the lip balm trio into a super cute pair of earrings! The hooks even come in the package!

What a great idea! Recycle pretty bits of scrapbook paper and cardstock into earrings to match your outfit!(Pssst – if you just ended up here through Pinterest or Google and don’t know what an Eclair Lips Trio is, don’t worry, you can still totally pull off this DIY without it.)

I was inspired to give this project a try when I saw it over at Sandy’s Space. I thought these little earrings were just brilliant and knew they would be the perfect thing to whip up with the bits of packaging from an Eclair Lips Trio. So with some planning and a few little tweaks, all the pieces needed come with one of my trios and the tutorial is right here for you!

Here’s what you need:

If you bought an Eclair Lips Trio, you’ll need:

  • The outer coloured cardstock sleeve, opened up*
  • The string from the bow around the box*
  • The pair of earring hooks that was in the package*
  • A printout of this measuring guide, or just a ruler to measure on your own if you’d rather not print anything
  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue (I used a glue stick, but you could also use a hot glue gun if you have one)

*If you are doing this with your own supplies, you’ll need a small piece of cardstock (enough to cut out 12 half-inch squares, a pair of earring hooks and some pretty string (I used creamy/silvery embroidery floss)

Print out and cut out one of the guides from this page. Take your cardstock and lay the guide over top of it.  Cut out the half-inch squares one by one.  If you’d rather not print the guide, you can just measure out the squares yourself.  You’ll need 12 squares. (I included 15 in the printed guide so you have a few extra. Just in case!)

So cool! You can transform the packaging from the lip balm trio into a super cute pair of earrings! The hooks even come in the package!

So cool! You can transform the packaging from the lip balm trio into a super cute pair of earrings! The hooks even come in the package!

Once you have all 12 of your squares, fold them all in half diagonally.  If they aren’t perfect, that’s ok – you can just trim them with scissors to get them more even. Or you know, use one of those extra squares you cut out…

So cool! You can transform the packaging from the lip balm trio into a super cute pair of earrings! The hooks even come in the package!

Now, take the first triangle, apply some glue to the inside and press down so that it sticks together.  Next, you’ll grab another triangle, apply some glue to the inside, but this time, you’ll sandwich the first triangle into this one.  The open parts of the triangles are the sides that should come together each time. It’s kind of a more visual thing, so have a look at this image:

So cool! You can transform the packaging from the lip balm trio into a super cute pair of earrings! The hooks even come in the package!

So cool! You can transform the packaging from the lip balm trio into a super cute pair of earrings! The hooks even come in the package!

Now keep adding one triangle after the other until you have 5 triangles sandwiched together.

When you get to the 6th triangle, just set it aside for a moment.

It’s time to grab your earring hooks and your string.  Cut two pieces of string that are each about 3 inches long.  Take the first piece of string and pass it through the eye of the hook.

So cool! You can transform the packaging from the lip balm trio into a super cute pair of earrings! The hooks even come in the package!

Once it’s through, tie two small knots, like this:

So cool! You can transform the packaging from the lip balm trio into a super cute pair of earrings! The hooks even come in the package!

Now trim the ends of the string so that they are slightly shorter than the folded side of the triangle, like this:

So cool! You can transform the packaging from the lip balm trio into a super cute pair of earrings! The hooks even come in the package!

Apply some glue to the inside of this last triangle, sandwich the string inside the fold, being careful that you leave the two knots popping out from the top, and then sandwich that to the 5 other triangles that you’ve already glued together.  To help the glue set, you might want to put these under a heavy book for a few hours to press everything together. If you have a hot glue gun, this is the step where it would be particularly useful to help the string stay firmly in place. But either way, it will work!

Once you’re done, you should end up with a pretty earring that looks like this:

So cool! You can transform the packaging from the lip balm trio into a super cute pair of earrings! The hooks even come in the package!

Now do the same thing for the second earring, and soon, you’ll have a pair!

So cool! You can transform the packaging from the lip balm trio into a super cute pair of earrings! The hooks even come in the package!

I went a little crazy, so I have a few pairs…

So cool! You can transform the packaging from the lip balm trio into a super cute pair of earrings! The hooks even come in the package!

I really hope you love these as much as I do! And once you’ve made them, I would LOVE to see a photo of your snazzy new earrings on Instagram – don’t forget to tag with #eclairlips to make sure I see it!

Now what about the tissue paper that came with your trio? Did you check out the Easy Peasy Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial?

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