Plastic Cup Dangle Earrings
Create custom earrings from a plastic cup, a paper punch, and your favorite fabric prints with this recycling craft from Maureen Wilson. If you're looking for a fun plastic cup craft to recycle leftover cups, this video tutorial is for you.
- Plastic cup
- Scrapbooking paper punch
- Fabric scraps
- Fabric adhesive spray
- ModPodge & brush
- Jump rings
- Fish hook earrings
- First protect your work area with newspaper or wrapping paper, because it’s going to get sticky.
- You’ll need a plastic cup. I would recommend using a clear one if possible, but this was all I had on hand. Cut a flat strip from the cup. Don’t use any part of the cup that has ridges.
- Use a scrapbooking paper punch to punch shapes from the plastic. For this pair, I’m using a 1-inch circle punch and a 1/2-inch circle punch.
- Cut scraps of fabric to cover your shapes. You’ll want to cover the front and the back.
- Use fabric adhesive spray to adhere the fabric to the plastic. Smooth down the fabric.
- Allow it to dry for a couple of minutes, then lift the paper to gently peel the earring from your work area. Cut around the shape to remove the excess fabric.
- Spray the other side with adhesive spray, and repeat the previous steps.
- Use a small 1/8 inch hole punch to add holes for your jump rings. I’m adding one hole to my large circle, and two holes to my small circle.
- Seal the fabric and prevent fraying by coating the front, back, and sides with a layer of ModPodge. Allow to dry.
- Use jump rings to attach the shapes to fish hook earrings. When opening jump rings, twist the opposite sides to open rather than pulling apart.
Try making earrings in a variety of shapes and prints!