Thursday, December 19, 2013

DIY eco-friendly project

What we're going to make.
Let me show you fist the final picture

Ta-dam! A pair of cute earrings.  

So, we'll need:
an iron
a candle and marches
one sheet of white office paper
one white plastic bag (from the nearest supermarket)
some beads
scissors, thread and a needle
earring hooks and bases for flowers ( flat beads, buttons, bead caps)
and 20 minutes time


We'll make flowers from our plastic bag. First,let's make "plastic paper".
Cut out white parts (from both sides of the bag), fold them together



and then in half, and ones more fold them in half (8 layers)


Fold in half the office paper and put inside our plastic sheet. Take an iron, set it up on "polyester"  and iron our "sandwich". Make sure, you cover plastic sheet with paper completely, or it will steak to your iron! Make the iron moving for couple of seconds, check out if all plastic layers have fused. Don't over do it! This is what you'll get


Draw a simple flower-form on our plastic paper ( I used 4 flower shapes), cut out them





Cut between petals toward the middle


Now we'll use a candle. Be careful, the material is highly flammable 
Heat each petal separately, just a few seconds , and form shapes you want



Repeat this with all flowers.


Now we have to stitch every two forms together 


Final touches. Embellish with beads.


The flowers are ready, now you can make a pair of earrings with them.
Glue them on bases, glue gun works well, and hang on hooks. I added beads on chains.


Done!



P.S. This is my old project - jewelry case, decorated with plastic flowers.




All the best!










3 comments:

  1. Absolutely loved it. Imagine if every one follows it and make the earrings for themselves and wear it, how many tons of plastic can be reused.. Small effort that can go a long way to keep our environment clean...
    Thanks for sharing this...

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  2. Thank you for taking the time to create this tutorial. I love the way these earrings look. The flowers appear so realistic, and the way you paired them with chains makes them a little edgy. I cannot wait to make some. Great job. Aloha.

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