Gold Star Earrings

After making the clay heart stud earrings using my small clay [cookie] cutter shapes, I wanted to expand the possibilities (it was ridiculously quick and easy, cost me about nothing, and I got something pretty to wear... my perfect project!) so I played with some more clay and shapes and came up with gold stars!

I used regular Sculpey gold clay and a tiny star shaped cutter.  Just roll out your clay, use your cookie cutter-like tool to cut out the stars, bake those according to the package directions, let them cool, and glue them onto some earring backs. Voila! 

Unlike the heart studs, I didn't glaze these ones... the clay already had a subtle shimmer that I liked as is so I left that step out. 

A side view so you can see the earring back...

Quick and easy earrings with supplies I had online - perfect!

I'll be linking up to some of my favorite parties...

Clemson Tray

Before we moved away from South Carolina, I had the idea to make a little Clemson tray using my Silhouette. My thought was that I could incorporate it into wherever we lived and it would be a little bit of the subtle Clemson flavor in the background that could also help out during tailgating season!


It was super-easy to make this and you could do it without a Silhouette. Here's how I made this one...

Supplies

  • Spray paint (in team colors; purple for this project)
  • Vinyl (in team colors; orange for this project)
  • Silhouette (Cameo or X-acto knife and stencil)
  • Transfer paper
  • Spray on gloss / sealant
  • Plain tray

Gather up your supplies...

Spray paint your tray with your background color - in this case, purple. I sprayed on two coats and let it dry overnight.

Then, I used my Silhouette software to trace and make a big orange Clemson paw. (The paw is actually there below, you just can't quite tell.)

Peel off the excess vinyl. Apply the transfer tape to the big design... 

Put the design onto the tray using your transfer paper/tape and rub the design on there so it's smoothly applied. 

Remove the transfer tape and press down any loose edges of the design and admire it... 

Because I wanted to be able to have drinks and food on this tray without ruining it, I added a sealant/glossy coating spray to the tray. And then I let that dry overnight and it looked mostly the same, but now I'm not worried if a sweating drink lands on it.

It cost almost nothing (maybe $3 for the tray at Michael's or Hobby Lobby and then the spray paint and the vinyl and all that were things we already had because we really love Clemson and obviously have purple and orange everything). 

The pictures aren't great, but I love this little tray. I don't think it's safe to eat off of directly, but it has held up for more than two years now (because there might be a crazy ridiculous delay in getting stuff posted to the blog). 

I'll be linking up to some of my favorite parties...

DIY Earrings Roundup {Part 1}


After I rounded up some awesome DIY ways to store your earrings, I whipped up something for myself (that I'll share at some point here) and then the only natural step was to look for inspiration on the web in the form of earrings to make... I got a little carried away so I'm just going to lead off with this first part of the roundup. Enjoy and stay tuned for more!

(All of these go from top left to the right, then left side of the second row all the way to the right, and so on.)
1. Crafts Unleashed Grapevine // 2. Mad Min Pyramid // 3. Four Front Doors Glue Gun // 4. Oh Everything Handmade Teardrop // 5. Thanks, I Made It Summer // 6. Ornamentea Day Glow // 7. Legendary Beads Framed Ombre // 8. Cadouri Speciale // 9. Infarrantly Creative Picadilly // 10. My Girlish Whims Anthro Knockoff  // 11. The 36th Avenue Gold Striped // 12. Confetti Pop Herringbone Mobile //

13. This House Is Our Home Turquoise // 14. Flamingo Toes Gold Dipped // 15. Wait, I Can Make That Tassel // 16. AditiOdyssey Blue Beads // 17. Henry Happened via Petit Elefant Hex Nut // 18. Artsy Fartsy Mama Peacock //19. Pitter & Glink Clay Agate // 20. 52 Mantels Duct Tape  // 21. Lemon Jitters via Craftaholics Anonymous Geometric // 22. Hey Wanderer Glitter // 23. Sugar Bee Pinwheels // 24. Happy Go Lucky 15 Minutes //

25. DIY on the Cheap Glitter Ball // 26. My Girlish Whims Briolette // 27. Mad in Crafts Faux Geode // 28. Crafting in the Rain Paper // 29. A Beautiful Mess Jade // 30. Gluesticks Clay Cabochons // 31. Momtastic Color Block // 32. All Things Thrifty Painted // 33. Saved by Love Silkscreen // 34. See Vanessa Craft Anthro Tassel // 35. The Scrap Shoppe Buttons // 36. Small Good Things Anthro //

37. Dismount Creative Druzy // 38. Decor Dior Rock Candy // 39. Craft-O-Maniac Aztec // 40. Art of Megan Wire Wrapped  // 41. Blonde Shot Friendship // 42. Happy Together Knotted and Trimmed // 43. Nourish 'Em Chinese Knot // 44. Photojojo Photos // 45. ISLY Textured Clay // 46. The Crafted Life Clay Heart // 47. Hello Natural Discs // 48. The Alison Show Triangle Fringe //

49. Miss Lovie via 30 Handmade Days Chains // 50. Creative Muslimah Domes // 51. Happy Hour Projects Glitter Stencils // 52. Crafted Sparrow Simple Clay // 53. The Thinking Closet Perler Beads // 54. Benson Street Nautical // 55. 7 Alive Memory Wire // 56. Pitter & Glink Chevron Wood // 57. One Dog Woof Cluster // 58. Cutesy Crafts Chipboard // 59. Creature Comforts Embroidery // 60. For the Makers Harlow 

61. Fall for DIY Monkey Knot // 62. Something Turquoise Chain Link // 63. Wedding Obsession Vintage Studs // 64. Mellywood's Mansion Glitter Washers // 65. Delightfully DIY Anthro // 66. Crafts Unleashed Half Moons // 67. Delighted Momma Roses // 68. A Nest for All Seasons Art Deco // 69. Hello Natural Leather Triangle // 70. How About Orange Beaded Hoops // 71. Merry Thought Wood // 72. Transient Expression Tassels //

 73. Rays of Purple Geometric // 74. Lovely Indeed Gold Nugget // 75. Minted Strawberry via Craftaholics Anonymous Druzy // 76. Ohoh Blog Knots // 77. In Honor of Design Colorblock // 78. Pink Samurai Cats // 79. Small Good Things Bows // 80.  Brit + Co. Studs // 81. Adventures in Fashion Geode // 82. Hello Whimsy Mise en Dior // 83. Dream a Little Bigger Shrinky Dink // 84. Baisley and Noir Chevron //

85. Nina Designs Tidal // 86. All Parenting Doily // 87. Swell Mayde Studs // 88. Hobzy Hearts // 89. Something Monumental Dinosaurs // 90. Oh the Lovely Things Silver Crystal // 91. Cafe Craftea Hex // 92. Crafted Hexagon // 93. A Beautiful Mess Thunderbolt // 94. The Sweetest Occasion Seed Bead // 95. Soft Flex Girl Beaded // 96. Wine and Glue Beaded //

97. Design by Night Leather // 98. The Alison Show Clay // 99.  Fab You Bliss Chandelier // 100. Practically Functional Cluster // 101. Life of Riley Beaded // 102. Lily Atlantic Drape // 103. ECAB Gold // 104. Miss Lovie Gold Buttons // 105. All Things Thrifty via Infarrantly Creative Medallion // 106. Craft Snob Pearl Hoops // 107. Dans Le Townhouse Beaded // 108. Bombshell Bling Ombre //

109. My Awesome Beauty Electra // 110. Thanks, I Made It Fishbone // 111. Oh Everything Handmade Carnelian // 112. My Girlish Whims Anthro Beaded // 113. Delighted Momma Colorblock // 114. Happy Go Lucky Color Block // 115. Hey Wanderer Oz // 116. Oh Everything Handmade Amethyst // 117. Dream a Little Bigger Swinging //  118. Flamingo Toes 3 Options // 119. Pitter & Glink Simple Silver // 120. Artsy Fartsy Mama Geometric //

121.  Brit + Co Bobby Pins // 122. Crafted Life Pyramid // 123. Delightfully DIY Paper Arrow // 124. Dream a Little Bigger Druzy // 125. Happy Hour Projects Chandelier // 126. Small Good Things Chan Luu //  127. The Thinking Closet Paint Chips // 128. Oh Everything Handmade Emerald // 129. Thanks, I Made It Clear // 130. Flamingo Toes Gold Dipped Lace // 131. Happy Together Fabric Flowers // 132. Happy Go Lucky Seed Beads //

133. Wait, I Can Make That Dreamcatcher // 134. Happy Go Lucky Chandelier // 135. Flamingo Toes Ducktape // 136. Brit + Co Rhinestone Hoops // 137. Thanks, I Made It Rhinestone // 138. Oh Everything Handmade Peridot // 139. Hey Wanderer Cold Porcelain // 140. Thanks, I Made It Crystal Cluster // 141. Flamingo Toes Girly & Geeky // 142. Happy Go Lucky Pearl Cluster // 143. Infarrantly Creative Candy Corn // 144. Pitter & Glink Cotter Pin //

145. Oh Everything Handmade Shells  // 146. Dream a Little Bigger Knot Studs // 147. Creative Muslimah Geometric Discs // 148. Crafting in the Rain Spiderwebs // 149. Happy Go Lucky Ombre //  150. Make It and Fake It Tassels //  151. Casa de Lewis Buttons // 152. Evie S Paper Clips // 153. Joy Ever After Layered // 154. Ruffles and Stuff Petals // 155. ReFab Diaries Stamps // 156. Stories of A to Z Upcycled //

Remember that more awesomely DIY earrings are coming up!

I'll be linking up to some of my favorite parties...
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